I was fortunate recently to be invited to a reception held by the Secretary of State in London to celebrate the work of academies and in particular multi academy trusts (MATs). It was helpful to be reminded that the work of Archway Learning Trust is valued beyond our locality but it was a reminder once again about the huge advantage that working together can bring to help drive school improvement.
Over the last five years I have had the privilege of watching as one successful school has grown to become five and soon will become seven. As this growth has taken place it has given staff opportunities to develop areas of specialism that I could have only dreamt about when we first started. To have a Safeguarding lead who can advise across the Trust and train and keep as a core Trust focus the safety and wellbeing of our students is a real privilege and can only be afforded due to the collaboration of many schools. I could say the same thing for Special Needs, EAL, Attendance as well as the many subject specialists who work together building on one another’s expertise. There is also the added benefit that as we work together we stop or at least slow down the invention of the wheel on every site, every year. This reduction in workload is something to be celebrated and built upon.
Working as a MAT, I believe, genuinely benefits the young people who attend our schools. I hope that our Trust Student Celebration showed our students how belonging to a bigger family really benefits them but I also continue to work to ensure that every decision we take is centerd around our young people so that the advantages of being a Trust make the students experience we offer the best it can possibly be.