Exceed Academies Trust’s school improvement organisation, Exceed Institute, is driven by the Trust’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy. This runs through everything we do to support our schools.
Our staff are our most valuable asset. Whether they are experienced teachers, early career teachers, aspiring teachers, support staff or aspiring or established leaders, we invest in them to ensure our children and communities have the very best adults supporting their learning and development. Our CPD continuum maps all the support available to our Trust staff – from support staff to executive leaders.
We grow the next generation of teachers. We develop our support staff and applicants to our ‘Outstanding’ school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) programmes to prepare for training, to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and to have a successful early career as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT). We work. Our Early Career Development Programme draws explicitly on the research and evidence-based practice that has informed Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework and ITT core standards. It also has strong links with the new Early Career Framework that will be piloted in Bradford from 2020.
We are committed to reducing unnecessary workload for teachers and leaders. The wellbeing of our staff is vital to the success of our organisation, and the learning and development of our children.
We recognise that our schools serve different communities and have different contexts. Where our schools are successful, the school’s leaders have the autonomy to run their school. They can, for example, tailor their curriculum to the needs of their children and communities. We don’t set standardise provision. Our Trust Parent Engagement Champion helps to develop parental engagement.
We support school self-evaluation. We work with autonomous school leaders to help them to assess their schools strengths and areas for development. We work as a partnership, sharing the capacity of our very best teachers and leaders from all our schools and the Trust to provide high-quality, effective support to leaders in our schools. Our School Improvement Strategy is research and evidence-informed.
Research informs our school improvement strategy, teaching and leadership. Our strategy helps to reduce unnecessary teacher workload by helping schools to stop doing the things that don’t have an impact, thus enhancing teacher recruitment and retention. Our Evidence-Informed Schools blogs, Trust newsletters and Impact Studies help to demonstrate the nature of what our schools do.
We support schools beyond our trust…we have a moral purpose to do so
Exceed Institute facilitates a wide range of school improvement support for Exceed Academies Trust and schools in Leeds, Bradford, Keighley and beyond. We utilise the capacity of their own and partner schools and trusts to share expertise between schools. We are driven by our ‘why’.