Rae Snape is Headteacher of The Spinney Primary School and is shortly starting as the Headteacher of Milton Road Primary School. WE interviewed her to find out how The Spinney Primary School has focused on connecting to the wider education ecosystem to offer a whole education to all their learners.
Rae has been a longstanding friend of the WE network. She spoken at a number of our conferences about the importance of schools connecting with the wider education ecosystem (see a list of the the partners and organisations The Spinney works with here).
What does a whole education mean to you?
- This fully rounded education balances skills, knowledge and character
- It develops peoples’ individual talents, their skills as great citizens and their contribution to wider society.
Why is connecting to the wider education ecosystem so important?
- Being outward facing as a school helps you be research-informed and innovative
- It also role models the way we want children to learn and work. Young people can see teachers constantly learning and working with lots of different people
What have been the benefits of connecting to other partners in the education ecosystem?
- The partnership helped them think about pedagogy that develop children’s ability to listen and communicate, and build effective dialogue practice
- Across the whole school community – not just with their young people.
What’s next for The Spinney (and for you)?
To find out more about The Spinney’s practice, you can read our blog on what we learned at their primary hub day. Make sure you are following Rae on Twitter.