The education landscape has altered almost unrecognisably. Federations, academies, free schools have all appeared (sometimes, it seems, from out of nowhere!) and it can be hard to keep up. Schools and groups of schools have greater freedoms but also more accountability.
We operate in a competitive environment where we are preparing children to compete locally, nationally and also internationally. We know that budgets will be tighter and educational expectations will be higher. Put simply, we have to achieve more with fewer resources.
The evidence from the first few years of our federation has shown that by working with other schools, we are able to benefit from greater purchasing power and also use the best ideas to raise standards: there has been a rise in standards in both schools since the federation was formed 2012. Each school is unique, and must be accountable to their local community making effective use of public funds. In a climate of change, we must retain a strong ethos and sense of purpose while nourishing a truly collaborative spirit.
These rapidly developing times, with all the technical and cultural challenges we come across, offer our children (and staff) both exciting opportunities and, at times, striking challenges.
We are in a good position to face these challenges with energy and optimism. The governors have a strong track record of making the right changes to improve outcomes. We are a strong federation with an outstanding and a good school.
We now lead our own Teaching School, the first in Manchester LEA and we have staff with the talent, expertise, and commitment to continue to succeed. Our teaching school alliance, Manchester TSA, is building on the unique strengths of each partner to deliver high quality training and professional development for teachers and leaders. We are an organisation that is open to change for the good of our children, not one that merely reacts passively to political, social and economic change.
Throughout this process we promise to be agile, flexible and adaptable. We will value our rich history and particular character but also look to and learn from the most effective within the UK and across the world.
As we plan for the introduction of the new National Curriculum we continue to focus on developing the whole child, presenting them with a broad and balanced curriculum, knowledge, skills and range of experiences.
We know that from evidence that success in life does not only depend on academic achievement. We want all our children to have a rewarding and enriching experience with us, and to leave us equipped to succeed in whatever they want to do.
The changing lives vision
We would like all our children, irrespective of background or special need, to be prepared for success in their future lives.
We will achieve this by nurturing and developing their achievement, their experiences and their skills.
Our schools will be consistently above the national average for attainment and progress and in the top 5% for all schools. We will enable all children to achieve their academic potential irrespective of their background or special need. There will be no ceiling on a child's ambition as we will develop the academic skills of our most able children and build a culture where being smart is cool.
We will provide all children with experiences that are normally only achievable for affluent children. All children will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language, play a musical instrument, participate in high quality sport, visit places of local and national interest and become proficient in the use of technology.
Our children will leave primary school with the skills to succeed in life. We want our children to have resilience and determination. They will be confident and articulate thinkers, self-motivated, compassionate and active. To achieve this they need to be self aware, independent, able to make good decisions and able to manage relationships.
Anchored in values, driven by purpose
In times of change values are even more important. We must provide public value and be accountable and responsive to our local communities.
We are educating children in Manchester, a diverse city with a history of innovation. Our children will have to compete globally, in an ever changing world. The schools in our federation and those in our teaching school alliance are in many ways similar but also have their own unique character. We do not want to create schools that are identical, but rather places where leaders are able to use their creativity and prepare our children for success in life.
As a quickly changing, evolving and growing group of schools, we need to be sure that we have a strong set of values to anchor our actions. These values guide us all – leaders, teachers, all staff and everyone working with the school – and drive home the strong ethos of the schools.
Our values are-
Trust - keeping our promises
Caring- listening to children, staff and parents
Respect - treating individuals with dignity
Fairness - treating people justly and equitably
Courage - taking accountability for results, being up front about mistakes and taking considered risks
Our goals explain what we will do to implement our vision.
We have devised these to help us achieve our aim to change children’s lives for the better. We don’t want a great long list of confusing goals. We think that by keeping it simple and focusing on what we do for the children, the staff and the world beyond the school, we will be in the best position to make the biggest difference.
GOAL 1 - We will ignite learning and develop good citizens
GOAL 2 - We will develop excellent teachers and grow great leaders
GOAL 3 - We will provide public value