There are many benefits of school becoming an academy and joining a Multi Academy Trust (see below). LAAT is a thriving and growing Multi Academy Trust, we are a team of professionals who are dedicated to ensuring every child flourishes at school. We never lose sight of our end game, delivering the best education possible for each child.
Yes, we deliver lots of back office support and advice, and we facilitate an enormous amount of staff training and development but we do it so that the teaching and learning at each school is the best that it can be.
We have a team of School Effectiveness Advisers (SEAs) who work with Head Teachers to drive improvement and progress. We visit schools regularly to monitor progress and offer support where required. We run LAAT Headteacher Development days where we share good practice, discuss staff development, pupil attainment, engage in specialist workshops or presentations and where Head Teachers from different schools can share experiences and ideas.
A thriving and growing Multi Academy Trust, the LAAT can offer the strong infrastructure for school improvement which is essential to delivering excellent outcomes for pupils. At the core of this infrastructure is a hub model which enables schools to work closely together to address key priorities innovatively using the expertise that exists within and beyond the hub.
Some experts believe that converting to academy status can drive up a school’s performance levels. There are a few reasons for this, including the higher salaries academies can choose to pay teaching staff, which means they’re more likely to attract the best candidates.
Academies have more flexibility on what to teach – teachers are free to deviate from the national curriculum and can adjust lessons to the particular needs or interests of a class.
Academies are encouraged to collaborate with each other in a chain or partnership. This could help them share the best way of doing things and ultimately drive up standards together.
Figures suggest that the budget available for academy schools can be up to 10% higher than state schools. The reason for this is that academies have access to money the local authority holds back for things like special needs support for schools throughout the school borough.