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Headteacher: Miss K Rochester
Summer Park MAT was founded in December 2017 and has the highest aspirations possible for all of its pupils, staff and community. Our vision is for all stakeholders to believe, achieve and reach for their dreams.
We are a charity who pride ourselves on our honesty, transparency, fairness and our ethical practices. We value our team, our community and move forward as one.
We understand the important of continually reflecting on our practices in order to make brave decisions and develop the whole child
We strive to provide the very best education by ensuring that all our academies work collaboratively and have high expectations in order to reach their full potential.
We promote independence, individuality as well as providing a range of opportunities for our pupils and staff to believe, teach and achieve their dreams.
Our core aim is to provide children with an excellent educational provision within a caring and supportive ethos. We believe that every child has the right to a high-quality education and the success of every child lies at the heart of what we do.
Executive Headteacher: Miss K Rochester
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What is a MAT?
A MAT is a Multi-Academy Trust. It is a legal entity that governs a group of schools through a single set of directors. It is set up by a group of schools, usually a local collaboration, that share a common ethos and vision.
Why are schools joining MATs both locally and nationally?
Across the country Local Education Authorities are being eroded in terms of size and power. The Government, both incumbent and alternative, has indicated that this is their preferred structure. Schools that have converted to Academy status can now procure Service Level Agreement support from within a competitive and open marketplace potentially offering both better quality and value for money.
Schools can use the strong collaboration and accountability afforded by the MAT to drive up standards and share best practice and services across the trust, replacing aspects of former local authority support.
Why would a single academy or a Local Authority school want to join a MAT?
There are a number of reasons why a single, stand-alone academy or LA school may want to join an existing MAT:
Do we need to get permission to convert to a MAT?
Yes. Existing academies or LA schools looking to amalgamate with other academies or set up a Multi Academy Trust will need to comply with Department for Education (DfE) guidance on making significant changes. The Trust can help and guide you through this process.
An existing academy trust or LA school will need to obtain the permission of the Secretary of State for Education via the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The EFA will usually want the academy trust to prepare a business plan which sets out:
Do we need to consult?
There is no requirement for the MAT or the single academy or LA school to consult generally with stakeholders. However, it is considered good practice for academy trusts to inform parents, staff and other key stakeholders about the proposals and give them the opportunity to respond.
Staff will need to be formally informed/consulted about the transfer of their employment under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (‘TUPE’).
Is there a set model for how a MAT has to operate?
No. There are rules regarding how a MAT is funded, but the way in which a MAT operates, its governance structure and vision/ethos are defined by the academy or academies that set up the MAT.
A MAT can invite people to join or be approached directly by a school, however it can also be asked by the DfE to take on schools in Special Measures (sponsor).
What will happen to our land and buildings?
This will be negotiated at time of transfer.
How is funding organised within the MAT?
Funding for schools within a MAT is allocated on an individual academy basis. It is governed through a master funding agreement between the Secretary of State and the MAT and supplemental agreements between the Secretary of State and each school within the MAT.
Previously the LA ‘top sliced’ centrally delivered funding to provide a raft of services such as payroll and admissions. Although a figure has never been officially revealed (and it differs between LAs) the suggestion is in the region of 20%.
The MAT can decide what % of funding to top slice in order to operate the MAT and provide desired support. This is negotiated and agreed before entry.
Schools that have converted to Academy status have found that generally they can procure the centralised services from the open market much cheaper than buying them back from the LA.
Will the school lose its financial independence and its ability to manage its own finances?
There would be a common financial procedures manual to be shared between schools, but each school will be expected to maintain their own books. However, there is likely to be some centralisation of finances where these make sense and result in possible economies of scale.
With regards to personnel, how is the MAT structured?
MAT’s are generally governed by one set of Members and Board of Directors who delegate certain responsibilities to individual LGBs and SLTs.
Will the governors’ role change when we become part of a MAT?
Yes. When the MAT was initially formed a board of members and trustees were appointed.
The existing governors of a maintained school became the local governors of the joining academy trust. They are local governors because the academy trust is responsible for running the school(s).
Will working with other schools mean lowering our own standards or possibly detracting resources from our own school?
Potential MATs have been selected due to the fact they all contain good or better schools. They have also been chosen as their overall academic results are at least good or better. Sharing expertise can only improve this further.
What changes will pupils and parents see?
There will be very little visible change as a direct result of forming the MAT. The Headteacher, staff, uniform, premises and curriculum will all continue to be very much the individual schools. The changes that we hope you’ll see will be a general continued improvement in the performance and running of the schools.
How will joining a MAT improve standards for our children?
This will enable us to utilise the expertise of staff from schools in a MAT to accelerate progress for our children. We will have access to a set of specialists which will operate over schools within a MAT, releasing staff to focus on developing wider opportunities and exciting experiences in a new and broad curriculum. This could be in middle and senior leadership, as well as with support staff. The talents of schools together become greater than the sum of their parts.
Will teachers work at different schools?
Generally, staff will remain in their own schools. Being part of a MAT will provide many professional development opportunities. Staff from schools who are part of a MAT will attend joint training, skills will be shared and good practice will spread between the schools. There will be some exchange of staff for training and professional development purposes.
How does the admissions process work for academies?
Academies within a MAT are required to comply with the Admissions and Admission Appeals Codes of Practice as if they were maintained schools. They must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than available places. They are also required to participate in Local Authority co-ordination of admissions processes and the Local Authority’s Fair Access Protocol.
What inspection regimes and assessment data information do academies have to provide?
All academies are inspected by Ofsted using the same framework and timescales as for maintained schools. As a MAT, all schools will continue to be inspected as separate schools. However, this is not to say that in the future that the MAT could be inspected to assess its overall performance.
Results are reported in performance tables in the same way as they are now, i.e. against the school where tests were conducted.
Do MAT schools have to follow the National Curriculum?
Academies within MATs are not required to teach the National Curriculum but rather a broad and balanced one that includes English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education and promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. The majority of schools within MATs continue to broadly follow the National Curriculum with little deviation.
We are always seeking individuals who have a passion for teaching and learning, whilst also adding value to our team.
All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.
Job Title: HR Advisor
Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 or M1 - M6, depending on experience.
Location: Summerhill Primary Academy, Upper Church Lane, Tipton, DY4 9PF.
Closing date for applications: November 17, 2019
Please use the following details to request an application or to enquire about specific roles.
T: 0121 522 2598 (ext. 316)