Tame River Educational Trust [TRET]

TRET Consultation

The consultation will run from 22nd February until 2nd April 2021. Any responses to the consultation should be directed by email to TRET@alderchs.uk  

 

About

We are in the process of applying to form a Multi-Academy Trust (September 2021) of four secondary schools serving four of the communities of Tameside and over 3800 children and young people. Our Academies are partnered currently with eleven local primary schools and we intend to grow this model.

Subject to initial approval this process will soon include statutory consultation with parents and staff and internal consultation with our many children and young people.

Our mission – if the consultation proves to be positive - is to lead educational excellence in a family of great schools in which to learn, teach and belong. Ours are or are to be high performing Academies which maximise student achievement, develop character, value diversity and promote tolerance. We will ensure that Trust students have high aspirations, realised through our collective endeavour. students learn together in happy and orderly communities across the towns.

For further details of the process, please read our update, at the bottom of this page.*

 

Our Mission

Our Trust will host a family of great community-based schools in which to learn, teach and belong.

 

Our Core Educational Purposes

  1. Our Trust will become known for imbuing in our learners positive character traits and enquiring minds and for the talent and professionalism of our staff.
  2. Through a cycle of creative self and peer improvement, any school with us for three years or more will be in the top 25% of similar schools nationally for the academic progress of its learners.
  3. Students in our Trust will receive a distinctive trust-wide community and educational dividend (in the arts, sport and sciences, where significant additional opportunities will be made available to them in one or more of these disciplines).

 

Get Set for TRET

This is a very exciting time for the development of schools in Tameside.  Our proposed Multi-Academy Trust is in the process of development for a September 2021 launch.  As part of that process there will be a full consultation with students, parents and staff, where all will have the opportunity to help forge a strong Trust identify, consider the benefits for our schools and communities of working and sharing together and assuage any concerns that my arise in the meantime.  Please read later updates on our planning and statutory consultation (February 22nd to April 2nd 2021). 

 

Leadership

In our Trust each school’s Headteacher will be empowered to lead her/his school to improve the life-chances of the students in her or his charge, supported by a Trust Executive Headteacher (who will also lead one of the schools) and a Chief Executive Officer that will lead improvement, innovation and educational impact.  Between them, they will maintain and further enrich the distinctive place of each school in the heart of its community but align in key educational and leadership areas where the schools will be stronger together.

 

Governance

There will be three levels of governance, accountable not only to the Department for Education but for the schools and communities they serve. They will hold the CEO and Headteachers to account and ensure that the Trust operates as a charity and a limited company should do.  

The members will meet twice a year.  They will set the overall purpose, ethos and strategic direction of the Trust, making key appointments to ensure each of these is upheld.  The Trust will not be able to expand without their approval.

The Trust Board will be made up of committed and values-driven volunteers with considerable leadership, educational and business expertise, and will meet four times per year.  It will form the board of directors of the charity, over-seeing the day-to-day running of the Trust.  The board will be assisted by two committees:  the Audit Committee (which will check that the Trust complies with all relevant legal obligations and regulations, both operationally and financially) and the Talent and Human Resources Committee (which will work with schools to recruit, train, develop and retain the very best teachers, support staff and leaders).

Local Governing Bodies will meet around six times a year, and will study the performance of each school in detail, holding the Headteachers to account for the performance and culture of their school.  They will make recommendations to the Trust Board as appropriate.

The Trust scheme of delegation and register of interests will be available in our Trust ‘on-line’ library, if consultation and RSC approval should follow.   There will be a very clear and rigorous Governor Code of Conduct, again available in our library.

 

Trust update

Our Multi-Academy Trust planning and consultation: September 2021 opening

These are very exciting times as we move closer to the launch of our Tame River Educational Trust and this is the first update of this calendar year on the planning taking place between Alder Community High School, Droylsden Academy, Hyde High School and Mossley Hollins High School to co-construct our Educational Trust.  As you will be aware, our aim is to launch in September 2021 and this ambition remains on track. Regular meetings involving the Headteachers and Chairs of Governors are taking place and many of these meetings include the DfE Project Lead, the Local Authority and our solicitor.

As you know, Alder Community High School intends to transfer to a sponsored Multi-Academy Trust.  We have long ago agreed our mission and core educational purposes and these sit perfectly with our current school values and priorities. 

Let’s remind ourselves of this mission and purpose:

In the Tame River Educational Trust our family of community-based schools will share the same mission and educational purposes, promoted and supported by our Sponsor, Tameside College/Clarendon 6th Form.

 

Our Mission:

Our Trust will host a family of great community-based schools in which to learn, teach and belong;

 

Our Core Educational Purposes

Our Trust will become known for imbuing in our learners positive character traits and enquiring minds and for the talent and professionalism of our staff;

Through a cycle of creative self and peer improvement, any school with us for three years or more will be in the top 25% of similar schools nationally for the academic progress of its learners;

Students in our Trust will receive a distinctive Trust-wide Community and Educational Dividend (in the arts, sport and sciences, where significant additional opportunities will be made available to them in one or more of these disciplines).

