At SNMAT we know that our core purpose is to promote excellence in all that our academies do, in order that children and young people get the best possible start to life. Our core values, such as responsibility, acceptance, truth and justice, are Christian. They are expressed both explicitly and implicitly in our Church of England academies:
- To ensure that all pupils succeed and thrive in school by raising aspirations and tackling disadvantage.
- To focus on the academic development of pupils with particular reference to English, maths and computing skills within a curriculum framework that also pays close attention to the personal development of pupils, their leadership and organisational skills, their understanding of citizenship, community involvement and forming a constructive relationship with the world of work.
- To develop pupil's abilities to make informed choices, solve problems and make decisions.
- To encourage a holistic approach to the development of pupils believing that each person is an individual made in the image of God and should therefore be supported to reach their full potential by receiving the very best education possible.
- To provide strong support for operational needs to enable head teachers and their staff to focus on teaching and learning.
SNMAT is an academy improvement vehicle, focusing on the best interests of young people and their communities. Our work is underpinned by the Church of England's core educational principles of Wisdom, Community, Dignity and Hope.
SNMAT offers partner academies safe anchorage from the storms that can rage through the education sector and distract from their core purpose. We offer support and challenge, collaboration and the opportunity to innovate. Our key ambition is that partner academies thrive and provide a world-class education for the young people that they serve.
The Academy Improvement team has two permanent members and a number of associates. The permanent members are the Academy Improvement Director (AID) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The associates are drawn from the wider educational sector:
- Ex-HMI and current Ofsted Inspectors
- Headteachers and senior colleagues within SNMAT
- Lead practitioners within SNMAT
At the centre of our academy improvement work are six distinct but connected workstreams.
- The prime workstreams (1,2,3 & 4) are provided for all partner academies.
- The development workstreams (5&6) are available to all partner academies on an optional basis.
- Annual programme of half-termly evaluative, diagnostic and responsive visits undertaken by the AID.
- Annual programme of half-termly bespoke visits undertaken by the CEO.
- TRIAD programme of total internal reflection between partner academies.
- Termly evaluative meetings with Governors.
- A development portfolio serviced by both internal and external parties.
- Focus hubs which build expertise and capacity in specific areas.