The Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust (DoWMAT) is fully committed to ensuring every child within the Trust receives a high quality education, enabling each child to secure maximum progress through each school year. The school improvement within the Trust is led by the CEO who has a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of all academies within the Trust. School Improvement is at the heart of the Trust’s work to ensure that outcomes for pupils are central to all we do.
Our improvement cycle is built around 4 key steps
Academy Learning Partners
The main driver of support for DoWMAT school improvement comes from our Academy Learning Partners.
Each school is assigned an Academy Learning Partner (School Improvement Advisor equivalent) who visits each half term with a school improvement focus.
The aim of these visits is to provide an opportunity to review the academy’s provision alongside the Headteacher and set clear targets to address identified development needs.
The ALPs are responsible for providing high quality school improvement support and challenge within their designated DoWMAT academies.
The ALPs work alongside the CEO and other members of the ALP team to ensure consistency in the quality and approach of school improvement support across all DoWMAT academies.
John has worked as a Headteacher in a number of First and Primary schools in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, following a teaching career in First, Middle and Primary schools.
His Headship experience includes work in large urban schools in challenging circumstances and in small rural schools. He currently works as a School Improvement Adviser in a local authority and has a particular interest in Maths. In addition to this John provides consultancy support to a number of Multi Academy Trusts. He holds the NPQH and a Diploma in Mathematical Education and also has experience as both as a School Improvement Partner and as a School Coach for Achievement for All.
Geraldine is a qualified teacher and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship. As well as inspecting for Ofsted, Geraldine works as a school improvement adviser for two different local authorities. She provides support and challenge to a range of schools including those causing concern. Geraldine has over twenty years of experience in education. She has been an executive headteacher of a large, urban, two school federation. Geraldine’s specialism is in primary education and early years.
I am a dedicated professional and trained LLE with extensive leadership experience in the primary sector who thrives on developing schools with significant issues creating devolved, strong leadership teams through utilising a range of skills including coaching and mentoring. A friendly and approachable person whose staff and colleagues have said they have found supportive, knowledgeable and clear. My core driver is a fierce determination that every child gets one chance of education and I look to support schools and governing bodies in ensuring this happens.
Clare Saunders is an experienced teacher and senior leader with more than 25 years experience. She is currently a School Improvement partner within the secondary and primary remits for a wide variety of schools. She has worked in and with schools in Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Birmingham, where she developed all aspects of leadership, teaching and learning, and pupils’ outcomes. She is a former Lead Ofsted Inspector, and enjoyed inspecting over a ten year period. She has extensive knowledge about school improvement and enjoys helping school leaders to improve their schools through a variety of ways through her own consultancy. She also carries out quality assurance work for Initial Teacher Education for a range of providers in the primary and secondary sector.