Being part of something bigger has so many meanings for us:
- Being part of a strong, supportive family
- Being part of an effective organisation which can deliver improvements and efficiencies
- Being part of the Church of England
- Being part of God’s family
- Being part of an interconnected, interdependent world
LAAT is steadfast in its belief that all pupils and members of staff should be supported and challenged to achieve their full potential within their own school and the wider community. This belief is echoed by Diane Mulley, Headteacher at SPCEDS, who says that one of the most enjoyable aspects of being part of the Trust is being part of a larger family of schools which means that she may, even indirectly, have an impact on even more lives than the 500+ pupils in her own school. She also recognises the benefits in being part of a supportive and collaborative group of professionals who help each other to be the very best they can be.
Our recent conference on Diversity and Inclusion in the primary curriculum offered school leaders access to acclaimed professionals in this field and expert-led workshops. This important event reflected LAAT’s primary goals – to create a fully inclusive education system in which all students have the opportunity to thrive and to expand their understanding of Diversity and Inclusion principles so they can be put them into practice in our schools and our communities.
As we look to the future, the only way to become the MAT we want to be– valuing every single person in our community on a local, national and global level – is to step out and be that Trust. I believe the only way we can achieve this is by working together. According to an African proverb: “If you want to go quickly, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” Being part of a caring and inclusive Trust like LAAT reflects these wise words, providing the benefits of a collaborative structure through which schools can gain by both receiving support and offering support to others.