Improving our Schools
We are a “Partnership for Improvement” – At ECT, we believe that ‘working together’ should be about improving what we do. Within the education sector, this is often seen as improving academic outcomes. While this is of crucial importance, it is not enough. Our ethos places the child at the centre and looks at improvement initiatives that can benefit our schools and pupils holistically.
As a Trust, we are committed to promoting, advocating and providing (where appropriate) practical support in ‘improving’ our offer to the children and young people we serve, using our cooperative values as the foundation stones for action:
Our schools each have their own unique problems and challenges, but in the same way, have their own unique strengths and successes. As a collective, we understand that we don’t have all the answers, but we encourage the humility to ‘reach out’ for help when needed, from school to school and the Cooperative Network nationally. In isolation we often ‘reinvent the wheel’, but together we can share experiences (good and bad), expertise, ways of working and ultimately find the answers.
The work of the Trust cannot be ‘left to others’. We encourage a culture where we each take responsibility for playing our part in improving the life chances of our children and young people. Every member and partner in the Trust can (and must) do their bit in making the Trust a demonstrable success. This aim is achieved through an ‘active participation’ of members and partners working strategically, operationally and for the good of the collective.
All members of the Trust are equal and decisions are made on a democratic basis. How we meet the needs of the community and support each other as a collective, flows from our democratic ethos, in that the needs of our children and young people are paramount. Furthermore, the ‘voice’ of the community will be heard through our Representative Council, which will inform improvement priorities, and indeed what ‘school improvement’ means for our schools and for our community, remembering that ‘context is everything’.
Our Trust gives a ‘voice’ to all members, not just educationalists, in terms of improving our community, including the outcomes for our pupils. Everyone has a part to play and everyone can fight the corner for our children and young people. Our young people are part of the community and are, ultimately, working towards a life beyond education and we must prepare them to take part, feel included and benefit from equality of opportunity.
We believe in fairness and creating a community where children and young people, no matter their background or lack of resources (financial or otherwise) can not only realise – but also fulfil – their full potential. Innovation is key here, as standard ways of working can often leave the most vulnerable behind. Improvement is for all, not the privileged few.
Fundamentally, together we are stronger and together we can achieve more. How we improve, how successful we become, how we are perceived and recognised locally and nationally, will be as a result of the fundamental principle that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder. Rather than individuals under a ‘banner’, we are a collective, united in vision, values, mission and an un-wavering desire to ‘build a life changing community’.
We aim to live out these values by adhering to the principles of high performing organisations:
- Harness innovation for the benefit of our students and, subsequently the community.
- Put our young people at the heart of what we do.
- Develop economic opportunity that enables our young people to flourish.
- Engage in new alliances – with a focus on the good of our young people.
- Be performance-driven in everything – get a job, and a life partner.
- Ensure quality through the practice of superior governance.
To find out how you can get involved in helping ECT achieve its aims and initiatives, click here.