Operational plans

The Trust will develop and monitor Annual Operational plans. For 2016-17 the Trust will:

  • Put in place rigorous and relevant operating systems and capacity to set up effective data monitoring systems.
  • Confirm and disseminate its Corporate Strategy setting out the Trust`s vision, values, strategic objectives and priorities to:
    • Ensure that everyone within SET is moving in the same direction and working to the same ends.
    • Provide accurate estimations of start up and running costs for the trust.
    • Precisely define the trust’s accountability model.
    • Act as a conduit for internal and external communication.
    • Provide a framework for accountability and performance management.
    • Ensure consistency in decision-making. - Provide the basis for effective and rational allocation of resources.
    • Ensure that the trust uses academy freedoms and flexibility to uphold the ethos of the Academies Programme and provide value for money for SET academies and partners.
  • Put in place comprehensive governance framework set around risk management, performance management, a scheme of delegation, etc. We will give particular priority to ensuring that we meet legal requirements (e.g. public liability insurance), and systems for tracking progress.
  • Put in place robust financial monitoring systems to safeguard the financial management of the trust as a whole as well as the SET academies and any arrangements with external providers and funders.
  • Establish standardised and easy to use procedures, guidance, checklists, handbooks, proformas and other documentation for staff, directors and local governing bodies to ensure that everyone in the trust understands their responsibilities and what they are accountable for delivering.
  • Ensure that the trust has current policies on safeguarding, organisational learning, student welfare, self-evaluation documentation to satisfy the requirements of Ofsted. In addition, SET academies will have a home-school agreement contract to preserve British values and the provision of a balanced curriculum for every student.
  • Set up IT and financial systems (hardware and software) including back up arrangements which are flexible to adapt to changes in technology and which provide for students to learn coding and be equipped with digital technology skills.
  • Train SET staff and academy staff on SET procedures and systems and train Board Directors on their legal responsibilities, especially those relating to finance, employment, safeguarding, and education law. The SET Board will also be trained in performance and financial management and staff motivation and development.
  • Investigate the options for the efficient and economic delivery of support and back-office services and other economies of scale to provide best value for money.
  • Undertake fact finding visits to learn from good practice and successes in academy sponsorship. This research will include an investigation of efficient and effective ways of moving schools speedily through the academy process. The results will be disseminated to all involved within SET.
  • Establish working relations with local community groups, relevant partners and academic institutions.
  • Implement the SET and school improvement procedures and establish rigorous data monitoring systems and procedures.
  • Instigate preliminary marketing with potential parents and students and initial engagement with other stakeholders to develop awareness of what SET schools will bring.
  • Detailed Operational plans with SMART Targets and accountabilities will be submitted to the Board for approval in 2016/17 and annually thereafter.