Academy Improvement Offer
The Diocese of Worcester Multi Academy Trust (DoWMAT) Academy Effectiveness Team works directly with each academy to support continued school improvement and is fully committed to ensuring every child within the Trust receives the best in all aspects of school provision.
Our Academy Effectiveness Team, led by our Academy Improvement Lead, Mr. John McMillan, has a clear understanding of the strengths and next steps for all academies within the Trust.
Each DoWMAT academy receives a half termly Academy Effectiveness Visit; affording academy leaders the opportunity to reflect on impact to date, celebrate achievements and map out actions for next steps, within a supportive and challenging framework.
As a growing MAT, we are constantly reviewing our academy effectiveness provision to ensure we have a skilled team of advisors, strong practitioners, external support and best practice to draw upon, to meet the needs of all our academies. As capacity and strength of practice grows in our own academies, collaborative and peer-to-peer opportunities are presenting an exciting addition to this approach.
Curriculum provision and using assessment effectively to deliver improved pupil outcomes are key drivers this academic year as we look to building back better after the disruption of the last few years.
Celebrating the launch of our new academy improvement offer: September 2022
Since the very beginning of our DoWMAT journey, a major key priority has been to grow leadership capacity across the Trust so all academies can benefit from working alongside strong, effective leaders and committed, fully active Local Academy Boards able to provide a sounding board and be a critical friend for school improvement matters. We are now at a point where this drive is beginning to bear fruit and we can see this vision becoming a reality.
As a result of our increased capacity of strong leaders at every level, we will now be launching our new Trust Improvement Strategy from September 2022.
From September, our capacity for Academy Improvement will come from four different levels.
- Trust Central Improvement Team
- Additional Trust Leads: Internal Support
- Teaching and Learning Specialists: School to School Support
- Key Capacity Providers
TRUST CENTRAL IMPROVEMENT TEAM
We have expanded our DoWMAT Academy Improvement Team, to include;
John McMillan: Trust Academy Improvement Lead
Sue Parker: Academy Improvement Advisor working to bring about rapid change in some of our more challenging settings
Maggie Spence: Academy Improvement Advisor: Trust SEND Lead / Trust ECT Lead
Pal Brom: Academy Improvement Advisor: Trust Moderation Lead / Trust EYFS
ADDITIONAL TRUST LEADS
In addition to this strong team, we are also thrilled to see growing numbers of Senior Leaders stepping forward with an interest in leading initiatives across the Trust and having a growing impact and influence on schools beyond their own. These leaders will join our Central Advisory Team in leading key areas across the Trust from September, to include;
Martina Abbott (Crowle): Trust Science Lead and EYFS Specialist
Judie Matthews (Netherton): Trust Reading Lead
Carol Reece (St. Oswald’s): Teaching and Learning
Liz Whetham (St. Barnabas): Trust Pupil Premium Lead / SIAMs Champion
Jayne Nichol (Offenham): Trust SIAMS Champion
Alison Taylor (St. Oswald’s): Trust SIAMS Champion
Emma Rose (Madresfield): Trust SIAMs Champion
Martha Worthington (Powick): Research based approaches to school improvement
Over time, we plan to extend this team to cover additional aspects of provision and we will look to further leaders stepping forward and contributing to this exciting mission.
Ensuring strength in leadership is a challenge, particularly in small schools of one form entry or less where the staffing structure / finances do not allow for a full on-site leadership team. To ensure these schools can benefit from the experience of strong leaders, we have developed a strong team of Executive Headteachers. These highly experienced members of staff are able to provide strong support and a wealth of experience to our smaller schools or new to post Heads of School.
The DoWMAT is responsible for allocating Executive Headteachers to the right school and ensuring a good match in the skills and experience required.
TEACHING AND LEARNING PARTNERS
We now have growing numbers of excellent class / subject practitioners in our DoWMAT classrooms who are beginning to share practice and visit one another to seek out effective workable strategies to improve teaching and learning. It has been a privilege talking to Headteachers and identifying further members of staff in each school who would be interested in a role across more than one academy to become part of this team.
KEY CAPACITY PROVIDERS
We work in close partnership with the Diocese of Worcester Education Team and with a number of other educational providers and external consultants who we are able to draw upon for additional support capacity, when required, to include;
Chadsgrove School (SEND)
Worcestershire Local Authority: Safeguarding / School Improvement
Worcestershire County Council
The Rivers CofE Academy Trust
KEY ACADEMY IMPROVEMENT STRANDS
This additional Academy Improvement capacity means we are able to provide a far more wide- ranging and comprehensive package for academy improvement, encompassing the following strands;
TRUST ACADEMY IMPROVEMENT CYCLE
Our improvement cycle will continue to be based on a cyclical process whereby we review the academy’s current position, strengths and improvement needs and follow this up with support, CPD and interventions, as required to empower academy leaders to reach key milestones and ultimately achieve key priorities. There will be regular opportunities to evaluate outcomes to check we are on the right track and to support the identification of the next steps for improvement.
OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED
Moving to a position where system leadership is the norm and staff can be a part of developing practice across a wide range of schools is an exciting prospect for the DoWMAT. Working together and collaborating across academies is key to achieving this and is why we are particularly interested in supporting staff along every stage in their professional education journey. If you are looking for the next step, either in terms of accessing the support available to improve / support your practice, or if you feel you are at a point where you would be interested in supporting others, please speak to your Headteacher or the SIA assigned to your academy who will be able to signpost you in the right direction.
Our full Academy Improvement Offer can be downloaded here.