School improvement and partnerships
Academy Improvement Strategy
The following provides a summary of the school improvement and education priorities, which have been identified by the Trust:
- School-by-school rapid turn-around targeted intervention as required through early identification of need (e.g. data analysis, education reviews).
- Support and challenge for leadership through performance management and governance through the analysis of need and effectiveness.
- Trust-wide support and intervention as identified through themes and trends to provide impact through a community of best-practice and reflective practitioners.
- Continuing professional development for NQTs, classroom teachers, future leaders and academy leaders.
- Commitment to the Integrated Curriculum and Financial Planning tool (ICFP) so that the academies benefit from benchmarking of best practice and high quality curriculum planning that is accurately costed.
Our support and accountability framework identifies the needs of our academies intervention needs, in addition to the medium and longer term continuing professional development needs of teachers and leaders:
- Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of school improvement strategies, refining and/or revising as appropriate through brokering additional support and intervention as identified by academies, local governors and the Trust
- School leaders, SENCOs and those with responsibilities for safeguarding, pastoral care and pupils' well-being, ensuring that pupils value their education and equipped to be thoughtful and caring.
- Raising standards, curriculum breadth and balance, school improvement, quality assurance and data analysis (outcomes for pupils) with excellent teaching, learning and assessment
The Trust supports, draws upon and contributes towards local Teaching School Alliances for ITT, CPD, teaching and leadership programmes. This local school-to-school partnership that learns from good practice, will be developed, shared and strengthened as relationships grow beyond critical friendships to shared accountability. The Trust has supported a number of schools with their improvement journeys and this is captured in a series of case studies that are available from the Director of Education.
The Trust also works alongside the two Luton Teaching Schools: Luton First and the Chiltern Teaching School. The CEO in the continuing National Leader of Education role supports a number of local schools and also deploys specialist leaders of education.