MAT Narrative.

More than school.

Our imprint phase as children fundamentally sets the course for the rest of our lives, it’s the postcode that’s typed into our mental sat-nav that determines our future destinations.

We all remember our experiences from school, the good and the bad. We all remember our favourite teachers and those that made the biggest impact on us and they stay with us for a lifetime.

Without great people, there wouldn’t be any great schools and with them being fundamental at the hearts of their communities, the impact they make is profound.

STEP Academy Trust can, not only give the people within their MAT opportunities to achieve the standard of life they desire but hundreds of others associated with it.

With this platform, STEP Academy Trust has the potential to not only educate the children they teach but give futures to all of those they come into contact with. By developing an industry-leading education system with STEP Academy Trust at the hub, not only for its local communities but as a trailblazer for other MATs alike, the ripple effect can be overwhelming and positively impact so many lives.

It’s much more than school.

Purpose.

The purpose of this proposal is to establish a blueprint of how this will be possible by working in partnership with the Schools Training Network.

The Dream.

To establish an industry-leading education system that feeds a culture of learning and development across all levels of the STEP Academy Trust and its communities.

The Blueprint.

The following objectives within this proposal outline how this will be achieved. With the establishment of an end-to-end, white-labelled learning and development managed service which will encompass all elements of education and training across the Trust and its wider communities.

The Tools.

The fully managed suite of services will support the Trust's learning and development strategy.

Services include:

  • A complete learning and development managed service
  • Apprenticeship Levy and digital account management
  • Recruitment and learner engagement
  • End point assessment organisations management
  • Management of the delivery workforce
  • Management of the quality of provision
  • Staff needs analysis
  • Consultation, advice and guidance

Should training needs fall outside the current offering we will source and manage this provision.

We will support the MAT in the recruitment of new apprentices.

These vacancies will be advertised across multiple job boards and platforms ensuring the best candidates for your positions. This is undertaken by our recruitment team and our applicant tracking system where we will screen, shortlist and present applicants to you. This can be fully integrated into the MAT’s current recruitment processes, as much or as little as required.

As an Ofsted regulated organisation, the quality of our provision is paramount to the service we deliver. To ensure this we will:

  • Provide a dedicated account manager responsible for quality assurance and contract performance.
  • Provide a dedicated learning and development coordinator for queries.
  • Ensure continuous high quality of service, monitored through the regular reporting on agreed performance measures and KPIs.
  • Attend regular review meetings as required.
  • Provide a wide range of Management Information reports as agreed for a range of stakeholders.
  • Attend regular operational and planning meetings as required.
  • Provide apprenticeship mentor training for relevant staff.

We will ensure that all GDPR and DfE funding rules are met in line with current legislation.

Furthermore, any other policies and procedures and non-disclosure agreements are in line with STEP Academy Trust. 

STEP Academy Trust will have its own dedicated white-labelled Learner Management System where all your people can access their learning.

The management and analysis of training will be conducted through the STEP Academy Trust learning platform. This will allow all your people to access various training, and functionality and manage their learning.

The system will produce a management dashboard where back end data will be able to be viewed for the analysis of the provision and progress of your people.

All learning will take place in the workplace through a blended learning model with no day release.

Each learner will be assigned their own dedicated tutor. The cohort may also be taught as a group to allow for peer to peer support as well as independent learning.

All learning will be tailored around the needs of the learner; these needs are identified through various software and analysis tools to develop an individual learning plan that is right for them.

The Materials.

These are the services that will be used to build a compelling education system that will support your people and the wider community whilst growing a future workforce for the MAT and its community.

Apprenticeship Academy

The STEP Academy Trust apprenticeship academy will allow year on year development of new hungry people to the workforce. This gives you the ability to grow and shape your own talent in the MAT’s ethos in areas that support the MAT’s long term strategy.

The academy will allow for an annual influx of talent but also the ability to have a rolling recruitment process as and when required.

The academy will allow a platform to build a workforce of the future across all departments.

Age Group: 16+
Cost: Fully funded
Duration: 12 months-36 months
Programme: Apprenticeships

Work Based Learning

A MAT wide approach to utilising the apprenticeship levy by up-skilling current employed members of staff into work-based learning programmes (Apprenticeships).

Many members of staff may already be in a role but have never had the formal training to support it. Furthermore, they may be moving up the ranks or into new areas where formal training will be invaluable to them in succeeding in their role.

With currently over 40 different programmes available through STN, this is a great opportunity to upskill your staff with apprenticeships starting at Level 2 and going all the way up to Level 7.

A MAT wide approach will be taken with regards to the mapping and needs analysis of appropriate training to ensure the utilisation of apprenticeship funds for the best return.

Age Group: 16+
Cost: Fully Funded
Duration: 12 months-36 months
Programme: Work-Based Learning (Apprenticeships)

Professional Development Courses

There is a large suite of training available which can be accessed through the STEP Academy Trust Learning Portal, allowing your people to continuously keep up on their professional development as well as meet regulatory requirements annually and when required.

The CPD courses will be constantly updated and added to throughout the year. Courses can be added to the suite at STEP Academy Trust request. Should your staff require training that falls outside of the funded programmes, these will be available commercially.

Furthermore, as part of the partnership offering, we will offer a number of courses free of charge to be accessed each year. Value to be agreed based on the contracted funded provision.

Age Group: 16+
Cost: Commercial
Duration: Variable
Programme: Commercial

Curriculum Development

Training and Apprenticeships can be tailored to meet the needs of the MAT to future-proof the workforce in line with the growth of STEP Academy Trust. Developing bespoke, STEP Academy Trust branded programmes that meet the MATs priorities, offering contextualised learning that incorporates the MAT’s vision, values, processes and practices.

The bespoke training will be developed in partnership with the MAT to meet the specific needs of each department and the roles your staff are partaking in to ensure a fit for purpose curriculum of training. This can be part of an apprenticeship provision, as well as your staff’s professional development programmes that underpin strategic objectives.

Furthermore, SCCU would be keen to work with STEP Academy Trust in developing bespoke accredited and non-accredited qualifications for internal and external use. This could also be in the form of Apprenticeship trailblazers which can form a benchmark for other MATs nationally

Development of New Apprenticeship Standards

Where there is a need identified for the development of a new apprenticeship standard, we will seek approval from the institute of apprenticeships and begin to develop this in partnership with you.

Any new standards are required to hold an industry demand to be approved and we will work together with you to build the case. Following this, the development, approval and launch of the new standards can take place.

EPIC Academy

EPIC academy allows for a complete health, wellbeing and physical education experience for pupils.

The provision supports both the PE and school sport and pupil premium objectives by giving pupils a well rounded experience to improve their education outcomes and in reaching their full potential at school and in extra curricular activities.

The services within the Academy consist of: EPIC PE, EPIC Health, EPIC Outdoors, EPIC Education, EPIC Camps and EPIC Futures. All these services support a robust well-being programme and solution to your MAT.

Age Group: 4-16

We look forward to discussing this with you in further detail.

Many thanks,
The School Training Network

Part of the SCCU Group