How the Learning Trust for Excellence can help youInspiring excellence and furthering opportunities for all is at the heart of the Learning Trust for Excellence.
Why a learning trust
Co-operative Trust Schools and Co-operative Academies are an increasingly popular alternative for schools to choose when they are looking at the future of their school. Schools that form a trust retain their independence but gain advantages from working as part of a wider collaboration. There are various forms of Co-operative Trust model:-
- A single school co-operative trust
- A cluster trust with several schools within the trust.
- Hybrid models involving academies and trusts
Essentially, a trust school is a maintained school supported by a charitable foundation (often called The Trust). The Trust appoints some of the governors. By involving partners in the Trust, the aim is to use their experience and expertise to strengthen the leadership and governance and to help raise standards.
Co-operative Schools place a high emphasis on schools, teachers and the community working together to provide the best environment they can for young people. The development of young people into active global citizens is at the core of our philosophy.
Having worked well together in the past, the LTE schools formally established the Trust with a view to inspiring excellence and furthering opportunity for all. By forming a Co-operative Trust, each school retained it’s individual autonomy and Governing Body whilst at the same time offering exciting opportunities for it’s pupils, staff and wider community. This was crucial for the schools as they considered their options in the political environment dominated by on-going educational reform. It has also provided the flexibility that has allowed other schools, of different types, to join us.
As a group of high achieving schools with experienced Head teachers, it was important to be proactive in responding to the landscape and retaining what is unique and special about each school. However the schools were highly motivated to learn from the strengths of each other, share excellent practice and work together, engaging partners to be the best they can be. The Co-operative model offers that opportunity.