Through the Trust's clusters, the TSA ensures that all schools in the Trust have the appropriate support to drive their improvement and hence drive up pupil outcomes.
Improvement Cluster Leads
Improvement Cluster Leads (experienced principals charged with system wide leadership across the Trusts network of schools) act on behalf of the TSA to identify need and deploy expert practitioners and resource. This has been intensive and wide ranging, including NLE, LLE, and equivalent, deployment to support leadership development, (including Principals, SLTs, Middle leaders).
Specialist Leaders of Education and Leading Practitioners have also been deployed to support specific schools and teachers to develop quality of teaching. Additionally, specialist practitioners have been deployed to develop key areas such as EYFS, SEND and Behaviour.
This support is agreed for all schools in the network by the ICL for that patch and brokered through the teaching school using the trust’s knowledge of the expertise on the ground in schools.
National Leader of Education
Leah Charlesworth gained NLE status for her work in transforming Wold primary Academy – a former Special Measures school that Ofsted now deems to be Outstanding (June 2015). Leah coordinates the Teaching School’s work by submitting bids to the school support fund and quality assuring the support package given to each school.
Specialist Leaders in Education
The aim of the TSA is to ensure that the Trust has a strong team of SLEs who are regularly deployed in school. These will be the individuals who will take forwards much of the school-to-school support.
The TSA currently has 26 colleagues operating within the David Ross Education Trust, all of whom are designated SLEs. These are a mix of high quality senior leaders, middle leaders, and classroom practitioners who have demonstrated the skills required to support improvement in the Trust’s primary and secondary academies. All of our SLE’s work in their specialist areas, which include: English, Mathematics, Phonics, History, Art, Design Technology, ICT, Religious Education, and Geography. In addition, our SLE’s are highly capable at CPD, EYFS, SEN, Assesment, Attendance and Safeguarding.
The ICLs will, in partnership with Principals, decide where these SLEs can best be deployed to deliver the improvements required by the Trust.