The government’s first Schools White Paper in six years, published in March 2022, would like to see every school to be in, or joining, a strong multi-academy trust by 2030.
The Confederation of School Trusts (CST) points out that instead of asking “Should my school become an academy” the question you should be asking is “How can my school best collaborate with others in a strong and resilient structure to ensure that each child is a powerful learner and that adults have the opportunities to learn and develop as teachers and leaders?”
The CST have published some useful and impartial advice for schools considering joining a trust which you can view on their website here. They have also produced a useful Powerpoint presentation, see below.
Why join Enable Trust?
At Enable Trust we believe in enabling children and young people to be the best that they can be, to have the best opportunities and gain the best possible outcomes.
We are a specialist school Trust – 2-19 years - here to advance education and meet the holistic, multiple and co-existing complex needs of all our children, and to raise their voice and the voice of their families in the system and we are passionate about this.
Enable Trust focuses on a culture of collaboration at all levels and the schools within our trust share the following values and aims:
- to work together, sharing best practice, to protect, improve and sustain the educational provision for children and young people with complex, severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties
- to collaborate to ensure we maximise all potential for sustainable school improvement
- to work together to shape the future - influencing provisions and services that our pupils needs.
Please also look at our Vision Statement which includes our 5 strategic intents.
We understand a key consideration for schools looking to join a trust will be the ability to maintain a high level of autonomy. We want all of our schools to feel the benefits of autonomy through delegated responsibility and an infrastructure which will sustain future growth and development for all.
Our scheme of delegation provides clear lines of accountability. Through the school’s own Local Governing bodies and our Board of Trustees, support, oversight and challenge is provided in the key areas including school improvement, safeguarding, health and safety and budget and financial management.
Schools in Enable Trust benefit from the centralisation of business operations including: finance; HR including recruitment; risk management; procurement; premises management; health and safety; ICT and EHCP Administration. As well as giving teachers and leaders time to focus on teaching and learning, this leads to efficiency and effectiveness in these areas and standardisation where it is required, for example producing trust wide policies and procedures, which can be amended to reflect school specific circumstances as appropriate.
Our Headteachers also benefit from the support provided by the Trust Executive Team. Through regular “Trust Senior Leadership Team” meetings, issues are addressed and support and guidance provided as needed. This was particularly beneficial during the Covid pandemic as through these meetings decisions could be made following discussion and where appropriate tasks undertaken by the Hub/Central team.
We are part of local, regional and national networks which provide the support and platform for the special school voice to be heard. One of our Trustees is a representative on the South Gloucestershire Schools Forum but we also work closely with South Gloucestershire LA, Health and have connections with local charities and community support groups and networks.
We would very much welcome the opportunity to talk to you about the benefits of joining Enable Trust and what you would bring to the Trust. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and if you haven't already, please view our short film, available on the Homepage which showcases what we do.