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Greetings from Atlas

Greetings from Atlas

Greetings from Atlas

Welcome to the first Atlas newsletter for this academic year.

Read on for a snapshot of how the Atlas Team has been supporting schools so far, focusing on both the here and now (check out the excellent home learning resources for students that are self-isolating), and future development needs (check out the professional learning opportunities).​​​​​​​

Many schools in Lewisham and further afield have accessed CPD via Atlas to help develop understanding about race, diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias.


Feedback so far has been positive and really helpful as we explore next steps together:

Enlightening and thought provoking.

It made me mindful of potential ways that unconscious bias can impact how I act and what I say - both in my professional and personal life.

The content was honest, challenging and relevant to our lives.

Amazing and a very well thought out presentation. Very informative, covered a lot of topics and really created a safe space where we could have difficult conversations and continue to learn.


We hope that this continues to be so for the schools that have scheduled their bespoke training for the coming weeks and months. Of course, a CPD workshop is just one step on a much longer journey. We’re delighted that some colleagues have signed up for the Action Research Programme to lead change specific to their own school contexts and priorities, developing themselves in the process. You’ll hear much more about our approach to improving Equality Diversity and Inclusion from Jan on Friday; Atlas will continue to support this.

Reflecting upon the past 10 weeks, we’ve been very busy and so have all of you! Hundreds of you are reading the Atlas news articles on the Atlas Hub SharePoint – thank you! We’ll continue to post quick updates and increasingly blogs that summarise the best of what’s happening outside the Federation, what we’re learning and how we can learn together.

What is abundantly clear, whether the Atlas Team are providing support and professional learning ‘on the ground’ or remotely, is your exceptional resilience and commitment to realise our Federation’s vision for our children and young people. You remain key to this and Atlas and the Central Team are here to support you. As the days are getting shorter and we enter the final 4 week stretch to our next holiday, check out the wellbeing pages on the Remote Working Hub or get in contact if you’d like a 121 coaching session. These have been extremely popular in the past and for the third time this year we can release a limited number of slots with an external qualified coach.

Finally, we love the gift of feedback! Let us know what you think of this (longer than usual we know!) newsletter. If you need something or want to share something with your Federation colleagues get in touch!


Kafilat Agboola

Atlas Director