Equals Trust News
Following the consultation for the school to become an academy we are delighted to tell you that the conversion of the school to an Academy and a founding school in the Equals Trust took place on the 1st September 2016. Working in partnership with the other schools in our Trust will have a number of benefits for both staff and pupils:
- Extending the learning opportunities and activities for pupils;
- enriching the curriculum through partnership working and shared resources;
- enabling the greater sharing of excellent teaching and learning;
- enhancing the professional development of teaching and support staff;
- building mutual support and accountability for Head Teachers and Governors; and
- securing cost and resource efficiencies through joint commissioning.
Over time this will lead to better outcomes and opportunities for children enabled by a stronger teaching and support staff team.
Some immediate benefits we have been working on over the summer include:
- The employment of a part time speech and language therapist for our schools;
- a successful application to be part of a regional Maths Hub which will enhance teaching in all the Trust’s schools by enabling teachers to work with maths specialist;
- a writing project in conjunction with the Nottingham University;
- the establishment of sporting tournaments across the trust to enable more children to take part in competitions;
- a joint staff training day in October at the National College of School Leadership;
- joint procurement for services has already brought financial benefits to the schools;
- the employment of a Finance Manager for the Trust;
The Trust Board has appointed the CEO of the Trust: Mr Philip Palmer, who is the executive head of Burton Joyce Primary School and Cropwell Bishop Primary School.
I will provide further information about the Trust, the Trust Board, the Local Governing Body and other aspects of our organisation as the year progresses. More information will also be available on this website.