OUR VISION AND STRATEGIC PLAN

It’s almost three years since the Xavier Catholic Education Trust was founded and everyone continues to work hard to achieve the plans laid out and agreed by the the Directors, the Headteachers and the Chairs of Governors.  We are determined not to sit on our laurels and the journey carries on as we ‘Strive for Excellence’.

  • Every child will receive an excellent education
  • We will recruit, develop and retain the best people
  • We will support out schools by providing exceptional central services
  • Our Catholicity is at the core of everything we do
  • We are financially robust and provide value for money
  • We will maintain high levels of service whilst expanding

1- Every child will receive an excellent education

   

What will we do?

 

What will success look like?

 

Who will monitor it?

 

 

1.

 

 

We will monitor standards in our schools every term to ensure results improve each year

a.        More of our schools in top 10% nationally

b.        All schools have positive value added in every measure

c.        Every measure is in top 50% in Surrey and nationally in all schools

d.        The gap between disadvantaged children and others is less than national figures in every school

e.        Top of the MAT league tables

 

 

Risk and audit committee

 

2.

 

Our plans will ensure every child receives a broad and balanced curriculum

a.        Teaching and learning reviews identify no curriculum gaps

b.        Strong leadership for every subject across the MAT

c.        Feedback indicates an engaging curriculum

 

Risk and audit committee

 

3.

 

We will ensure every child has opportunities for extra- curricular activities and trips

a.       All children involved in school outside the formal curriculum

b.       All schools provide a ranges of clubs and trips

 

Risk and audit committee

 

 

4.

 

 

We will carry out annual teaching and learning reviews of all schools

a.        Any teachers requiring support have a bespoke training plan

b.        Excellent teachers are identified and utilised

c.        All INSET and training is planned to address needs identified

 

Risk and audit committee

 

 

 

 

5.

 

 

 

We will share the excellent practice that exists in our schools

a.        All primary teachers visit another school to see an open lesson

b.        All primary teachers will see excellence in their year group team in another school

c.        All teachers have access to on line resources and lesson plans

d.        The teaching and learning website is widely used to support pedagogy

e.        Departments in secondary schools share resources and work together sharing best practice

 

Risk and audit committee

 

6.

 

We will share Target Tracker data termly

a.        All schools benchmark  and share ideas and practices

b.        All underperformance is tackled termly

c.        None of our schools or groups of children are left behind

 

Risk and audit committee

 

 

7.

 

We will set aspirational targets for all staff re pupil progress

a.        Headteacher reviews note improvement in pupil progress (for all schools not in top 10%)

b.        Pupil progress is linked to pay progression for all staff

c.        The gap between the highest and lowest performing schools reduces each year

 

Risk and audit committee

 

 

8.

 

We will ensure there are robust self-evaluation procedures in all our schools

a.        All schools have a clear picture of their strengths and weaknesses and have taken steps to address them

b.        LGC know their schools and are actively involved in school improvement

 

Board meeting

 

9.

 

We will raise aspirations of all schools not yet in top 10% in Surrey or nationally

a.        All schools aware that joining Xavier means striving for excellence

b.        Schools in Xavier understand that” good isn’t good enough”

 

Board meeting

 

10.

 

We will develop a first class communications program

a.        Feedback  about  Xavier is universally positive

b.        Feedback indicates the website is useful and well used

c.        More applications for jobs

d.        More trainees on teach south east

 

HR committee

 

11.

 

We will conduct research annually to obtain feedback on our performance

a.        All groups of stakeholders support Xavier

b.        Results from Surveys indicate stakeholders are positive about the performance of the MAT

 

Board meeting

 

12.

 

We will provide support for the mental health and wellbeing of children and adults in the MAT

a.       All children and adults feel supported

b.       Everyone is more knowledgeable and has a range of strategies to help cope

 

HR committee

 

13.

 

We will provide every child with equal opportunities regardless of their sex, nationality, colour or religion

 

a.       Every child is given the same access to all our educational provision

b.       We celebrate the diverse community we serve

 

Board meeting

 

2 – We will recruit, develop and retain the best people

 

   

What will we do?

 

What will success look like?

 

Who will monitor it?

 

 

14.

 

We will develop a proactive recruitment campaign for all our schools ensuring equality of opportunity to everyone

a.         We have a high quality recruitment pack

b.        All schools use the HR portal for recruitment

c.        All our schools are fully staffed

d.        Xavier has a reputation as a good employer

 

 

HR committee

 

 

15.

 

We will ensure all staff are part of the Xavier annual appraisal process

 

a.        Staff  are given positive feedback and feel valued

b.        Development needs are identified for all staff

c.        staff are set realistically aspirational targets

 

 

HR committee

 

16.

