Ministerial Visit to Cedar Mount Academy and Melland High School

The Baroness Barran MBE (pictured here with Cedar Mount Academy Student Leaders Ahmed and Tiffany) visited two Bright Futures Educational Trust academies, Cedar Mount Academy and Melland High School, on Wednesday 29 September 2021, during her first round of ministerial visits as the newly appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education.

John Stephens, CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust (also pictured), said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our academies in Manchester to showcase the amazing work that we do every day to ensure ‘the best for everyone and the best from everyone’. Our commitment to providing the best possible opportunities for the children, young people, families and communities that we serve was a pleasure to share. Our Principals, Kal Hodgson from Cedar Mount Academy and Sue Warner from Melland High School and all their staff work so hard to ensure that this commitment is not only spoken but is also embedded right the way through each school community.

“It is always an honour to welcome a government minister to our academies and we would like to thank The Baroness Barran MBE for a very informative and enjoyable afternoon which created a real sense of excitement amongst students and colleagues alike – this was great to see.”

During her visit, The Baroness Barran MBE was interested to learn more about the Trust’s approach to wellbeing. Lisa Fathers, Director of Development, Partnerships and Teaching School Hubs at Bright Futures Educational Trust (pictured below with Ahmed and Tiffany) said: “At Bright Futures mental health and wellbeing truly sit at the core of everything that we do and why we do it. There is nothing more important than the health and wellbeing of children and young people.”

The Baroness Barran MBE also spoke with Lisa Fathers  about the Bright Futures Teaching School Hubs for Manchester & Stockport and Trafford & Salford, which form two of the 87 Department for Education (DfE) designated Teaching School Hubs officially launched at the start of the new school year. Teaching School Hubs are centres of excellence tasked with providing high-quality professional development to teachers at all stages of their careers. This programme replaces the previous network of around 750 teaching schools, which ended in August 2021.