Our wider role and impact
Our Foundation's vision is clear - we act locally and seek to influence nationally. Our activity is focused on Feltham, a community on the edge of London in the borough of Hounslow, but we have had a significantly wider impact on policy and practice:
Cited in the press and in research
The school has received substantial coverage in a range media and research. We featured in the RSA's reports on School's Without Walls, and the Ideal School Exhibition, as well as a recent report from the Centre for Social Justice entitled Providing the Alternative.
We have featured regularly in the press, including recent TES TES articles on All-Through School, community engagement and school to school support.
Campaign around social justice based on Feltham film
In 2018, Feltham featured in a raft of press coverage focused around the release of a film, H is for Harry], filmed at Reach Academy Feltham. The film's stars - Harry, his father Grant and teacher Sophie appeared in BBC Breakfast, Radio 5Live and in several newspapers, while the film's premiere was at the London Open City Documentary Festival, with a recent screening at the House of Commons.
The film explores issues of opportunity and social justice and was described by The Sunday Times' Sian Griffiths as "casting a spotlight on one of the biggest educational scandals in Britain".
A place to visit
The Foundation has welcomed hundreds of practitioners and policy makers over the past seven years. These have included teachers and school leaders from across the UK and beyond, and increasingly visitors from the third sector interested in the approach of the Reach Children's Hub,
In 2018 the Hub hosted the Community Network UK Conference, an event for organising seeking to catalyse Cradle to Career change. The Hub seeks to welcome leaders and practitioners engaged in this urgent and important.
Sharing Best Practice
The Foundation takes seriously its responsibility to share best practice widely. The Reach Academy Trust was awarded a grant from the DfE to share our curriculum in History and Geography with twelve schools, and we are also working in close partnership with the Ted Wragg Trust in the South West.
Our leaders influencing policy
The Foundation's leaders play an increasingly high profile role in the national discussion. Rebecca Cramer was short-listed for the One Million Dollar Teacher of the Year award in 2018 and Chairs the Heads Forward Network for Teach First.
Ed Vainker has sat of DfE panels on Teacher Training and Early Years, as well as the Royal Foundation's Steering Group on Early Life. He is a regular speaker at conferences and chair's the School Advisory Group for the Ambition Institute.