These are ambitious.  But they are not mere aspirations on a bit of paper.  We aim to be there, together, with the support of all staff, students, parents and the community, in 3 years from the launch date, at the latest.  Regardless of socio-economic context or history, each school will be committed to the above, as will be any new school joining us in the future.  We will be stronger together.  Each school will make its own distinctive, autonomous contribution to its community, but we will align around best practice and school improvement strategies and actions wherever they bring the most benefit.

 

A number of Guilds (Trust-wide, cross-cutting teams) have formed to allow expertise from the four co-founding schools to drive key priorities.  This is incredibly exciting work.  We are represented at the already well-established Teaching Guild and are forming a Student Character Development Guild.  It is testament to the strong character development work already taking place that this work will become a cornerstone of our ambition for our young learners in our new Trust.  

 

From April there will be Subject Guilds in English, mathematics and science (with more to follow later) all with clear Terms of Reference, where leaders in these subjects across the four schools share and improve together, for the sake of learners in those subjects.   Work on governance and shared ambition continues at pace.  The Heads and Chairs already meet from all 4 schools and have done so for over 18 months and there is a Tame River Heads’ Guild and Business Managers’ Guild in place.  The designate Members Group and Board of Trustees are already in place, ready, and have met and shared their ambition as key, well-experienced and knowledgeable volunteers.  Joint HR work is also underway, currently.  There have been a number of presentations and discussions at senior leadership level in all four schools on the new Educational Trust and on the Tame River Teacher Gold Standard.  We can provide more information on this Standard and the impact it will have on the quality of teaching over time, in a future update.

 

As part of this work, processes are underway to allow a Business Manager from a different school to undertake due diligence of a range of finance, student level and staffing data on one of the four schools.   Stage 2, which will begin later this month with Drew Duncan (Executive Headteacher at Droylsden Academy and Mossley Hollins High School) visiting Alder to look at leadership, education, legal, land and buildings and finance at our school.

 

Formal statutory consultation with staff, parents, students and key partners will begin shortly in each school. The statutory element of the consultation will cover 6 weeks from the 22nd February to the 2nd April (it would have happened sooner, but for lockdown) so that we can all understand the process and ask questions,  and more details will be shared in due course. The consultation will allow all participants to ask questions and share views.

 

The Council Leader, Local Authority, Regional Schools’ Commission, Department for Education, Governing Bodies and Headteachers have approved and are helping to finalise planning and preparations in our co-constructed Educational Trust.

 

So, this is an exciting time. I, for one, am looking forward to the benefits that being part of a strong family of schools will bring … we really will be stronger together.

 

In the Tame River Educational Trust [TRET] our family of community-based schools share the same educational purposes, promoted and supported by each school and our sponsor.  Please see the top of this page for details.

 

We will present more information on our progress and work together as it becomes available. We are determined that our Trust will be distinctive and special, protecting the autonomy and rich distinctiveness of each school and community in fundamental respects but aligning through our jointly constructed and fully agreed Scheme of Delegation on common practices in other key areas where this is seen as best practice. Should the application and consultation prove successful, there will be a rich Trust offer for students in terms of learning, achievement, character, personal development and wider curricular opportunities and for our staff in a bespoke training and development programme from initial teacher trainee to expert teacher and from teacher and support staff member to leader and manager.

 

We will keep you posted. We would encourage you to chat to us about anything at all in relation to our plans, in the meantime, even before any statutory consultation with you begins.  Should we be given approval to move to formal consultation we will share anything that is required by our students, staff, parents and partners.  Please watch this space.

 

TRET Library

Below is the TRET Library, where all important papers, including any consultation forms, will be stored as they become available.

Tame River Educational Trust [TRET] Library

 

 

        

In the Tame River Educational Trust [TRET] our family of community-based schools share the same educational purposes, promoted and supported by each school and our sponsor.  Please see the top of this page for details.

We will present more information on our progress and work together as it becomes available. We are determined that our Trust will be distinctive and special, protecting the autonomy and rich distinctiveness of each school and community in fundamental respects but aligning through our jointly constructed and fully agreed Scheme of Delegation on common practices in other key areas where this is seen as best practice. Should the application and consultation prove successful, there will be a rich Trust offer for students in terms of learning, achievement, character, personal development and wider curricular opportunities and for our staff in a bespoke training and development programme from initial teacher trainee to expert teacher and from teacher and support staff member to leader and manager.

 

We will keep you posted. We would encourage you to chat to us about anything at all in relation to our plans, in the meantime, even before any statutory consultation with you begins.  Should we be given approval to move to formal consultation we will share anything that is required by our students, staff, parents and partners.  Please watch this space.

     

 

                      

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