30th June 2022
Headteachers form across the Trust received updates from the CEO, Education Director, School Improvement and Safeguarding Lead and the Teaching and Learning Lead on Infinity 75, whole Trust calendar 2022/2023, CPD offer, School Improvement Handbook, School Improvement visits and 'quality' spotlights, new Governance model, Peer Review approach, Appraisal 2022/2023 and Safeguarding.
15th June 2022
Headteachers were updated with Trust expectations of strategic planning for 2022/2023 alongside a model template, Infinity 75 challenge, Trust safeguarding principles, training pathway and SCR overview, teaching and curricular Hub opportunities and other key documents. The whole school curriculum development discussion in terms of achieving the best outcomes for pupils; led to the sharing of ideas and workload! Documentation to support thinking was shared in line with Ofsted expectations as outlined in the EIF.
5th May 2022
Headteachers across our Trust welcomed the Headteacher of St Peter at Gowt's CE Primary School who talked through her recent experience of a Section 8 inspection. This was followed by updates from our CEO about Trust development and future plans. The School Improvement and Safeguarding lead shared key Ofsted inspection themes for the summer term and emerging priorities from the Trust wide safeguarding audits.
24th March 2022
Heads were provided with an update on the the Trust's notes of visit system, the upcoming upgrade to IT infrastructure, new schools joining the Trust and the roles of the Central Team.
The main focus of the meeting was providing Heads with key tools to support their line management of SBM's and Business Managers. The Trust Finance/HR Director led the session describing areas of focus for HT/SBM meetings and sharing a template and key questions list.
3rd March 2022
Today's Headteacher meeting focussed on reviewing and agreeing the Infinity School Improvement Model. The Trust has produced this in a booklet format for ease of access and to enable schools leaders to share this effectively with their wider teams. We also re-visited the Data Strategy and the link between SLT and Core Subject Leaders.
4th February 2022
Today was a really unique Headteacher network meeting as we were joined by a number of Heads and colleagues from outside of the Trust to work on our Infinity Development Day.
We spent the day exploring the scalability of the current Infinity systems as our Trust grows and more schools join. We considered how a hub model could support our work in different localities and took the opportunity to reflect on our Infinity principles with a larger group of colleagues.
We were very appreciative of the brilliant contributions by Infinity Heads and the supportive suggestions and questions by Heads from outside of the Trust. This was a great day in helping to shape the future of Infinity Academies Trust.
13th January 2022
At Infinity Academies Trust we don't mandate a particular approach to the curriculum as we feel its is essential that schools are able to make their own decisions about what works best for their context and their teams. Instead, our school leaders agree to uphold a set of principles around Teaching & Learning, Curriculum and Leadership that ensure our academies deliver high quality teaching, an ambitious curriculum and encourage the development of leaders at all levels.
Today, Headteachers met to review and discuss these principles in practise. They shared how they had driven CPD in their schools, how they were monitored and how they could be "tweaked" to make them even more effective. A really enjoyable session!
10th November 2021
Today, Infinity Headteachers met to hear the reflections of our School Improvement Director and Teaching and Learning Lead following their recent involvement in an Ofsted Inspection at a school outside of our Trust. This experience enabled the Central Trust Team to refine their approach to supporting Infinity schools during an inspection and to provide some practical hints and tips for successfully supporting schools and their teams through the inspection process.
The update sparked a wide range of conversations and offered a huge amount of reassurance to our schools that they are doing the right things and that the Trust is here to support them.
We also heard from some of our Headteachers who had been on study visits to schools outside of the Trust and how these visits have impacted on their practise.
15th October 2021
Headteacher colleagues met to discuss their individual school curriculum models. Each school presented their curriculum intent, the key tools they are using for implementation and the methods for measuring impact.
Really impressive to see how schools and leaders are actively choosing a curriculum models that meets specifically the needs of their context and involving colleagues in the key curriculum decisions.