Children are at the heart of all we do

We believe that every decision should be taken in the best interests of children.

Why is this important?

Whilst we have already achieved many successes, we are not complacent and will always seek to improve our performance, adapting to the changes and challenges we encounter.

Our vision is for every child to flourish, to be introduced to the richness of human experience, and to understand and question the world around them. We will always have high expectations and we will always seek to exhaust all possible solutions to support children.

There are always some groups of children , most often those who are vulnerable or who are disadvantaged, but not precluding the highest-attaining, who require us to do more. We will best support these children by having the best curriculum, taught by well-trained professionals, with very high expectations and systems to ensure that we maximise the achievement of every child.

Life-chances and life-choices are assured by equitable access to a rich curriculum that forms part of our DEMAT entitlement for all children within our Trust. We recognise the value of a rounded, holistic education, built upon an aspirational curriculum underpinned by our Christian distinctiveness.

How shall we achieve this?

1.1 Rich curriculum

1.2 Quality in the classroom

1.3 Supporting children

1.4 Raising standards

All children are entitled to and shall receive a broad and balanced curriculum where they will secure a solid foundation in knowledge and understanding of the world and the vocabulary with which to describe it.

We shall work across our schools to enhance our existing curriculum; our curriculum will ignite a love of learning and will rely on our leaders’ ability to promote excellence, explore spirituality, cultivate challenge and encourage all to embrace the struggle and joy inherent in learning. Learning must never be too easy or its rewards lose value and its comprehension lacks permanence.

All DEMAT schools will enhance their English and mathematics provision to ensure that all children have this core knowledge which enables them to access the joys of our curriculum. This curriculum will be: academic, well-sequenced, designed by subject-specialists and delivered by well-trained teachers.

Raising achievement rests on what happens in the classroom. Teaching is key to delivering this strategy, led by a carefully crafted curriculum. To this end we shall promote and share excellence through the development of subject communities and through the sharing of evidence of effective pedagogy, whilst addressing any unacceptable variability, because all DEMAT children must receive the highest quality of education.

Our continued strong leadership of teaching and learning is a key factor in our success or otherwise. Trust-wide improvement requires that our leaders can accurately recognise any deficits and effectively gauge how to resolve them.

Teachers will have freedom to be excellent, providing regular effective feedback that enables students to recognise what they can do, what they can’t yet do and how they must improve.

We are fully inclusive and welcome all children.

To build further on this already strong provision we shall establish a DEMAT Inclusion Network which will include a wide range of additional support such as Educational Psychologists, Speech & Language Therapists, Mental Health Practitioners, and alternative provision.

We shall continue to develop our expertise and the monitoring and intervention of all groups of students, and specifically for our most vulnerable students.

Continuing the improvement of performance and pupil outcomes in all year groups will remain our most important measure in assuring that, academically, our children are ready to access the secondary curriculum in our neighbouring schools.

We shall ensure that we offer not only the highest levels of pedagogy in reading, writing and mathematics but also the highest standards in the broader curriculum, as we know this is hugely important in developing cultural and personal capital in our pupils.

We shall increase capacity across the Trust to support Headteachers in driving further improvements within their schools.

We shall work closely with both Diocesan and community schools within our localities to raise standards through collaboration.