Membership of the Collaborative Learning Trust gives access to a range of high quality, value for money, professional services. This enables individual schools to benefit from economies of scale and enables school leaders to focus on the leadership of teaching and learning, engagement with their community and effective support for the children and young people in their care.
The seven key services we provide are all led by highly qualified experts in their area.
The Trust’s central education service, led by the CEO, means that Trust schools benefit from Trust wide strategic leadership of school improvement, access to Specialist Leaders of Education and School Improvement Directors (primary and secondary), school improvement resources and activities via the Red Kite Teaching School Alliance.
The central finance support, led by the Trust Finance Director, means that Trust schools benefit from comprehensive financial support, including: strategic financial planning, budget setting, monitoring and reporting, invoice and payment processing, provision of internal and external audit, financial control and compliance checks, procurement and tendering support, financial training for relevant staff and academy conversion support.
The central site management service, led by the Trust Estates Manager, means that Trust schools benefit from regular audits and guidance to support statutory compliance in all site related areas - including statutory compliance for health and safety. In addition, schools benefit from strategic planning for site development, support for capital bids, project management and training for relevant staff.
The central ICT service, supported by ACS and led by the Senior Engineer, means that Trust schools benefit from strategic planning for IT, design and installation, hardware maintenance, email and internet provision, IT helpdesk, remote support and on site support.
The central HR service, supported by Fusion and led by the HR Manager, means that Trust schools benefit from HR and payroll advice, regular review and update of HR policies, production of staff contracts, HR ‘health checks’ (e.g. single central record), support for recruitment, casework support, legal support and training for relevant staff.
Trust schools benefit from access to a range of leadership development opportunities from Aspiring Leaders Programme through to the highest level National Professional Qualification. There are many opportunities for leaders to develop for example through school placements, sharing best practice across schools and access to Yorkshire Leadership Community (YLC) programmes, networks and seminars.
Local Governing Boards at Trust schools benefit from training and professional development, opportunities to share best practice, expert advice from the Trust’s Operational Leadership Team (Finance Director, Estates Manager, HR Manager, IT Senior Engineer) and CEO, support for governor self audits and development plans.