Schools who choose to join do so for the following reasons:
- To be part of something bigger
- To strengthen and develop leadership
- To work collectively in order to deliver excellence
- To benefit from talent management and high quality professional development
- As a mechanism to share resources, best practise, expertise
- As a vehicle to support other schools
- To further develop governance
- To meet business management needs to allow the school to concentrate on teaching and learning
- To be able to contribute strategically to a larger organisation
- To deal with underperformance when it arises
Schools in the LAAT benefit from:
LAAT supports school improvement by:
- Talent management and staff development
- Network of NLEs and LLEs
- Monitoring of standards
- Opportunities for shared INSET and training
- Headteacher performance management
- Tactical support board and monitoring of standards
With support for HR, Finance, Health and Safety and legal responsibilities taken care of centrally more school time and energy can be spent on teaching and learning.
Being part of something bigger
For small schools in particular there is often benefit from being part of a bigger group. In part this can be achieved through federation, collaboration, local collaborative trusts, etc. but a Multi Academy Trust provides a sustainable legal structure through which a school can gain by both receiving support and offering support to others. LAAT increases schools sustainability and security as well as providing mechanisms for school improvement.
LAAT provides opportunities to contribute strategically to an organisation which has children at its centre. Our Trust passionately believes that staff are our greatest asset and should be provided with opportunities for development. We are dedicated to ensuring that our schools recruit and retrain staff of the highest quality.
Shared vision and values
A STRONG shared vision supports the raising of standards. LAAT gives opportunities to work to strengthen vision and values within your school by:
- Working with schools who share our vision and values
- Gaining experience, skills and ideas to strengthen vision and values within the school
- Sharing your vision and values outside of your school
A system of talent management within the LAAT enables us to support the development of all staff.
The Trust provides opportunities from initial Teacher training to supporting Headteachers who wish to take on Executive or system leadership roles.
We also provide opportunities for staff to become NLEs, LLEs or SLEs exist within the Trust and employees can benefit from experiencing education in more than one setting.
Furthermore, we offer apprenticeships within the trust to provide skills and knowledge needed to build future careers. We believe hands on training gives young people a real chance to put their skills into practice and helps gain more confidence in a working environment.
Together, this means:
- Improved staff retention
- Improved staff confidence
- Improved staff performance
Central business management support will:
- Provide savings through economies of scale
- Free resources/time/energies within schools to concentrate on teaching and learning
- Allow for better use of resources across the whole of LAAT
Being part of LAAT allows for the sharing of resources:
- Skills and expertise
Working Together within LAAT
In addition to the school improvement programme all schools within the LAAT family are expected to contribute to one or more of the following across LAAT:
- Development and maintenance of school policies
- Sharing of best practice
- Mentoring of teaching staff
- Mentoring of support staff
- Recruitment, training and appraisal of Governors for the Local Governing Bodies
Working Together outside of LAAT
LAAT and Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education actively encourages all of its schools to collaborate, regardless of whether or not they are Academies.
Schools and Academies who are not currently within LAAT can also purchase services from the Trust.
What schools can expect
1. For every school seeking to join LAAT audits are carried out to ensure that LAAT can provide the appropriate support to all of its schools.
Criteria can be found in the document ‘Entry Criteria’
2. In consultation with each school LAAT produces an appropriate school improvement package to fit the needs of that particular school. Each package brings about:
- The raising and sustaining of standards
- Financial growth
- Talent management and staff development
- Monitoring and challenge - a critical friend
- Raised expectations of teachers, pupils and parents
- Accelerated learning to close gaps
- High aspirations within school and community
3. LAAT uses a Tactical Support Group and a Heads Executive Board to identify the needs within our trust. In discussion with Headteachers, Chairs and staff, the right people are deployed to areas of greatest need.
The Tactical Support Group is also supported by a core team made up of LLEs, ex-HMI inspection and Ofsted Inspectors as well as other advisors from the Diocese team.
Further school to school support is provided using outstanding Headteachers, class teachers and governors along with;
- Accredited National College Leaders (i.e. NLEs, LLEs)
- School improvement/governance Advisors
- Appropriate legal firms to resolve trust, land and legal issues