Greater Manchester Academies Trust
Manchester, United Kingdom
About Greater Manchester Academies Trust
The Greater Manchester Academies Trust (GMAT) formed in 2016 and currently supports 2 academies, Manchester Communication Academy (MCA) and Manchester Communication Primary Academy (MCPA) and a Teacher Training provider, North Manchester Initial Teacher Training Programme (NMITTP), in North Manchester. In 2019, MCA was awarded National Research School status.
Our vision is that through excellent staff, deep social impact and a curriculum that inspires, our children will be prepared for a future unknown.
Their story is unwritten, their future untold, they will succeed.
GMAT serves an area of significant social disadvantage and all policy and procedures support deep social impact with the aim of supporting transformational change for our students, their family and their community.
As part of a coherent vision to act together in a deep partnership, the trust is formed with a Trust Board, an Executive Principal, and an Executive Leadership team including a Headteacher at MCA and MCPA. The senior leaders of the Trust’s academies are determined to improve the educational outcomes of all the children and young people it is directly responsible for. This will only be achieved through the recruitment and retention of a high quality and committed workforce. To this end the Trust is aspiring to become the employer of first choice within the area. We intend to develop, implement and embed a recruitment and retention strategy based on a positive ethos within all our academies, delivering workload reform, outstanding professional development, evidenced informed practice and enhanced career opportunities for staff. This plan, we believe, will have a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning, removing barriers to achievement and enhancing educational outcomes.
We have strong, eﬀective and professional governance reﬂecting local, regional and global business and education partners.
Manchester Communication Academy
Manchester Communication Academy has been open since September 2010 and currently has 1200 students, the highest number since opening. Progress outcomes have a 4 year trend of average or above average (2016-2019).
Progress 8. The most recent OFSTED inspection reviewed MCA as Good in all areas with and outstanding judgement for personal wellbeing (April 2019).
Manchester Communication Primary Academy
Manchester Communication Primary Academy opened in a new building in September 2015 and currently has over 400 children, including a nursery. MCPA was inspected by OFSTED in September 2017 and was judged Good in all areas.
North Manchester Initial Teacher Training Partnership [SCITT]
North Manchester ITT Partnership is a School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) organisation, the purpose of which is to train, develop and assess trainee teachers towards qualified teacher status. NMITTP was awarded
ITT status in 2014 and works with a range of partner schools to support the pipeline of committed professionals to North Manchester and beyond.
Manchester Communication Research School
The Research Schools Network is a partnership between the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) and the Department for Education. There are 32 Research Schools which provide school-led support for the use of evidence to improve teaching practice. Manchester Communication Academy was awarded Research School status in 2019, the only school in the north west to achieve this. Our role will include sharing and disseminating the very best of evidence-based practice to schools and teachers across the north west whilst supporting schools and Teaching Schools in the region.
We are supportive, not prescriptive and empowered by deep social insight
More information about Manchester Communication Research School can be found at https://researchschool.org.uk/manchester/ where you can sign up to receive our monthly newsletter (https://mailchi.mp/9afdcd06c4f3/research-school-newsletter). You can also follow what the Research School is up to on twitter @ManComRS
At GMAT we will deliver excellent provision for our students, their families and community and our staff. We aim to bring equality of educational experience to every student in order to maximise outcomes for all.
Our students will:
•be physically, socially, emotionally safe and healthy
•be asset rich and resilient to the effects of area and personal disadvantage
•make good or better academic progress a teach key stage of their education
•be able to secure the employment opportunities of their choice
•be able to contribute to the community
Our families and the wider community make an important contribution throughout GMAT. They access our outstanding facilities and the diverse programme of social and learning opportunities. Their involvement underpins our community strategy.
Our staff will achieve the highest professional standards, continuously developing their skills and experience through high quality research, training and innovation. We will ensure that their working conditions allow them to be happy and fulfilled at GMAT.
To provide high quality teaching & learning through a supportive framework for academic success which engages local communities, mitigates the effects of disadvantage and positively impacts social mobility
Our ambition is to provide the highest quality education for children and young people in the urban context of Manchester. We believe passionately in the power of an excellent education to transform lives and futures and feel that we can build on our social investment activities, local knowledge, community relationships and strong partnerships to make this happen. We seek to be the place of first choice for children to learn and staff to work. Through an extensive challenging curriculum and best practice in teaching and learning, informed by research and the experiences of our staff, we will enhance children’s life chances by maximising their educational outcomes. The Trust’s ability to look and work cross phase will enable us to become a centre of excellence in transition. We will invest in families, develop strong curriculum and pedagogy to ensure enhanced progression in children’s learning from the primary to the secondary phase.
We will embrace the opportunity to take responsibility for a child’s education throughout their whole school life, providing them with the best opportunity for a successful future.
· We are committed to excellence, supporting the ambitions of young people and their families
· We work in partnership with our local community and local schools to improve life chances for all
· We aim to deliver transformational deep social impact
· We are trustworthy, helpful and straightforward whilst inspiring others and demonstrating heart
Our Strategic Ambitions
By 2022 all of our academies will:
· Achieve the best possible outcomes for all of our learners through high quality teaching and learning and effective family support
· Offer a shared engaging curriculum to meet the needs of students and employers both now and in the future
· Be a great place to work with the best professional development and career opportunities · Achieve recognition locally, regionally and nationally
· Impact on disadvantage through a systemic approach to social investment · Grow and sustain a MAT built on transparency and integrity
· Enable students to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the Northern Gateway
By 2022 our Goal is to:
Ensure our children thrive and achieve.
Recruit and retain excellent staff and deliver a high quality evidence informed approach to professional development.
Expand GMAT to improve life chances for a wider population by reaching more pupils and their communities; and leverage better value and increased economies for shared services
Take a look at 'The MCA Way' blog which reflects on the daily goings on at MCA and the elements of our Academy that make us unique and brilliant.- https://themcaway.wordpress.com/
Follow the Research School on twitter @ManComRS or view our newsletter- https://mailchi.mp/9afdcd06c4f3/research-school-newsletter