New Collaborative Learning Trust: Vision, Values and Culture
The Trust was created in 2015 by governors and senior leaders of New College Pontefract, an outstanding sixth form college. Since then, the Trust has grown to include two 16-19 free schools in Bradford and Doncaster, and one 11-16 secondary in Rotherham.
The Trust’s vision is embraced comprehensively by everyone who works for us:
Our colleges and schools will make a significant difference to the lives of young people.
As a result, together we will make a positive contribution to social mobility.
To achieve this vision, our commitment is
To provide an outstanding, consistent student experience through collaboration
Our culture and values
Our vision can only be achieved through collaboration. Our shared belief is that raising outcomes, narrowing gaps and improving social mobility will be accomplished through proactive collaboration across all teams in the Trust, and between the Trust and its key stakeholders. This approach has already helped us establish a track-record of outstanding results and it underpins our Trust’s culture and ethos. It is best summed up in the following quotation:
If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.
The Trust’s culture is further exemplified by its five core values, which characterise the way we seek to work. These include:
The different parts of the Trust
The Trust is currently composed of four partner institutions.
• New College Pontefract (post-16 sixth form college)
• New College Doncaster (post-16 sixth form college, opened September 2017)
• New College Bradford (post-16 sixth form college, opened September 2019)
• Wingfield Academy (11-16 secondary school, joined in December 2020)
The Trust also hosts the New Collaborative Learning Teaching School Alliance, a partnership of over 30 schools and colleges, focusing on CPD, ITT, talent management and school to school improvement. This has provided us with opportunities to work closely with primary and secondary schools across the region, helping to evaluate provision in other providers and to develop and support improvement strategies.
Although our background is in post-16 provision (A levels and applied general BTEC qualifications), we are keen to sponsor partner organisations working with different phases. This means that as well as being open to working with existing post-16 providers, we would welcome conversations with interested secondary and primary schools who would like to join us.
The Trust’s intention is for managed growth through a combination of free schools, sponsored academies and other institutions choosing to join the Trust.
The Trust brings tangible benefits.
• It adds educational value to a greater number of young people. The founding college’s standards and performance are the touchstone for excellence throughout the Trust, and sharing these successful systems and strategies is central to our approach.
• It provides increased opportunities for collaboration and support, underpinning the raising of standards.
• It provides access to high-quality CPD, embedding key insights from peer-reviewed cognitive developmental psychology research to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
• It delivers an inclusive pedagogy, taking account of the unique needs and qualities of every young person, helping them to develop as a rounded, successful young person entering the adult world of work and higher education.
• It supports talent management, recruiting and retaining talented staff and offering opportunities for dynamic ITT and CPD. Most of the senior posts within the Trust are filled by promoting talent within.
• It brings financial value and stability through improved purchasing power, shared services and stable finances.
• It supports the government’s agenda for educational transformation and social mobility through improving outcomes and lives.
The Trust raises standards across our family of schools and colleges. We promote a culture of aspiration, excellence and enjoyment, using our collective strengths and expertise to benefit our children and young people.
To achieve this we:
• recruit and retain ambitious, dedicated and well-qualified staff, developing them through high-quality professional CPD;
• 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.