We will have a strategic approach to school improvement and, therefore, we must be educationally effective in the short term, but have a clear framework and processes to translate core moral purpose and vision into excellent educational provision that is challenging and sustainable in the medium to long term.
MPAT is committed to achieving a level of excellence, which ensures the success of every pupil. Ensuring the success of every pupil requires pupils who are responsive to learning, staff who are committed to the success of all pupils and all parents and carers to be supportive of the educational process.
It is our intention to enable pupils to achieve their full potential and become equipped to lead a successful adult life.
Everyone is valued and shares responsibility for the challening learning that takes place.
Vision and Values
Our approach is based on a fundamental belief that all young people have talent and the potential to achieve more than they ever thought possible.
Achievement in three main areas:
- Academic: Excellent standards and outstanding progress are a prerequisite for success in life equipping young people with the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful, happy and productive citizens.
- Social: Excellent relationships for learning are a prerequisite for all other achievements. Relationships that engender mutual respect between young people, and all other members of our academies’ communities will ensure learning can be fun in a disciplined and caring environment where the highest expectations are the norm.
- Personal: All young people achieve things they can be proud of every day in addition to academic success and outside our school’s planned curriculum. We have a vital role in ensuring individuals develop their own talents and interests and have a responsibility to instil in them a sense of pride in who they are and what they achieve.
All members of the MPAT staff community see themselves as learners. They are empowered to make decisions, be creative and to lead. Mutual respect pervades all relationships working together to enhance professional learning and practice and collaboration; collegiality and a sense of team identifies how all staff work together. Staff are part of a team that ensures the academies throughout MPAT strengthen their positions among the best schools in the country.
Maslow noted that high performing teams have a shared vision and purpose. The process of engaging and involving our staff, and indeed all of our stakeholders, will be significant in improving the quality, capability and commitment of the people associated with our academies.
Leadership is about creating a culture within MPAT where everyone is contributing to its development.
Issues and challenges
Our goal should be to ensure that every young person achieves his or her full potential upon leaving the academies in the Trust.
In order to achieve this goal our planning for improvement should address the challenges that face the academies as they seek to address those issues that we need to improve upon over the next few years; as a rough guide it is useful to think of short-term action planning as a one- to two-year process with strategy as a five-year view and futures thinking as moving beyond that.
Effective phase transition. Ensuring effective data transfer and increasing collaboration between schools.
Excellent Learning. All of our pupils will achieve their potential. We need to give increased attention to individual pupils learning needs, set challenging targets for them linked to high-quality assessment of learning and offer assistance to teaching staff to enable lessons to be appropriately paced, challenging and enjoyable.
Effective teaching by supporting our teaching staff with high quality training, facilities and resources and seeking to develop the role of Leadership at all levels.
Broad and balanced curriculum. We also need to continue to increase the choices available to both those at risk of disengagement, and for more able pupils who need to be stretched. We should aim to widen further opportunities beyond the classroom in order to build motivation and engagement as well as supporting health and fitness.
Improving Behaviour and Attendance. Good behaviour is obviously essential for good learning and citizenship. We will tackle any low level disruption and seek to improve attendance further and strengthen the role of staff involved in pupil welfare work. Central to this offer, will be the development of a more effective pupil voice within the academies in MPAT.
Strengthened Collaboration with other local providers, parents and the wider community. We will seek to engage parents more effectively, develop a MPAT website linked to the academy websites and develop genuine collaboration with other providers at all Key Stages throughout the trust.
Improve teaching by investing in all the workforce. Central to improvements in learning and teaching is excellent professional development for all of our staff. We must place increased emphasis on classroom observation, practice, training, coaching and mentoring. Our performance management systems should become learning and teaching reviews which enable the academies to plan for high quality training events, to promote staff own-learning. This will help staff to focus on effective classroom practice, use assessment and behaviour for learning effectively and further develop a range of teaching styles and strategies in order to promote personalised learning.