Collaborative Strategic Partners

How we build relationships

SET is committed to building relationships with key strategic partners who can mutually support and benefit from a relationship with our family of academies.

This will build upon existing relationships between Trust members and associated partners e.g.

  • Teaching School Alliance
  • Selby College has long term relationships with Huddersfield University for Teacher Training and the University of Hull for Early Years Education. It is part of a network of schools and higher education that are committed to maximising students’ potential and to supporting each other on the road to excellence
  • Employers
  • Local Voluntary Services
  • Universities and Training institutions
  • In service training partners
  • Community bodies including sports clubs, drama and musical groups, churches
  • Statutory bodies and will seek to build on current relationships and form new ones with
  • Good and outstanding Schools
  • Other Teaching Schools
  • Other Academy Sponsor Trusts
  • The independent sector

Selby Educational Trust Working with Schools

The ethos of the Trust is to ensure that the existing strengths of each school are preserved whilst supporting schools to move towards excellence. As schools join there will be an analysis of existing information including finance, base line attainment, curriculum, staffing levels, buildings and current judgements (self-evaluation, OFSTED and Local Authority). A development plan will be devised and agreed with staff and Governors to put the school on the road to achieving ‘Outstanding’ status.

Our Trust Members and Directors offer the knowledge and expertise which is integral to improving teaching and learning and raising education standards. It is our intention that SET shares a culture of embedding and promoting best practice in all our Academies. All Academies in the Trust will benefit not just from the support provided by other partners but also from sharing their own existing good practice, ensuring benefits for good and outstanding schools as well as those requiring improvement.

We will work together to achieve this by the collaboration of all the academies in embedding best practice and share in securing an excellent learning future for our pupils. Each Academy, through its individual funding agreement with the Trust, will contribute to and benefit from the sharing of services to enhance its own academic and financial performance.

We will work collaboratively with governors, headteachers and staff across the Trust, sharing expertise and opportunities for better outcomes for pupils.

Our approach will be:

Working with schools graded Outstanding

To preserve the strengths of ‘Outstanding-graded’ schools, the approach that led to the achievement of the ‘Outstanding’ judgement will be shared among the other academies. This will be facilitated by shared training for staff, observations and system development.

Our combined knowledge and skills will fully support the ‘Outstanding’ schools by providing an effective and robust structure of support. ‘Outstanding’ schools will be able to enhance, maintain and improve their existing excellent practice through sharing ideas and implementation across a variety of settings.

Working with schools graded Good

Schools that have been graded ‘Good’ and joining the Trust will have many strengths to build upon. The Trust will work with these schools to help assist the move to an ‘Outstanding’ grade.

The extensive experience of our Trust membership will provide strong support for our ‘Good-graded’ schools by helping school leaders to establish and implement an effective framework to enhance high standards of teaching and learning provision and to share knowledge, good practice and services to achieve this.

By working with other Trust academies, ‘Good-graded’ schools will be able to use experience and skills gained both from ‘Outstanding-graded’ partners and also from sharing their own ideas to enhance existing practice. We will support the ‘Good-graded’ schools by underpinning the progress towards attaining aspirational targets to achieve the ‘Outstanding’ grade.

Working with schools requiring improvement

The Trust will work with the school leadership and Governors to analyse the school’s overall situation using the OFSTED report as a starting point. The Trust will support the school to ensure that the identified improvements necessary to move towards ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ are addressed.

Our Trust is committed to raising and maintaining standards for all our schools and will work in the best interests of both the schools and the pupils ensuring sharing of best practice and raising standards through a collaborative partnership.

The combined experience of the Trust partnership will enable schools which require improvement to develop standards and practices and the underpinning resources to reach the aspirational goals set.

Working with schools in special measures

Schools in this category will require rapid improvement strategies to be put into place. We will work with Governors, school leadership teams and staff to seek and implement relentlessly the improvements that are needed to ensure that all pupils are able to fulfil their potential and benefit from the same level of provision across all Trust academies.

Our Trust will create a bespoke package unique to that individual school and provide full support through a dedicated partnership sharing our combined leadership strengths and education experience. The team will monitor progress and outcomes against the planned improvement strategy