At Trinity Academy Leeds, we have a unique and powerful specialism that fuses together all elements of our practice and underpins our mission to close the disadvantage gap within our city.
Our specialism of Voice draws together and strengthens our curriculum, empowering our young people to have the confidence and resilience to grasp opportunity and to live lives well led.
Through our knowledge rich curriculum crafted by subject experts, our unrelenting focus on culture and climate, our ambitious and inclusive co-curricular offer, and our focus on the holistic development of young people, we enable them to make choices, to take their place in the world, to sit at the table, to compete and to be heard.
At Trinity Academy Leeds we believe that academic success is not enough. We believe that our young people need to be equipped with the confidence and self-belief to turn their achievements into reality, to grasp opportunity when it arises and to thrive in their chosen career. Furthermore, our carefully chosen specialism supports all TAL students in using their voice to affect personal and social change, in celebrating their identity and in being able to communicate with clarity and confidence.
Our specialism runs through everything that we do at TAL and every one of our staff team are teachers and champions of Voice, focusing on four key pillars.
Our Voice key pillars
Examples of our Voice Specialism in action:
- Every student invested in personal TAL mission statement giving Voice to their ambitions
- A curriculum that champions the Arts and supports expression/Voice through performance
- Free musical tuition and experiences that support the expression of Voice through art
- A Curriculum that is contextualised to ensure diversity of Voice and experience represented
- All students are trained in Voice, debating and speech (3 dedicated days per year)
- Voice Ambassadors from each Form Group represent the Voice and views of cohort
- Culture 20 routines support effective Voice, communication, and pronunciation
- A literacy strategy that supports the development of Voice through vocabulary acquisition
- Daily DEAR models intonation, nuance, pronunciation, and prosody in Voice
- Weekly Inspire assemblies giving a Voice to role models who embody our core values
- A co-curriculum that specifically develops oracy skills and Voice
- TAL Talk speech programme amplifying the Voice of our young people
- Termly SHINE showcases celebrating identity, self, and Voice at Parent Evenings
- Careers and future pathways/opportunities to develop Voice in industry and workplace
- A Character Curriculum, ‘The Build’ which promotes Voice , Core and British Vales
- Every student Voice is supported through weekly Challenge Mentoring and Personal Development
- Weekly Student Voice with Senior Leadership Group is discussed and used for academy improvement
- Daily reflection and opportunity to Voice views on culture and politics
- Big Questions embedded into schemes of learning encouraging the development of Voice Co-curricular