The key to ensuring longevity and capacity within the Trust is strong succession planning and to achieve this we will support and nurture headteachers, aspiring headteachers and middle leaders across the Trust through coaching and by providing regular access to continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities that have impact.
The Trust understands that all headteachers and senior leaders require both challenge and support in enacting their vision for a world-class education in their academies. Our headteachers and senior leaders are the people who drive school improvement within the Trust, ensuring all students achieve their academic potential and progress to a successful career, life and employment path of their choice. They are champions for social equity, working in areas of deprivation to improve student aspiration and enabling social mobility. We would expect all our headteachers and senior leaders to have qualifications at NPQH and Masters level. As part of a wider link to national school and college networks, we will also facilitate visits to pioneer schools throughout the country who are securing outstanding outcomes and transforming the lives of their students. Furthermore, the Trust will support our headteachers and senior leaders on a daily basis with issues regarding site, HR, compliance etc as part of the fundamental work of the Trust, empowering our headteachers to focus on the key areas of curriculum development, teaching and learning, safeguarding and ensuring high pastoral standards.
However, the Trust also believes in leadership at all levels and promotes healthy debate and innovation throughout its academies. All staff will be expected to continuously strive for improvement by furthering their own professional development and becoming fully involved in the wider opportunities offered throughout the Trust. Significant support for teachers in the early stages of their career will focus on securing and developing their teaching practice and wider skill set. Through its links with both local, regional and national partners the Trust has an extensive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme in place for teachers from entry level through to senior leadership training. Support staff are required to undertake statutory training for specific roles, and they are also encouraged to undertake training to enhance their efficiency at work and for their own personal development.