The Elements Diocesan Learning Trust is fully committed to ensuring every child within the Trust receives a high-quality education, enabling each child to develop and flourish.
Elements Diocesan Learning Trust operates a system of Peer, Trust School Effectiveness Adviser (SEA) and wider external quality assurance to review the provision and quality of teaching in each school within the Trust.
Elements Diocesan Learning Trust supports, trains and develops school leaders on the chosen model of Peer Review. All school leaders will be involved in reviewing and writing termly formal reports to be shared with the school and Trust board on the agreed school priorities.
Additionally, the headteacher, SEA and an external adviser will review the provision within the school at least once a year (more regularly for schools in need of greater support as identified through regular school effectiveness visits and statutory outcomes for pupils).
Through Trust and Peer whole school review and evaluation of appropriate in school and statutory assessment, school leaders and Trust School Effectiveness Advisers (SEAs) will identify key school priorities. The Trust will develop an Elements Diocesan Learning Trust Strategic Improvement Plan, based on Trust wide priorities and national initiatives, which will in turn inform Trust Continued Professional Development (CPD).
The Trust will use the following strategies to support the improvement of each individual school:
- Provide appropriate continued professional development training on individual school priorities where they meet with similar priorities across the Trust.
- All School Leaders will have access to the successful ‘Sustainable Church School Leadership’ training
- All Middle / Subject Leaders will have access to ‘Diocesan Middle Leader Development Training’
- Use the expertise from within the Trust School Effectiveness Team and associated Diocesan Education Team to deliver training and support
- Access training and support from the affiliated regional Maths Hub and English Hub
- Access support from other Local successful MATS including DOWMAT, The Rivers Teaching Alliance, Black Pear Trust and Local Authority colleagues
- Develop small working parties of school leaders to research Trust priorities /national developments (School Collaborative groups section 4)
- Each school will continue to have a specific school improvement budget set for school development. SEAs will work with school leaders to source and access relevant, high-quality training where it is not currently available
- Utilise current strong provision from colleagues within the Trust and wider local schools
Additionally, the Trust intends to work alongside providers to develop a programme of school leader development to include; NLE, SLEs and candidates for the range of National Professional Qualifications in teaching. School leaders and Trust School Effectiveness Advisers will identify individuals with specific strengths to be developed within the programme, and in turn work across the MAT to support the move to self-sustaining school improvement.
Each school will have at least one school effectiveness visit per half (dependent on the need of the individual school) term by a Trust SEA.
The purpose of these visits will be to:
- Provide additional training and support where necessary
- Work with school leaders to ascertain the impact of actions against the school improvement priorities
- Review the School Development Plan and KPIs, share next steps
- Review progress and attainment of key groups of pupils across the school (Termly) against agreed school targets
- Review school attendance and behaviour logs
- Review the school priorities to ensure they are still appropriate
- As with the Diocesan model of school development, SEAs will offer support and challenge but specifically in this order
Where there are concerns about the on-going performance of a school within the Trust, the CEO may decide to introduce Rapid Improvement Board Meetings (R.I.B). The meetings will be held half termly and will focus closely on training needs and development towards school improvement priorities. The board will be made up of the CEO, SEA, School Leaders, Local School Board Chair and appropriate Trustee/s.