It is vital that we know and understand our schools really well. Having in depth knowledge of where the best practice and best practitioners exist is fundamental to our improvement model: supporting collaboration and providing opportunities for our best colleagues to develop those in need of improvement. Our school improvement strategy provides rigorous challenge and targeted support to enable each school in our trust to achieve high standards for all of its pupils.

Our school improvement team knows each school really well through undertaking activities such as: line management of heads; fortnightly school improvement visits; three raising achievement visit days; a SEND review and a data day.

A key aspect of our school improvement model is providing development opportunities for colleagues at all levels. Support for career stage development, from initial teacher education through to national professional qualifications, sits alongside a wide range of other professional and leadership development opportunities for all staff.

1In addition, all colleagues are part of cross trust networks that ensure support and development in a range of relevant areas; providing the opportunity to work with a wider group of colleagues towards common goals. There are also opportunities for developing colleagues’ careers in another school through secondments, fixed term project work, regular visits and permanent moves.

Another key feature of our trust is that our heads and principals are all senior trust leaders. They meet regularly with trust leaders to determine operational policy and trust strategy and are fully involved in decision making.