Support for Learning
The key test for any activity generated within the Enquire Learning Trust should be; how does this impact upon learning in classrooms? All of the systems, processes and activities we generate should be focused upon making a difference to the quality of teaching and thereby outcomes for children. We need to create the conditions for all children to become successful learners. Learning in the Enquire Learning Trust academies should:
- Be inclusive – provision should meet the needs of learners of all abilities, with aspirational targets set for every child
- Focused upon achievement – ensuring that opportunities acre created for all children to reach their academic potential
- Meaningful and relevant – focused upon meeting children where they are and taking them to where they need to be
- Build confidence and self-esteem – so that all children believe they can be successful learners
- Develop habits for learning – habits which children will be able to draw upon throughout their education and beyond
- Be INSPIRATIONAL – creative and imaginative teaching which inspires a love of learning in every child
This is what we should see, hear and feel in every Enquire Learning Trust academy.
The most crucial role of all Academy leaders is to secure the best possible outcomes for children. Enquire Learning Trust will provide monitoring, support and challenge to academy leaders and members of the Local Governing Body. To facilitate this each academy within the Enquire Learning Trust will have an entitlement to a range of services including:
- Access to a designated academy improvement professional
- Access to a designated Local Leader of Education or National Leader of Education
- Access to the resources and connections provided by our Teaching School Alliance based at Hawthorns Academy
Each academic year every academy will host two focused enquiries into practice that will enable an academy to reflect on its strengths and areas for development. Drawing upon the expertise of school leaders across the trust, the enquiry process creates a robust body of evidence that can be used by leaders and governors to give impetus to improvement and also be used by other leaders within the Trust as a platform for their own development initiatives. Additionally, Local Governing Bodies and school leaders can commission from the Enquire Learning Trust internal inspections that will be carried in out accordance with the Ofsted Framework for Inspection and led by trained and experienced Ofsted Inspectors.
Getting the finances right – and securing the best deal for learners – is crucial for academy leaders and Local Governing Bodies. It’s also an aspect of work that can be time consuming and complex, particularly in the early days after conversion when budgeting, banking and financial monitoring and reporting processes are new and unfamiliar.
The Chief Finance Officer has the responsibly of assuring the financial health and probity of the Enquire Learning Trust as a whole and working with academies to manage their budgets well. Additional support is offered direct to academies via the Trust Accountant and a designated Hub Business Manager to ensure that each academy receives the right level of funding, help with financial planning, assistance with budget monitoring/reporting and the preparation of year end accounts. As well as on-site support, the Enquire Learning Trust will provide regular updates and professional development opportunities for academy leaders and business managers.
Each academy within the Enquire Learning Trust has its own subsidiary bank account with Barclays and can benefit from free and helpful support from our designated relationship manager.
World Class Learning Opportunities for All…
We believe that all children can be powerful learners given access to great teaching and great learning experiences. We want children and the academies they attend to be confident, successful and ambitious.
Upon conversion individual academies will have their own arrangements and systems for the support of IT and for the management of finance and school data. Where an IT support provider offers an excellent service at a competitive price those relationships will be sustained and it may be that other local Enquire Learning Trust academies could benefit from that relationship and those arrangements.
It is the aspiration of Enquire Learning Trust that over time and in consultation with member academies that IT systems for the management of security, finance and data will become standardised Trust wide. Timeframes for newly converted academies to adopt this system will be negotiated with each individual academy.
Special Educational Needs
The challenge of SEN is to both create outstanding provision whilst ensuring systems and processes serve the needs of our most vulnerable children and their families. Hawthorns is both an outstanding Special School and a National Teaching School. There is a special expertise which lies within Hawthorns which other Trust academies can learn from. In doing so we also acknowledge the SEN expertise which exists within each Trust academy. To build provision and practice upon the best of what already exists whilst working together to find innovative solutions to meeting the challenges of working with children who have an identified special educational need. All Trust academies are committed to an inclusive education for all children.
Commitment to Communities
All our academies are unique institutes that serve the needs of their children and families. We value and reinforce this continuously.