All of our primary schools are unique in their own way, but what all our primary schools have in common is the drive to work together to provide the best education possible for our pupils.
The belief is that by coming together with a shared vision of supporting each other and sharing good practice, we can offer our staff and pupils more opportunities to develop and learn.
The majority of our schools are small and rural, so they have been in positions of isolation for quite some years with limited CPD opportunities and difficulties in sharing ideas. With the firm belief of our staff to want the best for our children, they recognise the value of joined up thinking and shared approaches which is what the Trust has been able to offer them.
Having this mindset has allowed the schools to find common threads and move forward on developing these approaches that by themselves would not have been possible. Such collaborative approaches have included launching longitudinal CPD programmes such as Talk for Writing. This English strategy has been adopted across the schools. This is a large commitment from the Trust and the schools have seen a significant impact on the teaching and learning of the pupils while supporting staff with developing their subject knowledge and their understanding of reading and writing progression.
By working collaboratively, the schools have also begun to develop Maths Mastery. This approach is being predominantly delivered through the DfE approved Power Maths scheme. The Trust filly engages with Angles Maths Hub and all schools within the Trust participate in the NCETM developed Mastery programmes.
The Trust has appointed two Primary Directors: one focussed on standards and one on development. The Directors work closely with staff in the schools to drive forward school improvement. Staff have also been appointed to work across the Trust to support in different areas, such as EYFS, safeguarding, attendance and SEND. Alongside these roles are network meetings where training and updates are provided. The networks established include: Headteachers, subject leaders, SENDCOs, EYFS leads, Teaching Assistants and Forest School staff. These networks provide opportunities for staff to come together to share ideas and feel part of a wider community of educationalists.
The vision for the primary schools within the trust is to bring like-minded schools together to work in partnership to deliver the highest standards of education to young people in Norfolk and Suffolk.