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What Community First Academy Trust believe – the importance of trust
The legal basis of all academies and multi-academy trusts in the country are education charities. We are accustomed to using the word ‘trust’ to describe this legal vehicle. But trust means so much more. As the new shape of our education system emerges, we believe that it is important to give priority to three other meanings of trust.
- Trust as a relational principle
Our education system must retain trust as a relational principle. All school trusts should have as a core focus the behaviours and actions everyone will take to build trust – with children and young people, parents and the community and wider society. Trust as a relational principle should also be at the contractual heart of employer-employee relationship. The principle of trust should represent an objective reality in our education system that transcends cultures and organisations. It is at the heart of education as a public good.
- Trust as a core value
Trust is an essential human value that quantifies and defines our interdependence in relationships with others. As a value, trust should help us determine the rightfulness or wrongfulness of our actions.
- Trust as a promise
Holding trust on behalf of children: when we establish an academy or multi-academy trust, we are effectively making a promise to hold trust with and on behalf of children. Kofi Annan said in The State of the World’s Children (2000): “There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.”
Our school trust has a single legal and moral purpose: to advance education in the public benefit.
A Very Warm Welcome
Community First Academy Trust (CFAT) consists of like-minded individuals who focus relentlessly on their core purpose to advance education for public benefit.
Our charitable school trust has one single legal and moral purpose: to advance education in the public interest.
We believe that school trusts create the conditions for deep collaboration among teachers and leaders to improve the quality of education.
CFAT is a diverse school trust encompassing a Nursery, a Primary School, a Primary / Secondary phase SCITT, a reputable Teaching School TSA with Research School links, an Apprenticeship Provider and is a DfE sponsor. CFAT also operates a successful facilities management company for its organisations CFAT Facilities Ltd.
There is now stronger evidence that groups of schools and organisations working together under a single governance structure are educationally and financially stronger.
Our mission is to ensure that every child in our school trust develops as a confident and competent person with the highest aspirations to be the best they possibly can be. We are passionate that each school within our charitable trust continues to be unique whilst benefiting from being part of a group of schools.
We hope that you will be inspired to join us on the next stage of our journey to create a group of schools that work together in providing our pupils and communities the very best in educational services.
CFAT are committed to the professional and personal development of its workforce and to making a significant contribution to a self-improving school system within the communities we serve.
Together we will provide a better future with limitless horizons.
We welcome discussions with schools and leaders who are interested in working collaboratively in this early but exciting stage.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any further questions you may have.
| Executive Headteacher | MA, NPQH, NLE | FCMI
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Latest Calendar Events
- Westbridge TSA - Approaches to remote learning24Feb2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm @ Westbridge TSA, Rivington Ave, Wigan, WN2 5NG via virtual meeting
Westbridge TSA are proud to present this timely online session to explore the evidence around Remote Learning – what do we know, and how you might use this to plan your own provision. These programmes are designed as a series of 2021 ‘knowledge events’. Secure your virtual place: http://tinyurl.com/1rdtsgb0
- Karen Ardley | Leading Learning from the Middle02Mar2021
@ Westbridge TSA, Rivington Ave, Wigan, WN2 5NG or virtually if covid-19 restrictions prevent attendance at our training centre
Booking Link: https://www.westbridgetsa.co.uk/professional-and-leadership-development/cpd/leading-learning-from-the-middle Specific requirements This course is suitable for aspiring or middle managers currently responsible for co-ordinating or managing a subject or aspect of school provision (e.g. Subject, SENCO, Faculty, Assessment, Key Stage, Year Group, etc) What will I study? Programme Outline This four-day programme provides the opportunity for middle managers to improve their leadership behaviours and develop the skills required to make real changes to standards in their area of responsibility. Previous participants have found the programme inspirational and life changing. Delegates must attended all four days. Objectives To deepen middle managers' understanding of themselves and their leadership behaviours. To extend middle managers' knowledge and understanding about leadership. To develop leadership skills. Key areas covered personal leadership skills and qualities; the role of the middle leader/manager; our current educational agenda; an emotionally intelligent leader; effective professional development; working with teams; giving feedback; coaching for improvement; making meetings more exciting; improving teaching and learning in your area; holding people to account; and presentation skills. Your Facilitator Karen Ardley is a highly successful leadership consultant, and facilitator, specialising in all aspects of leadership. Drawing on her wide experience as a teacher and leader in all phases of education, Karen designs and delivers outstanding and inspirational leadership programmes focused on change and improvement. Her previous projects have included working with the education ministries of England, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kenya through NCTL. She is currently designing a leadership and quality assurance programme for United Nations school. Recent international work has involved teachers and leaders from over sixty countries and KAA work successfully in partnership with several Teaching Schools and Multi Academy Trusts in England, as well as individual schools. About Karen Ardley Associates KAA is a dynamic, creative leadership, training and development consultancy. We design and deliver professional training and development programmes for leaders and people involved with providing or supporting learning, worldwide. Our inspirational leadership programmes and consultancy have proven success and organisational impact. Our outstanding classroom practice programmes impact positively and directly on student engagement and progress. Testimonials ‘This is without doubt, the most practical, interesting and thorough course I have been on in my time in education. It will change my classroom practice as well as making me plan, think and reflect on my leadership much more’ Dannielle White, Brussels, Belgium ‘This course will change your life…not only as a leader but as a human. Best training I have been on in my life’ Lisa Muugi, Braeburn International School, Kenya ‘I would recommend this programme without reservation. An invaluable insight into leading not managing, in complete contrast to previous middle managers courses I attended.’ Lisa Finighan, Doha College, UAE
