The Link Academy School Improvement Model – the 7 Strand Transformation Model:
Our Trust understands that there are five requirements in order to continue to be successful:
- A vision and set of values which hold us all to account;
- A model for school improvement which is both systematic and consistent across our Trust: creating a collaborative culture;
- A curriculum which is fit for purpose both academically and financially;
- A recognition that we all work within accountability frameworks e.g. Academies Financial Handbook, National Schools Commissioner/ Regional Schools Commissioners, Ofsted, Department for Education, Education Skills Funding Agency etc. and that we must we adhere to the highest standards of public offi ce; and
- A Scheme of Delegation which enables responsibility to sit with those who are accountable.
The 7 strand transformation model: All of the strands of transformation are delivered concurrently: each relies upon the others to facilitate school improvement at pace.
These strands are:
- Leadership with vision and efficacy
- Quality in the classroom
- Curriculum design
- Monitoring and intervention
- Systems and policies
- Targeted professional development
- Praise culture for staff and students
The Trust Improvement Plan identifies the strategic developments that the Link Academy Trust will make during the academic year 2017 – 2018. It guides our work and allows stakeholders to monitor progress towards reaching our objectives. This plan has been presented to the Board of Directors and influences elements of each school’s Improvement Plan.
This plan has been written following consideration of:
- Current OFSTED framework for inspections for Schools and outcomes from internal and external monitoring alongside the analysis of Key data
- The Link Academy Trust Business Plan
- Local & national developments that we know will have an impact on our schools during this academic year.
The plan reflects the Trusts vision, ethos and values and has been created by the Executive Principal, in consultation with the Heads of School; it represents the core of our drive to raise standards and should be viewed in context of the overall strategy for improvement.
The Trust Improvement plan informs individual school plans, which will have additional elements and actions to address local need. Academies will self-assess the areas they need to prioritise to produce their improvement plan with due regard to the basic principles of an effective school.
To achieve continuous school improvement, the Trust has a commitment to training and professional development which supports staff at all levels. The Trust will provide support for Newly Qualified and Early Career teachers, training for Teaching Assistants, professional development for Subject Leaders, an Outstanding Teachers Programme and Head of School training. In addition, there are plans to implement a Leadership coaching programme to develop personal leadership skills and assist in building effective leadership teams. All Link Academy Trust schools have a commitment to participate in a school to school led improvement model and work collaboratively with schools within and beyond the MAT to share best practice and accomplish improvement through partnership working. The above Improvement Strategy will operate within the boundaries of sound financial management and have an intrinsic link with the Trust Business Plan.