New schools- our approach
Are you interested in joining the Soke Education Trust?
Maintaining school identity and approach
At the Soke Education Trust we are keen to build our partnership. We recognise that each school has its strengths and has much to celebrate and share. It is important to us that each of our schools retain their own identity, individuality and creativity but work in partnership to deliver a consistent approach.
Strength through collaboration and partnership
Our school improvement strategy is based on:
- Providing high quality professional development for all staff to enhance their skills and knowledge
- Developing distributed leadership structures
- Setting ambitious targets for all children
- Developing Quality First Teaching
- Ensuring provision is equitable
- Having high expectations for behaviour and attitudes and simple, clear systems to support this
Working with us means you will have access to a dedicated school improvement advisor who will support your leadership capacity, your improvement objectives and the development of our shared curriculum intent.
Our headteacher network meets twice every half-term to offer leadership training, wellbeing support and to share information. We also offer termly networks for our English and Maths leaders and have plans to extend these networks to other curriculum areas.
If you are interested in reading more about our school improvement strategy please review the attachment at the bottom of the page.
Our Trust schools have a common approach to assessment. We are all members of PiXL and use Insight Tracking, a simple but customisable and effective system for inputting and analysing school performance data. Our assessment strategy ensures that data is collected purposefully and provides ongoing training for teachers, so they can accurately and confidently assess learning, quickly identify gaps and provide learning opportunities to overcome them. We run termly moderation sessions to support and develop our staff and ensure we are accurate in our assessments
We embed a culture of safeguarding and wellbeing throughout our Trust. Across our schools we use MyConcern to systematically track, record and communicate information with other agencies.
Financial and Operational Management
At the Soke Education Trust each school receives its own funding and gives an agreed percentage or 'top slice' to the Trust to support the provision of the agreed services. The Trust provide specialist support with budget management, procurement and income generation, allowing schools to focus on teaching and learning.
Our central services support Finance, Health & Safety, GDPR, Compliance, Human Resources, Governance Support and Estate Management. Governance Professional and provide clerks for all schools.
If you are interested joining us, or working in partnership, and would like to know more about our Trust please contact Cathy Carlisle at firstname.lastname@example.org