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Ed Vainker

Remaining True to Vision and Values in a Post-Lockdown World

When we opened Reach Academy Feltham in 2012 it was with the conviction that we would deliver a life of choice and opportunity for our pupils only if we built strong relationships with families and sought to offer a range of support, especially in moments of adversity. One of our first appointments was our Family Support Worker, still an integral member of our staff, and she did her first home visit months before the school opened.

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Gareth Conyard

The Early Career Framework

We know we need to be attracting great people into the teaching profession, and that we want to retain and develop that talent. This was true well before...

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Leora Cruddas

"Rising strong"

We have seen a plethora of articles and blogs written over the past few months, regarding all aspects of education. Many have called for fundamental and...

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Claire Maclean

Building Agility and Confidence – One Trust’s Approach to Post Lockdown Strategic Planning

As the lockdown eases and we continue to refine our Trust’s strategic approach in readiness for the new academic year, being agile and confident in response...

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Tom Rees

Business as Unusual for School Trusts

Life in a school or trust is always busy and full of challenges but a global pandemic has brought new problems for schools to wrestle with.

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Catherine Paine

Schools Rising to the Unprecedented Challenge of COVID-19

When I was asked to write this piece, the world was a different place. The original article that I had written was about how we were working across REAch2...

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Nick Smee

Managing a Trust’s Reputation in the Online, Post Truth World

School trusts are facing unprecedented reputational challenges in a post truth world. Whilst the requirement for schools to have an online presence is...

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Leora Cruddas

School Trusts – An “Insurgent Mission”

In their excellent book, The Founder’s Mentality, Zook and Allen talk about the insurgent mission as one of the key features of the founders of successful...

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Roger Inman

There May Be Trouble Ahead: The Importance of Acting Early to Manage DfE Intervention into a Failing Academy

In a period of political uncertainty, many trusts find themselves facing forceful intervention by the DfE when one of their academies gets into trouble....

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Leora Cruddas

School Trusts as New Civic Structures

Earlier this year, I was delighted to give evidence to the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to think...

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Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the first edition of Trust for the new 2019/20 academic year. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the range of topical subjects covered in...

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Ciara Campfield

Academy Trusts and the Risks of Insolvency

Academy trusts’ financial circumstances are becoming more challenging and increasing numbers are now seen to be at risk of insolvency. With the fall...

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Steve Savory and Hannah Woodhouse

What Does a Great MAT Do in School Improvement?

Since multi-academy trusts were created, or school trusts as we would now know them, there has been much discussion about what it is that great MATs do...

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Leora Cruddas

Changing The Story

At the legal and ethical heart of what we do as academy trusts lies something bold and aspirational – our core charitable purpose is to advance education...

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Ollie Lane

Changing The Narrative – Telling Your Trust’s Story

Once upon a time, schools were schools. Some of them were good, some of them less so. But they were all schools – and they were all called schools, whether...

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Stef Edwards

Learn-AT Framework for School Improvement

Learn-AT launched in September 2016 – a mixed Church of England and Community multi-academy trust of seven primary schools, all aligned around a vision...

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Leora Cruddas

Introduction

Welcome to the second edition of Trust, our Journal for Executive and Governance Leaders.

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Will Jordan

Striking The Right Balance

Since its earliest days, the academy movement has provoked fierce debate on the merits of centralisation. For some schools, a centralised management model...

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Dominic Herrington

The Importance of Strong and Resilient MATs

Reminding ourselves of our core purpose in education is undoubtedly one of the most important elements in building a strong and resilient school system....

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Leora Cruddas

Building Trust

Over the past decade, academies have become a powerful force in education reform. With half of our children and young people in England educated in the...

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