Marches Academy Trust

About The Marches Academy Trust

We are a high achieving trust that is imaginative and creative in its approach to teaching and learning and we are intent on securing continued, sustained improvement.
‘Achievement through caring’ is our core belief at The Marches Academy Trust and it is central to all that we do. Our schools are forward-thinking, innovative and strive to ensure that young people make the very most of their learning adventure and are equipped with the skills required to prosper in the 21st century.  Below is some more information on the benefits of working for our Trust and what we offer our staff.  For more information on the Trust go to the Trust Website.

Our ethos
We believe: Successful, creative, lifelong learners participate in a journey of self-discovery. They know how to learn, acquire skills and feel safe to take risks with confidence and courage.

Why work for the Marches Academy Trust?
Talent spotting our future leaders.  Our Talent Pathway supports the professional development of staff within the Trust. We identify leadership talent and needs for future succession planning, ensuring relevant and practical leadership development opportunities for staff.   Our talent pathway programme provides a framework for the discussion of your leadership journey and the professional learning you can access along the way.

Talent Contract
The Talent Contract is a promise, a covenant between you and us that the Trust will do its very best to support and develop you professionally. It describes a variety of professional development opportunities and encourages you to identify and pursue your own training needs.

Leadership Programmes
As a member of staff you will have access to nationally recognised National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).  The Alliance of Leading Learning (part of the Marches Academy Trust) holds the licence to deliver these qualifications and we actively encourage our staff to complete an NPQ.

SLEs
We also seek from within our team colleagues who want to enhance their experiences outside school by becoming a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE). Providing you with the merit of being recognised as a national expert in your field.

Other benefits
A high-quality range of confidential medical and wellbeing benefits accessed completely free of charge.  Salary sacrifice benefit schemes (salary sacrifice enables staff to give up some of the cash value of their pay to receive other benefits which saves on tax and national insurance). The Trust currently runs salary sacrifice schemes for childcare vouchers, bikes, mobile phones, computers and car lease schemes. Discounted rates at local gyms and health clubs are also available

Middle Leaders’ Conference – March 2019

A fantastic turnout was had at the recent Alliance of Leading Learning Middle Leaders’ Conference, which took place on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March 2019. The two-day event was held at the impressive Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa, near Nantwich. The event saw a jam-packed schedule with delegates listening to a variety of presentations covering key topics under the theme ‘Together we are stronger’.

Middle leaders are the engine room of the school. They lead teams of teachers, helping to turn the senior leadership’s strategy into outstanding classroom practice on a daily basis. High-performing middle leaders drive consistent teacher quality in their areas of responsibility through curriculum leadership and data analysis which can help to identify pupil under-performance. Middle leaders play an important role in lesson observations, holding staff to account and developing staff. They also ensure consistency across the school by collaborating and challenging their fellow middle leaders, influencing whole school behaviours through sharing, coaching and mentoring.

The residential event gave delegates the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how The Alliance of Leading Learning invests in middle leaders and supports them through professional and future career development. As delegates congregated at the event from across the Marches Academy Trust, it gave attendees the chance to build positive working relationships with one another, an opportunity to take part in team building activities and discuss the sharing and modelling of good practice. Delegates also listened to presentations which discussed the importance of building consistency across the Trust.

The Alliance of Leading Learning are intent on utilising the exemplary professional learning they provide and investing it into leaders across the rapidly developing Multi Academy Trust. One of their aims is to instill the Trust’s core values and making sure that these remain consistent throughout all schools. The group also aims to invest in quality professional development which has been proven to drive success. The Alliance of Leading Learning has a clear focus to ensure that all staff across the Trust are committed to excellence, integrity, empathy, creativity and equality. By supporting our middle leaders in professional learning and helping them to acquire additional skills they have the confidence to drive our schools forward.

The conference gave delegates a quality experience and the time to focus solely on their leadership learning without the distractions of their day-to-day role. It is hoped that the experience provided Marches Academy Trust staff with the chance to network with colleagues, allowing them to really make an impact upon return to school to drive success.