Emma led, with the Principal, the transformation in teaching within MEA. Her work in Initial teacher training was graded ‘Outstanding’ by Manchester University in its first year and Emma’s Developing Teacher programme is used as a model of good practice by Teach First and the Teacher Development Trust. In recognition of the excellent quality of the Initial Teacher Training programme at MEA, in January 2017, the University of Manchester awarded MEA ‘Outstanding Established Partnership School’. For July 2017, in collaboration with Teach First, Emma is planning the school-centred learning experience for 30+ Participants from the North West region which will be delivered at MEA over ten days as part of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme.
Under Emma’s leadership, staff CPD and professional learning has achieved bronze and most recently silver award status from the Teacher Development Trust. Teaching is graded ‘good’, (Ofsted, 2015) staff absence is low and student attendance is above national average (97%). Manchester Enterprise Academy won Secondary School of the Year in 2015-16 at the MEN Schools Awards with the academy’s success being recognised both locally and nationally, including David Cameron highlighting the academy’s achievement in his Prime Minister’s speech, August 2015.