Vision & Values

The Trust's Strategic plan

Our founding ethos established four key principles:

  • Driving up the quality of education provision and standards, to ensure excellent outcomes for all pupils.
  • Sharing resources, expertise and provision across the family of CHAT schools, ensuring value-for-money academies.
  • Being a self-sustaining and self-improving group of schools, with emphasis on relying on school leaders, teachers, support staff and parents to ensure a good quality of provision for all.
  • Sharing our expertise with as many young people and communities as is possible.

 Moving forward with four key objectives

We have built on the original, founding CHAT vision and ethos, developing a new strategy that will give us a clear focus on what we need to do over the next three years. Our academy development and central services plans are aligned to four key objectives:

  1. Delivering the best possible education for all of the children at our academies through a consistently high-quality and cost-effective approach.
  2. Accelerating student attainment and progress for all with outcomes exceeding national averages.
  3. Building Trust-wide infrastructure and leadership capacity to support at least 3000 students.
  4. Making a significant contribution to our communities as a key local employer-of-choice and a provider of community facilities.

Objective 1: Delivering the best possible education for all of the children at our academies through a consistently high-quality and cost-effective approach.

How we will do this:

  • Devising and delivering Academy Development Plans (ADP)
  • Regular monitoring, assessment and intervention, in a fast changing environment
  • Working smartly within clearly defined budgets
  • Rigorously reviewing curriculum materials and schemes of work and the ‘CHAT model’
  • Identifying and acting quickly on gaps in pupil attainment
  • Working where ever possible with smaller class group sizes to enhance progress across all ability ranges
  • Providing high-quality and ongoing teacher training with measurable outcomes
  • Bench marking best practice across the Trust
  • Quality assurance and external validation of our processes
  • Improving the effectiveness of communication with our parents and carers and developing a genuine partnership between home and school to raise ambition and expectations
  • Developing the CHAT brand, communicating its values and vision, so that our parents and carers, pupils, staff all share in the commitment and understanding of our direction and purpose
  • Good governance arrangements

Objective 2: Accelerating student attainment and progress for all with outcomes exceeding national averages.

How we will do this:

  • Using Academy Development Plans to constantly review progress against key milestones to assure we achieve our attainment targets
  • Reviewing Academy Development Plans using the RAG rating to capture the performance levels of each academy
  • Identifying gaps in attainment through analysis and monitoring in order to provide appropriate interventions to achieve the required progress
  • Monthly reviews of headteachers performance and their senior leadership teams to ensure our schools are on track
  • Termly headteacher meetings with the Education Performance Committee who scrutinise attainment and progress on behalf of the Board of Trustees

Objective 3: Building Trust-wide infrastructure and leadership capacity to support at least 3,000 students.

How we will do this:

  • Devising and implementing Academy Development Plans that address both these issues
  • Monitoring best practice and regularly auditing every element of our infrastructure provision
  • Budgeting for and improving our infrastructure in line with audit report recommendations
  • Utilising the expertise, knowledge and skills of the Board of Trustees
  • Creating procedure manuals, documenting all our processes, and updating our policies
  • Providing regular high-quality training to our leadership teams, aspiring leaders, including bespoke MA courses at the University of Warwick, developing our NQTs, and providing opportunities for continuing personal development
  • Setting all staff annual objectives, which are regularly reviewed by line managers
  • Promoting diversity within the Trust

Objective 4: Making a significant contribution to our communities as a key local employer-of-choice and a provider of community facilities.

How we will do this:

  • By being one of the largest local employers
  • Supporting staff through training and development and providing career opportunities
  • Paying above the London Living Wage and providing a range of attractive benefits
  • Where ever possible, and where cost effective, using local suppliers
  • Working in partnership with the local authority, other borough based agencies and a variety of local charities to help support the disadvantaged
  • Contributing, where appropriate, to regeneration and other community related schemes
  • Making our sporting and class room facilities and other areas of the schools’ estates available for use by local communities
  • Engaging with parents, carers and the broader family group through our Family Links programme
  • Building long term and effective relationships with corporate partners, local businesses and other schools