Inspirational Learning for All

We are inclusive, passionate and principled.

We have expectations of excellence in all that we do – seeking a ‘golden thread’ through the many aspects of our work.  We expect every member of our Trust community to be kind, curious and courageous in all that they do.

We are able to build on these foundations and expectations to develop Inspirational Learning for All through our teaching and learning principles, our charter for living and learning and our approach to the curriculum.

Our schools work within an ethos of mutual respect, honesty and humility in which cross-Trust support and decisive collaboration are key.  

Children only get one chance to experience childhood and they have an absolute right to the highest quality of education

Lyssy Bolton

CEO, The Mead Trust

Our underpinning principles

Valuing children and childhood

Every child is a unique. Their ability to be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured should not be under estimated. Independence, risk taking, leadership, self-regulation and co-construction are valued. Children are entitled to the freedom to play, to take responsibility for their learning and behaviours, to identify and solve problems and the excitement of being outdoors. Children’s rights are respected and protected (UNICEF, 2012). Read more >

A culture of opportunity

Adults create a culture where difference is acknowledged and celebrated. Individual achievements are recognised all members of the school community are encouraged to have a voice. Where there are barriers adults pride themselves on embracing different approaches and opportunities to ensure that children understand that barriers don’t have to limit their lives and that there is an equitable experience for all. Read more >

Relational teaching

Children develop in the context of relationships and the emotional environment around them. All adults are expected to model and teach children how to show love, care, tolerance, respect, openness and honesty with each other. Read more >

An enabling environment

Children are entitled to an irresistible, warm, welcoming, and well organised environment (both indoors and outdoors) that provides for independence, choice, a wealth of sensory experiences; reflecting the children’s interests and celebrating their achievements. Read more >

An inspirational curriculum

Teachers plan for a curriculum that inspires, motivates and engages all children in memorable experiences. Connections are made between subject areas to ensure learning contexts are authentic and meaningful and provide opportunities for application of skills, investigation and purposeful play. “It’s not what you do but the way that you do it.” Careful consideration is given to the intent, implementation and impact of all learning sequences. Read more >

Understanding learning

Learning is an active experience designed to provoke rich dialogue, active listening and sustained shared thinking between all participants through experimentation and discovery. Knowledge of the concepts of ‘threshold’ and ‘mastery’ are used to inform teaching and learning sequences. “…the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting…” (Plutarch, in Kidd 1992) Read more >

Planning for excellence

Planning is responsive to the children’s interests and fascinations and is targeted to identify gaps in skills and understanding and to provide repeated opportunities to practise what most challenges us. Learning sequences have a clear structure, using a ‘teaching backwards’ approach ensuring high quality outcomes in all subjects. Read more >

Purposeful assessment

Assessment is continuous, specific, relevant and provides clear pathways to future success in learning through a forensic understanding of the children’s progress. Teachers recognise how on-going assessment links to the summative assessment cycle in schools and the wider assessment and accountability system. Read more >

Responsive teaching

By implementing successful evidence-based strategies and frameworks adults model and exemplify excellence at every level. Expert subject knowledge enables teachers to identify and define the selection of skills to be taught and to design experiences to ensure that the learning journey makes sense and ignites deeper level thinking for all children. Read more >

Courageous leadership

All leaders have a clear vision, underpinned by a sense of moral purpose which is understood, owned and implemented by the whole community in the pursuit of shaping inspirational learning and continually improving outcomes. Choices about organisation, structure, resources and priorities are made bravely. The qualities of leadership are recognised, valued and nurtured across the whole school community. Read more >

Professional growth

“Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.” (Williams, 2012). Outstanding teaching and leadership is developed through: sharing best practice, researching and critiquing evidence based approaches, supporting clear pathways of career progression, engaging in practitioner enquiry and actively encouraging creative thinking, risk taking and innovation. Read more >

Community engagement

Community engagement is based upon reciprocal relationships that value opinions, interpretations and utilise the skills and expertise of others. Collegiality between staff, parents /carers and children is highly valued and well supported. The community is used both as a source of information and a resource for investigation and learning. Read more >

All schools within our Trust are communities where 

  • There are expectations of excellence  
  • Individuals are valued 
  • Achievements are celebrated 
  • Children are happy and safe 

As a Trust we want our schools to be held in the highest esteem by children, staff, parents/carers, governors and the wider community.

We want our children and staff to enjoy coming to school every day, and we take pride in all that we do to ensure this.   

We are committed to maximizing children’s achievement and development.

Central to maintaining our ethos and values is our Charter for Living and Learning.

Strategic priorities 2022-23

Educational Excellence
Ensure all schools are confidently improving and developing with an expectation that the journey is to strive to be outstanding institutions, with ‘golden threads’ running through all aspects of their work, by:

  • Empowering schools to focus on their priorities   
  • Identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in each school
  • Providing timely support and challenge through a core and enhanced School Improvement offer
  • Utilising knowledge and expertise across the Trust and beyond where additional capacity is needed  

     Deliver an inspirational curriculum through high quality pedagogical approaches – with an emphasis on:

    • A cohesive, progressive curriculum, coherently designed to be ambitious and meeting the needs of all learners, across all subject areas
    • Consistently high-quality teaching and learning across all phases
    • Ensuring assessment is curriculum led, formatively used, and offers opportunities for reflection and improvement
    • Forensic analysis and intervention to ensure strong progress is made by all pupils   

      Professional Expertise
      Continue to build a ‘people first’ trust by developing and supporting everybody’s expertise which increases capacity for improvement, by:

      • Strong induction  
      • Training for core approaches  
      • Providing continuing professional development opportunities   
      • Considered career pathways
      • Expecting an evidence-based and research engaged culture 
      • Implementing and reviewing workforce wellbeing and resilience strategies  

      Operational Infrastructure
      Ensuring a trust wide collective efficacy by:

      • Streamlining our functions to support the schools to focus on their core business of teaching and learning and safeguarding   
      • Utilising resources to best effect to support continuous improvement in all schools    

      Expert Governance
      Ensure effective governance across the trust so that outcomes improve, by: 

      • Building skilled, engaged and effective governance structures at a school and Trust level   
      • providing appropriate levels of support and challenge at local level    
      • Establishing a clear succession plan for governance 

      Responsible Growth
      Ensuring Mead Trust Growth Strategy is fit for purpose and in line with its principles, vision and values; increasing the number of schools within the Trust to 9 by 2025 

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