Our Head Teacher Forum
Each half term, all of the Headteachers of the schools in the MAT come together at the Headteacher Forum. These meetings are chaired by the CEO and form the basis of all the collaborative school improvement projects going on across the MAT.
Even before the MAT had completely come together, this group were able to agree their shared vision and values and devise innovative forms of professional development in order to begin to make full use of the wide range of skilled teachers and support staff across the MAT.
The forum is currently working on developing common systems and synchronising the systems we already have in place whilst retaining the autonomy of each of the schools. Considerable effort is going into finding ways of sharing some of the amazing practice currently taking place across the MAT. As a first stage in the process, schools have formed subgroups that are meeting to support school improvement.
We have developed the concept of the ‘baseline solution’. In all areas of work, the baseline is the practice which is currently performing best and hence represents the model schools can either adopt or improve upon. We believe this will both, drive innovation and raise the bar in terms of expectation by continuously recalibrating our expectations of ‘best’ practice.
Dobwalls Community Primary School
At Dobwalls, we are passionate about ‘building powerful learners’. We are delighted that as part of SMART we will be joining a group of schools that share a similar ethos. The strong partnerships that have already been developed in joining SMART will continue to promote a broad range of learning opportunities and experiences that challenge, support and develop the personal talents, abilities and needs of all members of our school communities. This is an exciting time for children across South East Cornwall.
Tim Gray, Head Teacher
At Landulph, we have benefited hugely from being part of SMART and working closely with saltash.net. Staff and children working together has enhanced the opportunities for all. We are excited about the next chapter with more schools joining us and we are looking forward to working together to share expertise, learn from others and provide more opportunities for our children to share learning with each other.
Esther Best, Head Teacher
Liskeard School and Community College
At Liskeard, we believe in ‘achieving more together’. The ethos and culture we have is based on the view that we all benefit through co-operation and by supporting each other. The joining of SMART and forming a close partnership with other like-minded local schools, therefore, is the obvious and most natural thing to do. I am genuinely excited about the opportunities that being part of SMART will bring to the staff, the students and the wonderful community of Liskeard. The future looks bright.
Alex Lingard, Head Teacher
Looe Community Academy
We are leading the way in a changing educational landscape. I am delighted that the informal collaboration we have had for many years, which has benefited us all, is now being formed into a new multi academy trust, SMART. Working together will increase opportunities for our students and young people and improve professional development for staff. As a group, we are all driven by the moral purpose of preparing our learners to be the best they can be. This exciting development can only strengthen and support all our communities.
Heather Jenkins, Head Teacher
saltash.net community school
We have really enjoyed working in our multi-academy trust with Landulph Primary school over the last few years: students and staff have benefited immeasurably. It is now really exciting to be moving on to the next stage of this venture; joining forces with other local schools to enrich and strengthen the opportunities for even more children in South East Cornwall. Together we are stronger.
Kate Littledyke, Head Teacher
Trewidland Primary School
At Trewidland our mission is to ‘recognise the unique talents of our pupils and to inspire excellence across the curriculum’. Being part of SMART and developing a close working relationship with schools with similar aspirations for excellence will further enhance and enrich the wide range of exciting opportunities available for our pupils, staff and the wider community. I have no doubt that in being part of SMART we are at the forefront of something really special.
Vyvyan Lovell, Head Teacher