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School Development

Aletheia Academies Trust is proud of every academy within it, and we work in partnership with all academies to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Our Trust Aim

To establish a culture of challenge, support and collaboration resulting in a highly effective system of school-led improvement.

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School Improvement Strategy

The Aletheia Academies Trust strives to ensure the continuous improvement of its schools and their outcomes. The Trust is committed to inclusive practice and the development of collaborative and active learning. Working in accordance with the vision and values of Aletheia, each school retains its distinctive ethos and responds to the community it serves. In the case of a Church of England school, the ethos is a Christian one.

The schools, both Church of England and Community, work together to improve. This includes a programme of Best Practice Team meetings over the course of the academic year, encompassing curriculum subjects, leadership, wellbeing and SEND; improving practice, and developing consistency across the trust.

Each school follows the Trust’s strategic approach to improvement, using self-evaluation processes and 180-day development plans, reflecting the Trust’s aims, policies, and priorities. These are informed by a rigorous monitoring cycle to assure the quality of teaching and learning.

The Trust supports schools in their improvement by providing:

  • development of shared resources related to a pedagogical model, intended to disseminate good practice and a detailed committed approach to active learning and engagement of pupils, with a collaborative learning lead who directs Champions in each school;
  • a consistent framework for assessment in Maths and English and its use to inform planning to raise achievement, with a clear focus on managing staff workload and well-being;
  • a directory of Lead Practitioners, and supporting school leaders to embed highly inclusive practices meeting the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010
  • support and challenges around safeguarding; making sure training for all staff and governors are completed and systems are in place that ensure all stakeholders are safe.
  • a programme of Continuing Professional Development to improve teaching and learning, informed by research, and including Trust INSET days, which draws all schools together to deliver key messages and high-quality CPD;
  • processes to prepare staff for career development at all levels, including training for future leaders and access for them to experience beyond the schools in which they are based, this is included in CPD opportunities and opportunities to access NPQs from quality providers ;
  • an annual programme of Trust reviews to assist strategic planning to ensure schools continue to achieve excellent outcomes.
  • a marketing team to ensure all school websites are compliant, informative, and celebratory; providing users with a thorough understanding of the school, as well as promoting the learning and success of the school improvement strategy

The School Improvement Team supports schools by:

  • visits (focused on moving forward the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership, and management), the frequency of which will depend on the performance and circumstances of the school;
  • support all schools in embedding their vision and ensuring that the vision and provision are effective in the pupil's ability to flourish
  • providing an evaluation of the curriculum and its impact;
  • accelerating the development of senior and middle leaders through support and challenge.

Pupil and Staff Voice representatives from each school are supported by the Trust to give stakeholders opportunities to share their views and drive school improvement.  

The Local Governing Body (LGB) is an integral part of the leadership in our Trust schools. These boards carry out strategic responsibilities in accordance with the Trust Scheme of Delegation. The CEO meets Chairs of LGBs regularly to share the strategic direction of the Trust. Trust Improvement Officers attend LGB meetings and there is a wide range of training opportunities provided by the Trust. 

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