Joining our Trust
Our Trust is willing to consider other schools joining the Trust, as long as it was felt that it would be to the benefit of the Trust and the interested school. This would be after due diligence was carried out, considering a number of factors such as finance, performance, Governance and assets, including buildings. If your ethos matches ours, and you are inspired to join us in delivering the best education experience possible and providing only the highest standards of teaching, then we would be delighted to hear from you. Below are some popular questions we get from schools who are considering joining our trust:
What are the benefits of joining The Aspire Educational Trust group of academies?
- We believe that the most important benefit to our academies is that the Trust is able to provide support at all levels including leadership, CPD, teaching and learning and governance.
- We are committed to providing improvement in opportunity and in attainment for all students.
- Networking between schools and practitioners at all levels is a proven way of maximising improvement and outcomes for children and young people. Groups of schools will be enabled to support each other. There will be outstanding schools, teaching schools, and schools that want to share expertise to improve.
- Within the Trust we have English and Maths Consultants, as well as expertise in the effective use of the pupil premium, EYFS specialists and all the CPD and research related to the ‘Aspirer Teaching Alliance.’ These people are there to support each and every school.
- The Members and Trustees of our Board have wide and varied experience and contacts in different public and private organisations. We will encourage them to provide opportunities for the group of schools in the arts, sport and in employment, for example.
- The services we will offer to the group of schools will be of the highest quality and will provide excellent value for money.
How we work
- Operationally, it is the Operational Working Group of professionals that lead on the raising of educational and attainment standards with key colleagues in member academies and SLE’s. It takes into account local context but endeavours to deliver a consistent responsible strategy in all schools and academies. This approach challenges and supports the local senior leadership team in each school and academy and sets the methodology for improving student attainment. It is characterised by the following actions:
- The Executive Principal / CEO co-ordinates the work of the Operational Working Group across all member schools, sets strategies for school improvement, establishes attainment targets and holds the principals to account for the actions of the local senior leadership teams.
- The Executive Principal / CEO quality assures the performance of each academy’s senior leadership team and assesses and monitors the effectiveness of the OWG.
- The Principals of the member schools and academies meet regularly with the Executive Principal / CEO to ensure consistent delivery of senior leadership team principles and practices and to review the strategy for school improvement both locally and across the group.
- The OWG supports and informs the production of the academy Improvement Plans and Self Evaluation Forms. The Business Plan reflects the priorities of the group members and is reviewed and adjusted annually against improvement priorities set by the Board of Trustees.
- The Executive Principal / CEO reports to the Local Academy Committees (LAC) at appropriate times throughout the school and academy year. These reports will complement and enhance the School Improvement Partner reports and provide information on the progress of the local institution and the outcomes set by the OWG.
- The Executive Principal / CEO is held to account by the Board of Trustees.
- In order to quality assure and support academy LACs, the Trust operates a Trustees Board which is made up of the Principals and two LAC members of each academy. It meets every term to discuss progress and support issues. The Board also reviews the performance of each academy against key performance indicators as identified in each academy education brief and annual action plan.
How can membership of this Trust make a difference to my school?
- Membership gives you access to a practitioner network and unique range of services and support that can be tailored to your needs both through the Trust and the Aspirer Teaching School. Whatever setting or scenario you find yourself in the Trust can provide a bespoke package that entirely suits your situation and priorities. It provides a network of colleagues who want to work together and share good practice. It provides a wide range of professional development and promotion opportunities, within the Trust.
- The Trust is structured to give its academy leaders a voice at the highest strategic level.
Will my school will be 'taken over' by the Trust?
No. Each member school has its own Funding Agreement and budget. It keeps its governing body and renamed as an Local Academy Committee.
Would we lose our Governing Body?
No. As an academy and fund holder, each school keeps its own Governing Body as a Local Academy Committee, although conversion is often used as an opportunity to reduce the numbers of members.
Do we keep our name?
Yes, or you can change it as you see fit; this is the choice of the school.
How does joining the Trust help raise standards?
- The Principals have real say in the shape of the organisation and links with similar, like minded, heads.
- Access to high quality consultants
- Access to the Aspirer Teaching Alliance – all training and CPD is free.
- A ‘no blame’ team approach. We get together – discuss our issues and then work TOGETHER to overcome them.
- Staff are able to move around the Trust and gain experiences i.e. a different year group, an SLT position, etc.
Why should we leave the relative safety of the Local Authority and risk joining the Trust?
- You don’t have to unless you are below the floor targets and/or in an Ofsted category. There is no risk attached to joining a chain, before a school can join it would have been a part of a due diligence exercise that assured its staff and governors that all benefits were understood, every aspect and outcome of joining had been discussed, analysed and agreed before any move was made. This is about joining something that is known, not about plunging uncertainly into the unknown.
- More and more schools are converting to academies and as they do the LA is becoming less and less effective.
- TEAM WORK is the key…..
- Together we can achieve more than on our own.