Autumn 2019

Joining with or merging academy trusts – supporting the Trust Capacity Fund (with Stone King LLP)

There is increasing appetite in the sector for trusts to consider joining another trust or merging in order to create a group that is educationally and financially sustainable.

Media – PR – and Crisis Comms for School Leaders (PLMR)

This session led by a former journalist and Government media adviser shares essential practical information needed to promote schools and handle the kinds of crises that affect those in the education sector. Learn how to tell your story, and how journalists open up news angles and the narratives they want to tell. It will be an interactive session that will provide advice on the importance of story-telling, will set out the golden rules of handling tough media interviews, and how to stick to your key messages.

Breakpoints in growth and scaling up – supporting the Trust Capacity Fund

Breakpoints on are non-incremental points of growth, where a trust cannot continue to operate the way that it always have. Typically, a new mind-set, different operational capacity, consideration of centralising functions and a review of governance all become necessary.
If your trust is eligible for the Trust Capacity Fund and intends to grow, you will need to think carefully about breakpoints and, if another trust is joining your trust, how to scale.

Spring 2020

Building your Board

Recent government attention on the competencies of individual board members has lacked a genuine focus on the Trust Board as a corporate entity.

While the competence of individual trustees is important, the overall competence of the Board is crucial to improving outcomes for children and young people. Facilitated by Emma Perkin, The Constant Group (on behalf of CST).

SMART Curriculum – supporting integrated curriculum financial planning (with CJ Learning)

This masterclass is brought to you by CST and CJ Learning. The masterclass will begin with an overview of the importance of curriculum delivered by CST’s Chief Executive, Leora Cruddas. CJ Learning’s Chief Executive, Chris Jones, will then explore the size of the curriculum needed to deliver a good curriculum with breadth and balance. The masterclass looks at integrated curriculum planning through a different lens. Instead of ‘efficiencies and savings,’ our focus is on investment in the education of our young people within a system that puts the funding where it is needed to the best effect.
Our masterclass focuses on the strategic use of resources and will help participants know how to identify funding that can be invested in additional or alternative activity to improve the substance of education.

The ‘Trust Dividend’ – trust-wide evaluation and preparing for Ofsted’s summary evaluation

The ‘trust dividend’ is the reward or added-value that individual schools receive by being part of the trust. Sir David Carter says: “The Trust Dividend is the aggregate impact of the formal collaboration that the trust leads across the schools who make up the whole – the sum of the parts in effect.”

Sir David Carter, Executive Director of System Leadership at Ambition Institute and Andrew Read CEO of DEMAT will be delivering a session at this masterclass.

This masterclass explores the concept of the Trust Dividend. Specifically, the masterclass explores methods of self-evaluation and will help participants to prepare for Ofsted’s summary evaluation. Summary evaluations are when inspectors evaluate the quality of education provided by a Trust and Trust Leaders’ contributions to this, drawing on previous inspections of individual schools within the Trust well as mechanisms for monitoring the effectiveness of their individual schools.