We believe in a Trust of equals. We are committed to an ongoing journey of discovery and development that we believe will help us to continually test and challenge ourselves and, consequently, enhance our offer to families and young people in our schools.
Communitas Education Trust is led by educational professionals with outstanding track records. This provenance is key to our offer. Our leaders, our School Improvement support, are credible and proven.
We can guide schools to the best in the system. We look for innovators– schools bucking the trend. We will help schools to forge networks. We will provide regular updates on emerging practice and research. We will provide ongoing learning and development opportunities for leaders and for leadership teams. We will encourage you to explore, innovate and create.
We will bring together a community of colleagues who share a commitment to collaborative working and to making their institution the best that they can be.
We have inspirational practice going on right now. We are also connected to more great practice both nationally and internationally. We believe that innovation is the lifeblood of a thriving education system.
We are an outward facing organisation. We believe that we should measure ourselves against the best in the system.
Communitas Education Trust offers collaboration, not prescription. We offer choice, not decisions made for you. Communitas was founded on the principle of autonomy and collaboration.
We want all of our schools to feel the benefits of autonomy. Crucially, an autonomous school is a school that takes responsibility for itself. Taking responsibility and accepting accountability are key components of success in schools. We will work as a true partner to ensure the ongoing success of our schools.
We have two Schemes of Delegation for Academy Governing Bodies.
Scheme 1 puts the same delegated powers in the hands of Governing Bodies that they experienced under the Local Authority. Schools rated Good and Outstanding will have Scheme 1 delegation.
Schools rated Requires Improvement or Inadequate need more support to help them become Good and better. Scheme of Delegation 2 gives more authority to the CEO and Board to help the Headteacher and Academy Governing Body to achieve rapid improvement. Of course, we aim to ensure that all our Academies operate under Scheme of Delegation 1.
Academies have the autonomy to set their own curriculum.
Academies have the autonomy to make their own decisions on the services they want to buy.
Academies have the autonomy to appoint their own staff.
Academies have the autonomy to work with partners of their choice.
The ability to maintain a high level of autonomy is a key reason to consider joining Communitas. Our aim is to support and challenge you to become even better. We recognise the importance of ownership in inspiring institutions to achieve beyond their previous best.
We will provide a network of schools and professionals.
We will provide inspiring examples of what’s possible.
We will provide supporting toolkits for all levels at your school – support for Governance, support for Headteachers, support for Business Managers, support for Middle Leaders, support for newly appointed employees, and more.
We can challenge where we need to. Crucially, with that challenge we will provide an infrastructure to support and develop each school within the Communitas Education Trust.