Learning Trust

Our Trust’s Aims and Vision

The vision of the Trust is that we must invest in our young people. Its desired outcome is that children, young people and their families will report that Staffordshire Moorlands is a great place to live, play, learn and achieve in. A place where they feel safe and can lead healthy lives and that offers them a future.

The Trust’s vision is based on the belief that social emotional development is the process through which children and adults acquire the skills to recognise and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations effectively. This skill set provides the foundation for academic achievement, maintenance of good health, and civic engagement in a democratic society.

Our vision sees the Trust improving academic achievement in our community, and meeting challenges that affect learning. This will require us to collaborate with all stakeholders – parents and families, early childhood educators, teachers within our pyramid and school support staff, professionals and other caring adults, to attend to social and emotional development and learning and the coordination of school and community supports and conditions.

To make this a reality we will coordinate the work of the Trust, and community supports and conditions aimed at:

  • Promoting healthy development in children right through the District
  • Creating a common vocabulary and coordinating framework for diverse child-, youth-, and family-serving systems
  • Developing effective communication and coordination between families, mental health personnel, school personnel and others involved with child-, youth-, and families at all levels
  • Ensuring supports for social, emotional, behavioural, cultural, and linguistic needs in all groups designed to foster learning and development.
  • Making certain that values and goals are shared between families, schools, early care and education programs and other settings where learning and development occur
  • Engaging all partners in this vision
  • Ensuring a federation climate and culture that addresses barriers to learning

All parties within the partnership will have a shared interest in developing a range of services and activities to support the Trust. Essential features of the delivery of this vision, by the Trust, will be:

  • Working collaboratively together to raise standards.
  • Working inclusively with representation of partners from education and training, employment and regeneration.
  • Open and honest relationships with partners, helping each other reach common goals.
  • Raising aspiration through embedding a ‘life-long learning’ ethos in the  extended community
  • A global perspective rooted in the co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.
  • The active promotion of ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
  • Provision of learning and earning opportunities through regeneration programmes to help build active citizenship.

In order to involve all of the key stakeholders in both the vision, and the implementation of that vision, membership is open to parents/carers, members of the community, partners, learners, their extended families and staff.

What is the Trust’s particular focus?

The Trust has got an ethos of co-operation and democracy. We seek to empower learners and the community to achieve our aim of raising achievement and expectation of learning recognising that tomorrow’s learners will live in an increasingly global economy, facing the challenges posed by rapid environmental and economic change.

Fostering the values of self-help and self-responsibility helps young people to prepare for these challenges and their future as global citizens. Additionally, through innovative accreditation opportunities, curriculum opportunities and study programmes, we seek to celebrate, recognise and reward achievement, not only in key functional skills, but in a wide range of personal and community settings.

Our schools have a long history of working closely with all of the services that impact on the daily lives of our young people.

The main focus of our Trust is:

  1. To be uncompromising in our ambitions for achievement, sitting at the heart of the communities that we serve
  2. To set high expectations in order to:
    • deliver measurable improvements for all children and young people
    • have in place consistent, high quality arrangements to provide identification and early intervention for all children and young people who need help

To monitor the difference we  are making and examine whether our  arrangements need to be strengthened to improve outcomes, including by further change to our delivery model

How will it make a difference?

Our schools are ambitious, and wish to further accelerate the pace of improvement.  Forming social partnerships with organisations with values akin to ours, and with the appropriate expertise to engage our students and our community more actively in social change, helps us value and reward achievement in a wider range of formal and informal settings.

Although a majority of our students exceed the national progress measures, we are aware that we need to improve further outcomes for vulnerable groups. Our Trust’s future strategy for these young people is to realise our vision through four key areas:

  • Helping to achieve independent living
  • Improving support for families
  • Facilitating a smooth transition into adulthood
  • Improving support for getting and staying in employment

Better education and training has substantial, and lasting, effects on individuals such as the probability of employment, the level of wages and other aspects of life such as health. At the macro – economic level educational underachievement also affects the relative performance of the UK economy over time. Social exclusion remains a serious and costly problem in the UK and in our District.