We want to create the very best possible working conditions for our staff, recognising that secure, confident and well valued staff are likely to perform far better than staff who are given insufficient respect and attention. We will welcome and encourage trade union and professional representation in partner schools/academies and will meet regularly with union representatives to ensure that their voice is heard and heeded.
We are firmly committed to the continuing professional development of teaching and support staff and have earned an excellent reputation for our work, providing work placements and training opportunities for a wide range of colleagues from education and social work, from ITT, School Direct and NQT to the most experienced colleagues who still have much to offer the profession. An effective academy will be a reflective and learning environment and as such, we aim to promote the continuing learning and development of our staff.
We have no ulterior motives in sponsoring partner schools, no empire-building ambition, we simply want to make the maximum contribution possible to an education system that has enhanced our lives so much. We will strive to return full autonomy to our partner schools as soon as they are providing sustained high quality education for youngsters in their care, believing that schools should belong to the local communities which they serve. We regard the sponsorship process as a vehicle for school improvement, not take-over, and will use our considerable expertise to speed up the process. We will demand the very best from ourselves, our staff and our students, for whom we will hold the highest expectations, we will work tirelessly with all stakeholders to ensure that our partner schools are amongst the very best in the country, whose pupils and students leave with excellent self-discipline, confidence and values, well qualified and well equipped to make a really positive contribution to society, and keen like us to put something back into the system, committed to making the world a better place for their presence in it.