Every member of staff will be developed in their role each year a.     Staff   articulate   in   their   appraisal   the support  and development they have received has helped their work  

HR committee

 

 

17.

 

We will provide a comprehensive range of free leadership programmes from NQT to headship

a.       succession plan for leaders in our schools

b.       the next cadre of leaders are identified and developed

c.        retain potential leaders

d.       All schools participate in the leadership development programmes

 

 

HR committee

 

 

18.

 

 

We will develop the role of our governors

a.        All LGC have the right balance of support and challenge

b.        All LGC  are using the Xavier work programme

c.        All LGC hold the headteachers to account

d.        All LGC know their schools strengths and weaknesses

Board meeting
 

19.

 

We will provide and annual programme of CPD

a.        Feedback from INSET days is positive

b.        Training is tailored to the needs of schools

c.        All teachers improve their pedagogy each year

 

HR committee

 

 

20.

 

We will develop a coaching culture across the MAT

a.       A lead coach is  identified and trained in each school

b.       each school has a coaching approach to improving self-awareness and pedagogy

c.        teachers in Xavier are reflective practitioners who support each other

 

HR committee

 

 

21.

 

 

We will review the use of LSAs

a.     Children’s needs are met in all schools

b.     Value for money for EHCP funding

c.     SEND children happy and making progress

d.     Pupils moving to secondary schools ready for transition

 

HR committee

 

22.

 

We will provide training for Governors and CofG Can this one be combined with 16 do you think

a.        All governors take a proactive role to support and challenge their schools

b.        Governors are clear about their statutory responsibilities

 

HR committee

 

    c.     Governors find the right balance of support and challenge of the headteacher  
 

23.

 

We will train our own teachers

a.        Teach South East expands to include primary

b.        Pre teacher training opportunities are available in all our schools

c.        No of trainees increases each year

 

HR committee

 

3 – We will support our schools by providing exceptional central services

   

What will we do?

 

What will success look like?

 

Who will monitor it?

 

24.

 

We will have an agreed set of policies regularly reviewed

a.        Reduced workload for Headteachers

b.        Common practice exists across all schools

c.        All policies applied consistently

 

Relevant committee

 

25.

 

We will review the central services provided each year

a.        Schools do not buy services elsewhere

b.        Xavier services are higher quality than all other providers and provide value for money

 

Board meeting

 

26.

 

We will survey schools with view to increasing central services

a.        More services provided centrally

b.        Better quality services for schools providing value for money

c.        All school support the central purchasing

 

Steering group

 

27.

We will investigate a common IT platform for all Xavier schools with a view to all moving to the same system a.        A three year plan for the way forward for IT in Xavier

b.        Better value for money

 

Risk and audit committee

 

28.

 

We will write a Xavier IT brief

a.       All schools buy same equipment and save money

b.       No money wasted in individual purchases by non- specialists

c.        Data can be shared across schools

 

Risk and audit committee

 

29.

 

We will seek feedback on the quality of central services

a.        All central staff have 360 appraisal identifying strengths and areas for development

b.        Feedback of all central services is positive and value for money

 

Steering group

 

4 – Our Catholicity is at the core of everything we do

   

What will we do?

 

What will success look like?

 

Who will monitor it?

 

 

30.

 

 

We will ensure that the ethos in all our schools is driven by Christian values which are lived every day

a.       All schools are outstanding in section 48

b.       Positive feedback  supports school ethos

c.        The Catholicity of each school is evident to all visitors

d.       Prayer and worship are at the core of our schools

e.       All staff model Christian values

 

Board meeting

 

31.

 

We will ensure all staff and children have opportunities to grow in their faith

a.       All schools provide spiritual development

b.       All schools have some chaplaincy support

c.        The daily act of worship is central to the working day

d.       All our schools are inclusive

 

Board meeting

 

32.

We will share our resources and lessons learnt with other Catholic MATs a.     Xavier is the go to place for support for Catholic schools thinking of setting up a MAT  

Board meeting

 

33.

We will share resources on prayer and worship and RE curriculum a.     All schools have good resources to help children grow in their faith  

Board meeting

 

34.

We will increase the number of Catholics joining the SCITT a.        Xavier is the go to place for Catholics wishing to become teachers

b.        Higher proportion of Catholic teachers in our schools

 

HR committee

 

35.

We will provide training opportunities that support the Catholic life of the school a.         the catholic leaders course  is full and feedback is positive

b.         a successful INSET day for all staff on spirituality

 

HR committee

 

36.

We will continue to provide outstanding pastoral care in all our schools a.       No children leave due to dissatisfaction

b.       Section 48 inspections identify pastoral care as a strength

c.        Children with learning difficulties have their needs met

 

Board meeting

 

37.

