Collaboration Support

Chancery Education Trust Collaboration Support

This Service Package features a range of 44 services which are offered to all schools/academies ‘as standard’ on joining the Trust. 

A new school joining the trust would undergo a due diligence review. As part of this review, the Directors of Chancery Education Trust will seek the views of the Executive Leadership Group on the position of the school.

Schools joining the Trust upon conversion to Academy status, or Academies joining the Trust may bring in accumulated reserves. In the spirit of collaboration and collective responsibility, the Trust will make a levy to central Chancery Education Trust reserves between 5% – 7% of the school’s unrestricted reserves.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Trust Administrators on 020 8462 5867 or email and a member of the Chancery Team will call you back.

Moderation across all year groups in core subjects

To establish a sharing culture, initiate new colleagues, share exemplification materials and benefit from the opinion of independent scrutiny.

Registered moderating authority

The STA agency has agreed that as a Trust we can register and moderate across the group, dispensing with the need to use LA moderators.

Subject leader forums and networking

This is a great opportunity for colleagues to enhance their organisation and communication skills.

MAT action plan to support all schools’ improvement

To ensure the needs of individual schools are met, common themes are established, staff suitably deployed and areas of concern addressed.

Action research projects

These are vital in promoting joint practice development and encouraging professional and reflective dialogue.

Peer school reviews to support self-evaluation and school improvement

To encourage sharing of experiences and promote a thorough understanding of challenges and areas for improvement.

Core “cloud” based documents

Including policies, templates and other useful documents.

Directory of expertise and specialism

As a “go to guide” for help and advice on specific areas.

Peer mentoring for new colleagues

We facilitate a “buddy system” to enable reflection and offer support to either new teachers or new colleagues to the Trust.

Deputy Head Teacher forums

To facilitate professional development and assist with succession planning.

SENCO/inclusion manager forums

To keep up to date with legislation, hear from outside speakers and benefit from the experience of others.

Head Teacher and Principal meetings—rotating school venues

To ensure that leaders are well supported, we hold “leadership reflection days” where we focus on skills and barriers, discuss pertinent issues and develop resilience.

Business Manager support group

Support for the bursars and business managers across the Trust to help them cope with the rigorous demands of academy finance.

Minibus usage

We have a fleet of three minibuses with drivers available for booking to transport children to events and trips.

Access to other outstanding providers including EYFS specialists

As a hub for the Early Years Excellence Project, the Trust is keen to sustain specialism in this area. Darrick Wood was identified by outstanding for EYFS KS1 provision.

Conference room facilities

Available for meetings and events or for any time that a quiet and professional environment is needed. Catering by prior arrangement.

Forest School environment

Our wonderful 6 acres of land provides a magical space to inspire and enthral children and provides some great outdoor learning opportunities.

Media suite access

Our state of the art media suite is available to use and is brimming with iPads and Apple kit to really inspire learning.

Recruitment & Retention

We have formulated strong links with preferred agencies. There are significant reductions on daily rates and finders’ fees on permanent placements. In effect, the Trust has negotiated bespoke terms and conditions.

Catering contracts

Tendered and managed to endure compliance and value for money delivering quality provision for children.

Cleaning contracts

From tendering to procurement we will ensure that your contractors are well deployed and appropriately managed.

HR business

A team of eight specifically dedicated to HR business support. As well as regular audits and housekeeping checks, HR business is extensive and offers all the usual recruitment activities. A managed 30 step appointment process is applied consistently to all staff joiners, including preparation of offer letters, contracts, DFE safeguarding checks and so on. We have a twelve strong administration team who are deployed flexibly across the Trust. We work with an external firm of lawyers to ensure compliancy on employment law related issues.

School improvement planning

Five non-class based, highly experienced senior leaders are deployed mentors and professional coaches to support operationally and plan strategically. School review teams undertake reviews and produce action plans ideally for self-evaluation. The Trust is accredited as national facilitation providers with Challenge Partners, for example, the “Challenge the Gap” programme.

Appraisal target setting & performance management reviews

All templates and administration associated with the performance management cycle managed by experienced staff. Reviews are held in synchronicity with PPRs. Removing the administrative burden of this process is a great benefit to schools.

Pupil progress review

Hold regular 6 weekly data and analyse tracking data. Vulnerable groups and gaps in attainment are identified and remedial provision planned accordingly.

Monitoring & Lesson observation cycle

A monitoring team is established and milestones are identified alongside an action plan. This is a good area to develop whole school impact of middle leaders, broaden career opportunities and assist succession.

Professional coaching

We facilitate leadership development and reflection days and provide 1:1 coaching sessions. Our coaches are accredited professional coaches with many years experience of facilitation.

Whole staff inset & briefings

Staff wellbeing is incredibly important and vital for retention. The burdens placed upon school leaders of today is immense and we recognise the need to provide structured support that pays due regard to the needs of senior leaders as vital to the success of any organisation. Within our network we have a number of outstanding consultants who work in partnership with us in providing specialised curriculum and leadership support and in addition there are lots of CPD opportunities for outstanding practitioners to utilise and build on their skills across the Trust. This is actively encouraged and mutually beneficial.

Accredited staff training

Chancery is accredited to deliver the Improving Teaching Programme, the Outstanding Teaching Programme, The Power of Coaching, as well as having an impressive portfolio of bespoke programmes for your school, including a highly regarding NQT programme.

Experienced Head of Provision

The hugely experienced ex Head of provision, Hawes Down Unit (Additional Resource Mainstream Setting (ARMS) can offer specialist advice and support and CPD for all areas of need. With the demise of Bromley LA, we have established access and reach into Southwark and Croydon services.

School Nurse

Our very own experienced nurse is employed directly and has particular expertise in wellbeing in EYFS.

Ed Psych

Referrals, assessment and reports services written by a qualified Ed Psych who works across the Trust.

EAL provision

Support from a very experienced colleague who set up the MLD Unit provision and has many years’ teaching experience in Lewisham and other boroughs and was Helen Bull’s line manager. She now specialises in EAL assessment and advisory work.

ASD specialist support

Advisory teachers to work alongside colleagues including the following areas: ASD, OT, S&L, S&C and CAMHS.

Social and communication

A well respected ex-LA colleague who has worked for many years in this area providing assessments, strategies and liaising with outside agencies as well as well regarded staff training.

Nurture room & sensory support room

Highly effective, multi-sensory learning environments established to support the needs of challenging children and providing a conductive zone for reflection.

Respite care

Two terms unit for moderate to severe and complex learning and behaviour difficulties.

Play therapy

Music and art therapy from specialised practitioners including BYMT and other agencies.

Parent partnership and parent workshops

Engagement opportunities for vulnerable and hard to reach families .

Dyslexia screening and feedback

Three qualified screeners, trained to write reports and meet with families.

Bespoke interventions & pupil support

To address current areas of needs in a particular setting. Lego therapy, social skills, speech and language. Including specialist observations and individual support plans.

Additional support applications

Funding requests and management of the application process to access specific grants and revenue.

Counselling services

We have two school counsellors with over 30 years’ experience of addressing the emotional needs of children and families.

Complaints Team

Complaints from whatever source can be time consuming and demoralising. We have a Trust Administrator dedicated to managing the complaints process and offering guidance and support in order that issues are resolved quickly and efficiently.

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