Origins of the CECET concept (1) Academies Act 2010: “the most radical education legislation since 1870”. Memorandum of Understanding between DfE & National Society – presumption of diocesan sponsorship. Church Schools of the Future Review (March 2012) challenged DBEs to develop new partnerships and ways of working “to ensure that they are properly resourced and able to meet the challenges of the academy programme and of their responsibilities for school improvement”.
Origins of the CECET concept (2) Dioceses of Birmingham and Lichfield are academy sponsors. Learning from each other, building capacity and sharing good practice. The opportunity to fashion something new and of enduring value for CE schools in the 21 st Century. The involvement of a major HE institution would be critical to delivering our strategic aspirations. DfE support for “Umbrella Trust Plus” concept. CECET was legally constituted on 14 th March 2014.
CECET Directors & Staff Directors Revd Peter French, Assistant DDE, Birmingham Sir Geoff Hampton, University of Wolverhampton Colin Hopkins, DDE, Lichfield Revd Jackie Hughes, DDE, Birmingham Jane Nelson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton Ava Packer, Executive Headteacher, St Mary’s CE Primary Academy, Handsworth, Birmingham Pat Walters, Headteacher, Holte Visual & Performing Arts College, Birmingham Andrew Warren, Director, Britannia Teaching Schools Alliance (Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy, Stoke on Trent) Staff Sue Wedgwood, Head of School Performance Sue Blackmore, Executive Officer
The DfE Perspective Mr Colin Diamond (Deputy Director, Academies Group)
CECET - USPs The first Trust of its kind in the UK. Our Christian commitment to serving our communities and growing the Kingdom through our schools. Mixed economy – facilitating local opportunities and solutions. Developing meaningful networks. Encouraging Good and Outstanding schools who have the capacity, expertise and moral purpose to support others.
Vision and Values of CECET A Christian approach to education that nurtures the whole person including spiritual welfare. A commitment to continuous improvement for the benefit of all. School to school support; and collaborative networks. A focus on professional development for staff. AFFIRMING and facilitating schools and academies within their own communities; not a “top-down” approach. Partnership – schools/academies; parishes; LAs; DfE; &c. Every school should be at least a “Good” school.
Constitution and Purposes of CECET CECET has been constituted out of Lichfield Diocesan Academies Trust (Umbrella Trust) by adding the Diocese of Birmingham and Wolverhampton University as members. CECET’s purposes are threefold: (i) to secure high standards; (ii) to provide a strong framework for school improvement and professional development ; and (iii) to facilitate the expansion of academies.
Academies CECET will become a member of every Single Academy Trust (SAT) or Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in the Diocese of Lichfield where a CE school is involved. “Mixed Mode” MATs are permissible. Local partnerships and synergies. We will encourage the establishment of either SATs (where a school has capacity to do this) or MATs in discrete geographical areas.
Academies – Challenge & Support “Raising Achievement Board” (RAB). Regular meetings with academy principals and chairs to discuss progress; identify needs; and offer support. The aim is proactively to facilitate success.
CECET – Wider Educational Aims Growing a network of high performing schools and academies. Devising a Professional Development Framework to support teachers throughout their careers, including a “Growing Church School Leaders for the Future” Programme. Developing a programme to support outstanding governance. Establishing: a supply chain of quality-assured education providers. a group of Diocesan Improvement Advisers. Offering events and activities to share good practice. Promoting and celebrating our USPs as Church of England schools.
CECET – Role of the University Accredited CPD Programmes for staff from NQT to Senior Leadership. Ability to access the resources of the University’s Institute of Education and Education Central. Individual subject support or whole school. Teacher Training – Schools Direct. Research.
CECET – Funding CECET will not establish a large central infrastructure. Contribution from academies either through a management or subscription fee. Training courses etc will be paid for direct by schools/academies (small administration fee).
The Strength of Partnerships in the Future Katy Kent, Headteacher, St Bartholomew's CE (C) Primary School, Penn, Wolverhampton
Discussions and Response Schools’ Role in CECET Feedback and Questions
Next Steps – “Roadshows” 2 nd April 2014 (3pm till 5 pm) Uttoxeter Race Course, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter, ST14 8BD 9 th April 2014 (3pm till 5 pm) The Mount Hotel & Conference Centre, Mount Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 8HL 30 th April 2014 (3pm till 5 pm) Best Western Plus Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel, Etruria Hall, Festival Way, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5BQ 15 th May 2014 (3pm till 5 pm) Shrewsbury Conference Centre, Mytten Oak Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 8XQ
Next Steps Please consider:- Your school's strengths and opportunities for local collaboration/partnerships. What strength you could contribute to the CPD agenda. Whether you have the capacity to become a Teaching School. How you would like to be part of building CECET’s success.
For any further questions you may have please do not hesitate to get in touch. Colin Hopkins Director of Education Diocese of Lichfield