- David Porritt | Advanced Coaching Programme08Mar2021
@ Westbridge TSA, Rivington Ave, Wigan, WN2 5NG or virtually if covid-19 restrictions prevent attendance at our training centre
To Book visit: https://www.westbridgetsa.co.uk/professional-and-leadership-development/cpd/advanced-coaching-programme Programme Outline This KAA advanced coaching programme is an exciting and engaging three-day workshop enabling coaches with some previous experience to achieve sustained excellence and maximum performance. The programme provides you with an opportunity to develop authentic and powerful coaching skills that integrate performance and purpose in your work. Target Audience Team, middle and senior leaders who have some previous coaching experience and are keen to develop their practice further. Objectives To explore key principles of coaching To provide opportunities to practice and develop advanced coaching skills. To consider models of leadership and human learning that influence the ways in which we coach. Key areas covered Principles of coaching, values and beliefs in coaching, coaching leaders and coaching leaders developmentally, career coaching, transactional analysis and coaching, active, reflective listening and questioning, decision making, preparing to coach; and ethics in coaching. Your Facilitator David has been a Headteacher and Principal for 21 years in the UK, Singapore, The Netherlands, and China. He holds an MBA in Educational Leadership (International) a Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring and has facilitated several cohorts of international teaching staff through the International Programme for Middle Leaders for the Council of British International Schools. Along with developing and running workshops and professional learning sessions at various conferences as a consultant in schools and for a church, David is currently working to complete his doctorate in Leadership at UCL Institute of Education. His research is concerned with Professional Agency: Exploring the Impact of Coaching on the Leadership, Learning and Self-Efficacy of School Leaders who Coach. He has been a team inspector for OfSTED and the Independent Schools Inspectorate. About Karen Ardley Associates KAA is a dynamic, creative leadership, training and development consultancy. We design and deliver professional training and development programmes for leaders and people involved with providing or supporting learning, worldwide.Our inspirational leadership programmes and consultancy have proven success and organisational impact. Our outstanding classroom practice programmes impact positively and directly on student engagement and progress. Testimonials ‘Coaching for Impact programme for 25 of our team – absolutely brilliant. The structure of the programme and David’s delivery was truly engaging. These 3 days have been such a catalyst for deep reflection and evaluation of how I lead and how I coach others.’ Nicola Singleton, Whole School Principal, Modern English ‘This programme is hugely confidence building! The practical side of putting theory into practice was very valuable’ Eileen Butler, Raha International School, Abu Dhabi
- SEND Guidance Report Twilight24Mar2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm @ Westbridge TSA, Rivington Ave, Wigan, WN2 5NG or virtually if covid-19 restrictions prevent attendance at our training centre
Session Overview: This twilight session is based on the SEND Guidance Report and is supported by a review of the best available evidence on improving outcomes for pupils with SEND in mainstream schools. This session focusses on research related to pupils aged 5–16. Session Delivered By: Simon Cox | Blackpool Research School Charlotte Hindley | Evidence Leader in Education
- Get into Teaching - Information Events (2020-21)20Apr2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ Kingbridge Teacher Training, Rivington Ave, Wigan, WN2 5NG
Our Get into Teaching Events offer a brilliant opportunity to find out more about teacher training and what a career in teaching has to offer. They’re also a great way for you to meet our schools and partners that lead teacher training , and get one-to-one advice on every aspect of getting into teaching. Places fill up quickly, so make sure you reserve yours today. What you can expect: - chat online with newly qualified teachers and find out what a day in the life of a teacher is really like - get one-to-one advice from our teaching experts on your application, including specific advice on your personal statement - watch a presentation on how to get into teaching - You can spend as much or as little time as you like at the event. - We can point you in the right direction and give you the answers you need to help get you one step closer to your rewarding new future. To attend this event, you must register for a place. Once registered, you will receive log-in information and joining instructions via email. Please register online at https://kingsbridgeteachertraining.co.uk/
- 27th Jan 2021 - update from Sue Darbyshire to the school community of Platt Bridge Community School
My aspiration for this update is to provide our school community with some clarity on the latest government announcements and how our trust and school will continue to support you and your child during this continued period of national lockdown.
- Message from Sue Darbyshire in anticipation of this evenings televised statement on the 'next steps' concerning coronavirus
An further update to provide parents and carers within our school community with clarity following the continuing uncertainty and rumours in the press.
- Message from Sue Darbyshire following today's Government press conferences relating to the national situation concerning coronavirus
An extraordinary update to provide parents and carers within our school community with clarity following the continuing uncertainty and rumours in the press.