Our Core Group
We are extremely proud of the high level of collaboration we have already achieved across SMART. This success is mainly due to outstanding governing bodies and school leadership teams who are unwaveringly focussed on the central vision of the MAT. The core group structure that was put in place right at the start of the MAT enabled us to fully utilise this wide base of expertise.
In November 2015, following a discussion involving numerous schools in the region, Dobwalls, Landulph, Liskeard, Looe, Saltash and Trewidland decided to join together to form SMART. Saltash.net and Landulph had, three years earlier, come together as a MAT and so offered to use this as the basis of the new SMART. The first stage on this journey was to invite three members from each of the schools to form a ‘Core Group’ together with members of the Trust Board of the existing MAT. The Core Group was, therefore, established as the temporary decision making body for the new MAT and we resolved that every decision had to go through this group. The three people representing each school included the Headteacher, the Chair of Governors and one further representative. In most cases, this further representative was the Vice Chair of Governors.
In order to work through all of the decisions necessary to bring all the schools together, the Core Group divided its work into six strands. Strand groups were then formed, each comprising a representative from each school and from the existing Trust Board. These strand groups had no formal decision making powers but rather, were able to make recommendations to the monthly Core Group meetings.
Now that SMART has successfully formed, we look forward to a new role for the Core Group which will meet termly as a central point for innovation and shared training as well as a way of ‘taking the pulse’ of the extended MAT and inviting new schools joining the MAT to become engaged in our outstanding community at the earliest stage.