 

We will support any local catholic schools that are in difficulty

a.        Immediate support provided to school in trouble

b.        All MAT resources shared with staff

c.        Reports from Ofsted /LA etc. identify support from MAT as a strength

 

Risk and audit committee

 

38.

We will investigate an alternative provision for students unable to access mainstream education a.        No permanent exclusions

b.        We serve all the children entrusted to us

c.        We meet the needs of all our children

 

Risk and audit committee

 

39.

 

We will ensure every child feels safe and loved when at school

a.        100% of children have an adult who knows them really well and in whom they trust when in school

b.        Safeguarding procedures are rigorous, embedded and audited regularly

 

Board meeting

 

40.

We will maintain strong links with deanery schools outside the MAT a.        We maintain the diocesan family of schools and support each other

b.        We have positive relationships with all schools

 

Board meeting

 

41.

We will be proactive in forming good relationships with our parishes, the DASB, RSC and other bodies a.        Strong links with all external bodies

b.        Good links with all parishes

 

Board meeting

 

5 – We are financially robust and provide value for money

   

What will we do?

 

What will success look like?

 

Who will monitor it?

 

42.

 

We will have a 5 year maintenance plan to upgrade all our schools

a.        All schools are welcoming  learning environments

b.        All schools are well maintained.

 

Estates committee

 

43.

 

We will develop a fair and transparent system for evaluating  building projects

 

a.        Schools understand when and why decisions are made

b.        Priority is given to the schools most in need

 

Estates committee

 

44.

 

We will work with governors to ensure we place more emphasis on health and safety

a.       All schools are compliant

b.       Schools have a central record for H+S

c.        There is a named member of staff and governor responsible for compliance in each school

 

Estates committee

 

45.

 

We will develop a list of preferred suppliers

 

a.       All schools get value for money

b.       All condition work is of a high standard

 

Finance committee

 

46.

 

We will support schools with financial modelling and budgeting

a.       All schools are able to set and keep to budget

b.       All schools have an in year balance

c.        There are transparent financial processes in which the Heads and governors have confidence

 

Finance committee

 

47.

 

We will provide benchmarking data for all our schools

a.        Heads and governors have a clear picture of any areas of over and underspend

b.        Heads take action to ensure all areas of spending are within MAT parameters

 

Risk and audit committee

 

48.

 

We will ensure all staff are categorised correctly in the new “surrey family of schools” review

a.        Staff salaries reflect the responsibility they hold

b.        Staff across the MAT are paid the same salary for the same job

 

HR committee

 

49.

 

We will apply for all available funds

a.        The central resources are enhanced

b.        The partnership contribution remains low

c.        The Xavier profile is raised nationally

 

Board meeting

 

 

50.

 

 

We will investigate ways to generate income

a.        Schools generate more income from parents

b.        Schools generate more income from bids etc

c.        Schools offer wrap around care wherever possible

d.        All school budgets are enhanced

e.        All gift aid is claimed

 

Finance committee

 

51.

 

We will procure more services centrally

a.       Schools save money

b.       The range of services offered increase each year

c.        The quality of services within schools improve

 

Finance committee

 

GLOSSARY
CPD –continued professional development DASB- Diocesan academy strategic board DfE- Department for education
EHCP-Educational health care plan
INSET-in service training
LA-local authority ( surrey) LGC-local governing committee MAT-multi academy trust
RSC-regional schools commissioner
SCITT-school centred initial teacher training
SEND-special educational needs or disability

6 – We will maintain current levels of service whilst expanding

   

What will we do?

 

What will success look like?

 

Who will monitor it?

 

 

52.

 

 

We will have a growth strategy

a.        increased by no more than four schools per year

b.        increased by a range of schools each year

c.        conducted a full due diligence on each school wishing to join

d.        Directors have a full and clear picture of all schools wishing to join

 

Board meeting

 

53.

 

We will carry out a full condition survey of each school joining the MAT

a.        Liaised with the diocese to ensure health and safety work completed before joining

b.        Directors are fully aware of the condition of any school joining

 

Estates committee

 

54.

 

We will have a financial model for central services before each school joins

 

a.        Clear financial picture of the impact of growth

b.        Financially robust end of year forecasts

 

Finance committee

 

55.

 

We will review our central team before an additional  school joins

 

a.       Level of support maintained for current schools

b.       Appropriate timing of appointments of new staff

 

Finance committee

 

56.

 

We will review the partnership contribution

 

a.        Meet schools needs at an affordable price

b.        Financially viable central costs

 

Finance committee

 

57.

 

We will review the MAT structures/ steering groups each year

 

a.        Structures are fit for purpose for size of MAT

b.        All heads and chairs feedback positive

 

Board meeting