Following a recent Ofsted visit where 6 of our schools were inspected, we are very pleased that our strong governance has been acknowledged. Below are some key points highlighted in the report, specifically related to our recruitment.
“Within a landscape of national and local challenges in teacher recruitment, retention and supply, you have entrenched the mantra of ‘growing your own’ teaching teams. Vacant posts are offered not just as jobs, but as career development opportunities. There are currently very few gaps across the Trust’s workforce.”
“The Trust offers an extensive range of professional development opportunities using expertise from within, for example through subject ambassadors, and also from external partners, including the local authority. Sessions cover the needs and interests of all staff teams, including non-teaching staff.”
“Acknowledging the challenges in recruiting and retaining a high-quality workforce, together with other senior leaders, you have established the foundations for becoming an ‘employer of choice’. Examples of actions taken include career development plans which enhance job opportunities, ‘growing your own’ and improving links with teacher training providers. These actions are paving the way for continuing success in this aspect of the Trust’s work. A new initiative, working with another MAT, aims to introduce the teaching apprenticeship scheme to develop suitably qualified teaching assistants into a full teaching role.”