New Collaborative Learning Trust: Vision, Values and Purpose
The Trust was created in 2015 by governors and senior leaders of New College Pontefract, an outstanding sixth form college, a National Teaching School, an academy sponsor and the project team behind a free school application and a free school in pre-opening. The vision for the Trust grew out of our commitment to share our strengths and collaborate with others to improve outcomes for young people.
Over the last two years the college has pursued a clear strategy for outward-facing work in order to make a strong contribution to the self-improving school-led system. College leaders and governors have engaged with the opportunities presented in education policy to share excellence and expertise in quantifiable ways, supporting the government’s priorities of raising attainment and narrowing gaps.
The vision for New Collaborative Learning Trust is of a family of 16-19 colleges located in areas of historical and persistent underachievement across Yorkshire and the Humber. They will share a clear identity as providers of the highest quality teaching, learning and assessment, meeting challenging and ambitious targets for their young people, and enabling the successful progression of these young people into higher education and to employment which meets local and national need, and which in turn, re-invigorates communities. Trust colleges will make a quantifiable and powerful contribution to social mobility, since many will be first generation university undergraduates.
The Trust and its colleges will bring tangible benefits.
- It will add educational value to a greater number of young people. The founding college’s standards and performance will be the touchstone for excellence throughout our family.
- It will deliver an inclusive pedagogy, which takes into account the unique needs and qualities of every young person; supporting them to grow in character, resilience and confidence; providing a bedrock of skills and habits which they can draw upon in life, work and further study; and developing knowledge and subject mastery to enable progression which will bring fulfilment and success.
- It will support talent management, recruiting and retaining talented staff and offering opportunities for dynamic ITT and CPD.
- It will bring financial value and stability through improved purchasing power, shared services and stable finances.
- It will support the government’s agenda for educational transformation and social mobility through improving outcomes and lives.
New Collaborative Learning Trust – aspire, excel, enjoy
The Trust will raise standards across our family of schools and colleges. We will promote a culture of aspiration, excellence and enjoyment. We will use our collective strengths and expertise to benefit our children and young people.
To achieve this we will:
- Recruit and retain ambitious, dedicated and well qualified staff and develop them through high quality professional learning
- Design and implement a flexible, inspiring and outstanding teaching and learning model
- Recognise and implement systems for accountability and transparency at all levels to ensure a consistent focus on purpose and outcomes
- Foster and sustain a culture of professional generosity, honesty, integrity and trust
- Use collaborative opportunities to drive value for money and quality
- Develop and implement policies, systems and processes to reflect and support the unique context and position of each member of our family of schools
- Develop and implement a measured and sustainable growth plan predicated on impact
The Trust will initially consist of three sixth form colleges:
- New College Pontefract
- New College Doncaster (due to open September 2017)
- New College Bradford (proposed to open September 2019)
Post-16 provision (A levels and applied general BTEC qualifications) is our key strength. The Trust is keen to sponsor existing post-16 providers that would welcome the support that joining a multi-academy trust brings, and is keen to welcome other successful sixth form colleges into the Trust.
Drawing strength from collaboration
The Trust is closely linked to the New Collaborative Teaching School Alliance – a partnership of over 30 schools and colleges, focusing on CPD, ITT, talent management and school to school improvement. The Trust brings significant experience of evaluating provision in other providers and helping to develop and support improvement strategies, drawing upon a number of Ofsted inspectors.
Expanding the trust with schools and academies
The Trust’s intention is for managed growth through a combination of free schools and sponsored academies. Our area of expertise is 16-19 and our three year strategy reflects growth in this phase, although there is a willingness to work in other phases as is the case in our Teaching School deployments.