The cornerstone of how we teach and how our pupils excel is what we call assessment proficiency, an approach derived from our own work and the thinking of a number of education academics. This helps pupils develop the ability to understand what they have done well and what they now know, how the current learning links to previous learning, and what their next steps are. We see this as the smartest way to create highly engaged and increasingly independent learners. Supported by our child-centred pedagogy, these learning behaviours then underpin a detailed sequential curriculum model. Through the shared application of Trust-led strategies for foundation subjects, pathways for the progression of learning and quality frameworks, the Trust ensures a framework for excellence in learning that is reflected in every setting, in every class, consistently across all our schools.
Recruitment and Retention
Our success at the Trust depends on our ability to recruit and retain the right staff to work across all our schools. We invest in extensive continuous professional development (CPD) for all our teams – from newly qualified teachers and overseas-trained professionals to middle and senior leaders. As an accredited partner of the Institute of Education, all our continuous professional development, training and development programmes are accredited by the IoE, making a job at the Trust a proven way to develop as a professional while working in a dynamic setting. Through the Lion Academy Trust and the Lion Education Trust, we are able to offer a range of opportunities for staff to develop either as lead practitioners progressing through school leadership roles or as specialist subject leads.
Working with parents, carers and the community
The Trust commits to being accessible and accountable to our parents and carers and within our communities. All our school leaders are visible and present at the beginning and end of each school day. We focus on resolving issues at the point of being raised. We also operate an open-door policy where we welcome working with our local community to ensure each school remains vitally connected with the area that it serves. Every school in the Lion Academy Trust is non-denominational, co-educational and committed to contributing positively to its surrounding communities.
Working with other schools
The Lion Academy Trust is always keen to support other schools. We are currently developing the Lion Learning Pathways, for example, a new resource which brings together a series of progression of learning guides and customisable lesson plans so that any school can benefit from the sequential curricula we have developed across the Trust. We also welcome the possibility of growing by adding "good" and "outstanding" rated schools to the Trust. Working closely with regional schools commissioners, we are committed to joining up with schools which are mature, stable organisations and which share our high expectations and sense of urgency in ensuring that every child’s learning is delivered to the highest, consistent standards.
As a result of the high expectations of pupils’ behaviour, the school community runs smoothly. Pupils behave maturely without the need to be reminded or rewarded.
Ofsted - Barclay Primary School