Why join a Trust?

On 28th March 2022, the Department for Education published Opportunity for all: Strong schools with great teachers for your child.

The White Paper provides, for the first time in a DfE publication, a definition of 'Strong Trust', which will be used in a future regulatory approach and act as the basis for transparent assessment for potential for growth. The defining features used by the Department as high quality and inclusive education; school improvement; strategic governance; financial management; and workforce.

Where a Trust runs a group of schools, it has the power to create a collaborative framework:

  • Teachers work and learn together to improve the way they teach;

  • Schools share practices that make a difference to the quality of teaching;

  • Teachers and leaders can work together on the things that matter – like curriculum and assessment;

  • Schools can improve – only one in 10 schools that were required to join a trust were judged good or outstanding before they converted, compared with almost seven in 10 after they joined a trust (of those that had been inspected);

  • It is more possible for teachers and leaders to move to another school to help improve the quality of education where that school is struggling – and these moves are more likely to be to schools with more disadvantaged pupils;

  • It is more possible to be efficient – and thereby to invest money in supporting pupils to have wider opportunities.

The Coombe Academy Trust is well placed to support any phase of education from Nursery through to Sixth Form, including settings providing SEND support. Click on our About Coombe Academy Trust button to find out more about our strengths and suitability to support your school.

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