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CFAT News | Our Excellence in Education Strategy 2030

29 April 2022 (by admin)

Trustees approved a new Excellence in Education 2030 Strategy at its 29th March 2022 meeting

Our 2030 strategy is aliened to our trust values of Create Furnish Achieve Teamwork 'CFAT' and sets out how the trusts will support  the Government’s long-term vision set out within its March 2022 white Paper for a fully trust led system that helps every child to fulfil their potential by ensuring that they receive the right support when needed.


The CFAT Excellence in Education Strategy 2030 is a strategy to ensure an excellent education for all children and young people within our Trust and their communities, whatever their background, age or ability. We ensure equality of opportunities plus securing good health, well-being, and resilience for all. To achieve this, we want to be exceptional in our practice and, celebrate exceptional school leaders by having creative and collaborative partnerships. We want our staff to feel supported, confident and skilled, to help our children and families achieve their aspirations.

Delivering excellence is our overriding focus | We want all children within our region to have a great education

Nationally, over 50 per cent of pupils in state-funded education study in academies. In Wigan this is just short of 30 per cent of pupils (Oct 2021). As of October 2021, there are 9,773 academies and free schools and nationally they are made up as below:

  • 79% of all state secondary schools
  • 38% of all state primary schools
  • 43% of all state special schools and 46% of alternative provision.

In Wigan the academy coverage is 21% Primary and 47% Secondary. The government’s vision remains for every school to be part of a family of schools in a strong multi academy trust. (April 2021)  

The February 2022 Levelling Up White Paper proposes a plan to transform the UK by spreading opportunity and prosperity to all parts of it.

The two missions for the Department for Education are:

Education: By 2030, the number of primary school children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths will significantly increase. In England, this will mean 90% of children will achieve the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Skills: By 2030, the number of people successfully completing high quality skills training will have significantly increased in every area of the UK. In England, this will lead to 200,000 more people successfully completing high quality skills training

The DfE March 2022 white paper demonstrates how our education system can deliver on the government’s priority to level up across the country. The economic benefits of meeting the white paper’s ambitions, and the case for a fully trust led system, are also set out.

The paper will set a new national mission to ensure that 90% of children leaving primary school in England are reaching the expected standard in Reading, Writing, and Maths by 2030. In 2019, just 65% of pupils achieved this, with the proportion substantially varying across the country.

The White Paper sets out a stronger vision for a stronger school system with a focus on Literacy and Numeracy to fulfil the potential of every child.

Sue Darbyshire

Chief Executive Officer

Community First Academy Trust

For more details on our five 2030 priorities and key 2022-2030 objectives contact s.darbyshire@cfat.org.uk 

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