At Scholars we believe that schools with the Trust should retain their uniqueness as an establishment within its own local community thereby preserving the school ethos. However the main aim is to ensure that all pupils receive the best education possible to achieve their potential.
To acheive this aim, schools will retain their own headteacher and leadership team alongside a governing body who will hold school leaders to account. Schools on the whole remain largely autonomous but report to the Trust on school improvements and development. Schools within Scholars are partners who provide reciprocal service in ensuring the high quality education that all children deserve.
Launde is the lead school for the Trust and for the Teaching school alliance i.e. Oadby Learning Partnership (OLP) the Trust therefore have access tot he professional expertise and development opportunities offered by OLP which comprises of over 24 schools. This ever growing alliance also ensures that the Trust partners have access to bespoke CPD at all levels from NQT to headship.
Schools in the Scholars Trust can access the following school-to-school support for whole school improvement:
- Self-evaluation health check including: analysis and evaluation of whole-school approaches to self-evaluation; support for action planning; and identification of impact measures
- Termly data and progress review supported by the senior leadership team of Scholars
- Leaders and aspirant leaders working across the Trust to analyse and identify priorities for school improvement
- Support and training for governors
- Headteacher Performance Management including review and setting of targets, and monitoring achievement
- Leadership development for staff through Scholars Trust and the OLP
- Professional development opportunities for all staff through Scholars Trust and OLP
- Peer to peer collaboration supported through opportunities for teaching staff to take part joint development practice in addition to moderation across schools and sharing best practice
‘Committed to Excellence for all’
Good professional development lies at the heart of school improvement and succession planning within the schools. Professional development opportunities are available for newly qualified teachers, recently qualified teachers, middle leaders, subject leaders, senior leaders and opportunities for developing the role of headship. In addition there is CPD for teaching assistants, midday staff and other support staff within schools. Most of the training takes place through the Oadby Learning Partners (teaching school) and is always led by lead practitioners as well as credible external trainers. Staff across the schools have opportunities to support and work with each other to develop best practice.