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:
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.
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.
A STRONG shared vision supports the raising of standards. LAAT gives opportunities to work to strengthen vision and values within your school by:
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:
Central business management support will:
Being part of LAAT allows for the sharing of resources:
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:
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.
“We work collaboratively to ensure an improvement in outcomes for children. This is achieved through monitoring and reviews, MAT discussions, sharing of good practice through open and honest discussions, where support is always available”