Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust


Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust


Student Voice

Student voice is a key cog in the decision making process in every NET academy. Each academy has a Junior Leadership team that runs a very active academy council with nominated Junior Leaders and Class Secretaries who represent each class. School council meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss current issues effecting academy; the Junior Leadership team vote on any action that needs to be taken. Students learn how a democratic system works from an early age and they develop skills in public speaking, decision making and listening to one another’s ideas. Students are empowered by the process and are valued as key stakeholders in every NET academy.

Praise Culture

All Northern Education Trust academies have an incredibly strong praise culture that is evident as soon as you walk through the door with ‘applause moments’ to be heard, displays dedicated to praise and the way teachers and students interact with one another.

Other rewards include:

  • Positive affirmation of effort and achievement in a ‘STEPs to Success’ report shared with parents at various intervals during the year
  • Staff verbally congratulating/ praising children
  • Extra privileges
  • Being given positions of responsibility such as head boy/girl, leading on the school council or being an ambassador for the academy.
  • Postcards home from the staff to recognise outstanding effort and/or application
  • Applause moments – children are encouraged to applaud any noteworthy response from their peers in all lessons
  • Collaborative learning and praise – teaching structures used on a daily basis encourage children working together collaboratively and their subsequent praise for each other for their contributions.

Praise is also the bedrock of our ‘Expectations for Learning Policy’, which encourages children to make positive choices through praise and rewards.

Academy approaches

At Walbottle Academy we teach students how to keep themselves safe and healthy across our curriculum. Students are taught explicitly about health and wellbeing through our life curriculum, this programme is spiralled to ensure that it is age appropriate and teaches students of all ages to be safe and build positive relationships. The Life curriculum is supported by VMG where local community issues and contextual safeguarding issues within our Academy are covered. We have a team of staff who are available to support students with their wellbeing in school, which includes their Learning Manager and a team of two Safe and Wellbeing officers. Students are able to book appointments to see any member of the team, if they feel they need further support. As an Academy we also work closely with local services such as Rise, Outer west and School Health to identify further support for those students who need it.

Local Contacts

Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS) – The Children and Young People’s Service provides a single service to all children and young people aged 0-18 years living in Newcastle and Gateshead who present with mental health difficulties (0191 246 6913).
Streetwise – Free and Confidential Advice, Counselling, Sexual Health and Support Services for Young People aged 11-2 (0191 230 5400).
Kooth – Online Mental Wellbeing Community – www.kooth.com
West End Women and Girls Centre – Groups on offer where women and girls have the opportunity to meet, have fun, learn skills, look at issues relevant to their lives and generally build confidence in a safe and supportive environment. (0191 273 4942).
Humankind Charity – Friendly practical support around Sexuality or Gender (01325 731160).
Children North East – We work with children and young people in their families, schools and communities to ensure they grow up to be healthy and happy (0191 273 3997).
Newcastle Carers – Support anyone under 18 who looks after a parent, sibling or grand-parent who may have a disability, serious illness, a mental health issue or an alcohol, drug or substance problem (0191 275 5060).
Newcastle Early Help – Service to help you and your family. They work together with you and your family and discuss the local resources and contacts available, whether this is housing, financial or just family relationship support. To contact the hub call 0191 277 7800 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm)


Northern Education Trust takes safeguarding very seriously. Our academies ensure that safeguarding is a key priority in all aspects of academy life, and that safeguarding is a key part of our curriculum content. We see safeguarding as being the responsibility of all members of our academy communities.


Please see below a copy of the latest ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) guidance from the Department for Education.


‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ is also available in other languages here: https://national.lgfl.net/digisafe/kcsietranslate
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Walbottle Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.