School Improvement

Our School Improvement Vision

The Redhill Academy Trust is committed to working with colleagues across individual Trust academies to ensure capacity is built from within to deliver the best education to every student across the Trust.

Every school improvement activity is guided by its impact on outcomes for our students. We support our schools in their pursuit of excellence in all areas of leadership and teaching at every level. We operate clear systems of diagnosis and monitoring to identify where support is needed.

A highly skilled school improvement team is strategically deployed across our schools according to bespoke need. We are proud of our strong track record of providing effective support for schools in our Trust.

The Redhill Academy Trust School Improvement Team

Executive Team

The Executive Team set the vision and direction for all school improvement work across the Trust. They report to the Trust Executive Board.

Trust Strategic Directors

Redhill Academy Trust has appointed strategic leaders who work at whole Trust level to ensure all school improvement work is accurately identified and that meaningful actions are put in place.

The strategic directors focus on the impact these actions have on students across the Trust, and are responsible for ensuring consistency and the highest standards are developed and maintained.

Trust Subject Directors (Secondary)

Redhill Academy Trust has recruited the highest quality Faculty Leaders to lead the development of provision of their specialist subjects across the Trust. Their work is both strategic and practical.

The Trust Directors work with Faculty Leaders to ensure excellence in curriculum design, teaching and outcomes for students. The Trust Directors provide a bespoke service to individual Heads of Faculty, as well as leading Trust Support Groups.

Trust Lead Practitioners

Redhill Academy Trust Lead Practitioners are leaders in teaching and learning in their subject area.

To become a Lead Practitioner for the Trust, applicants have to pass a rigorous assessment procedure which focuses on the quality of their teaching and the impact they have with students over a sustained period of time.

The work of the Trust Lead Practitioners focuses on the development of the best teaching and learning at both their home school as well as being deployed to work with teachers at other Trust schools.

They contribute widely to the staff development work of Redhill College of Leadership & Development and also to the SCITT and NPQ work of Redhill Teaching Hub.

Redhill Leaders of Education (RLEs)

We currently have a wide range of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) across Redhill Trust schools. Following the demise of the national SLE designation process, from January 2022 our SLEs will undergo re-designation to become a Redhill Leader of Education (RLE).

This team will add critical capacity to the school improvement team, both within subject areas and across the wider areas of education including attendance, data, behaviour and timetabling.

This team is managed by Redhill College of Leadership & Development and we warmly welcome enquiries from schools outside the Trust if you would like support in any area we can offer expertise.

Evidence Leaders in Education (ELEs)

ELEs are a Research School designation. They receive training and updates from the Research School Network and Education Endowment Foundation and in turn are deployed to support schools through training and coaching.

Their purpose is to:

  • support individual and groups of schools through the provision of expertise- around implementation, evidence- and practitioner & local knowledge
  • bring, and demonstrably show, a diversity of experiences which add credibility and depth when communicating about evidence.

ELEs can provide support for schools beyond their own. Typically, this is based around a general understanding of evidence and evidence-informed school improvement, with specific areas of deep specialist knowledge. 

A full list of all ELEs in our region and the support they can offer schools can be found in the Derby Research School Directory of Expertise.

Redhill College of Leadership & Development

Our newly formed College of Leadership & Development provides an ambitious range of high-quality staff development opportunities. The College provides training for teachers as well as both support and operational staff across Redhill Academy Trust.

Redhill College of Leadership & Development welcomes enquiries from schools outside the Trust who are seeking to improve their CPD offer.

For further information, please visit the College website:

Redhill Teaching Hub

The Redhill Teaching Hub offers opportunities to train to be a teacher through its SCITT programme. It further offers an opportunity to study for a range of NPQs. 

For further information please visit the Hub website:

Redhill Academy Trust - Primary School Improvement 

The Redhill Academy Trust supports its Primary phase schools through its own specialist Trust Directors, working under the direction of Director of Primary Education, Julie Wardle.

 

School Improvement: Diagnostic, monitoring and support activities

Redhill Academy Trust School Improvement Services have developed a range of diagnostic, monitoring and support activities. These activities are in addition to usual Academy and Trust-wide QA processes and are widely utilised across Trust schools to provide rich information to support School Improvement Planning.

We welcome enquires from schools outside Redhill Academy Trust that feel these services would be of benefit.

For a discussion, please contact Carin Messent, Trust Director of School Improvement & QA through the Trust Office: TrustOffice@theredhillacademy.org.uk