Collaboration is at the heart of all that we do. Our schools collaborate strongly which has improved teacher expertise and pupil outcomes. Over the last three years, specific groups of staff have worked together to develop their own expertise and confidence and therefore improved the quality of our provision for all pupils.
This starts at the beginning of every academic year with our annual staff Inset Day where all staff from our family of Trust schools come together to hear from our Chair of Trustees, our CEO and other key staff or external speakers. This year we focused on embedding our Trust vision, living our values and key to this was wellbeing. Staff had the opportunity to talk to our CEO about how their school vision relates to the whole Trust vision and how the actions staff and pupils take at their school relate to our Trust values, and how we can ensure that this vision and values are understood by all key stakeholders.
Across the academic year regular meetings take place within all areas of school operations and across all roles and experience levels of staff. Cluster meetings are scheduled for staff groups such as finance, admin, facilities management, subject leaders, senior leaders and Headteachers. Our Trust also has a thriving wellbeing committee who are continually improving practice across our Trust and regularly source training/initiatives to support all Victorious staff.
We have formal and informal platforms for communications and staff report a real benefit from liaising with other professionals with the same/similar role to themselves, particularly where a school may have only one or two people in the role. These two levels of support and collaboration offer our Trust staff increased wellbeing and emotional support as well as gaining professional knowledge and expertise.
Beyond our Trust family in our schools’ local areas, we meet with local primary and secondary schools to build relationships and understand need. We develop strong relationships with the admissions teams and wider local authority officers, including the safeguarding and health and safety teams. Our school leaders are active contributors to the local school system, including training opportunities, peer-to-peer support, network / cluster partnership working and sharing good practice.
Some of our Trust Collaboration groups who meet half-termly, include:
- Office Managers
- Deputies and Assistant Headteachers
- Facilities Management
- Curriculum Subject Groups
- Wellbeing Champions
- EYFS Leads
- SENDCo Leads
- Assessment Leads
- Writing Moderation
Some of our Collaboration Events that take place over the school year, include:
- Victorious Voices, our Trust Choir.
- Cross Trust Sports events, including, Dodgeball, Athletics, Football, Netball, Rugby.
- Maths Time Tables Rockstars Competition.