Ethos & Values
1 / About Endeavour
Endeavour Multi Academy Trust is determined to rigorously follow the Nolan Principles of Public Office. We have also made a decision to become a path finder with the National Governance Associations launch of their Leadership in Education Initiative Programme. We have ensured that all our schemes of delegation and terms of references reflect this practice when making decisions in the managing of our organisation. All our policies and contracts will also reflect this ethical practice. We understand that we are responsible for the use of tax payer’s money so it is important that we demonstrate the qualities that are set out below.
On the homepage of the website you will find a box in the top right corner that is entitled ‘TELL US BUT HELP US’. This is for all stakeholders to inform us if, as the title suggests, we have either made mistakes or can do something better. We are wanting to use this form to expose any areas where we may not be operating within these principles. We will respond to every communication from this document.
Below you will find the framework and its principles;
FRAMEWORK FOR ETHICAL LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION
The Ethical Framework for Educational Leadership is based upon the seven principles of public life. These are called the Nolan Principles.
Selflessness School and college leaders should act solely in the interest of children and young people.
Integrity School and college leaders must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. Before acting and taking decisions, they must declare and resolve openly any perceived conflict of interest and relationships.
Objectivity School and college leaders must act and take decisions impartially and fairly, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias. Leaders should be dispassionate, exercising judgement and analysis for the good of children and young people.
Accountability School and college leaders are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
Openness School and college leaders should expect to act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from scrutiny unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
Honesty School and college leaders should be truthful.
Leadership School and college leaders should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles, and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs. Leaders include both those who are paid to lead schools and colleges and those who volunteer to govern them.
Schools and colleges serve children and young people and help them grow into fulfilled and valued citizens. As role models for the young, how we behave as leaders is as important as what we do. Leaders should show leadership through the following personal characteristics or virtues:
Trust leaders are trustworthy and reliable. We hold trust on behalf of children and should be beyond reproach. We are honest about our motivations.
Wisdom leaders use experience, knowledge and insight. We use experience, knowledge, insight, understanding and good sense to make sound judgements. We demonstrate restraint and self-awareness, act calmly and rationally, exercise moderation and propriety as we serve our schools and colleges wisely.
Kindness leaders demonstrate respect, generosity of spirit, understanding and good temper. We give difficult messages humanely where conflict is unavoidable.
Justice leaders are fair and work for the good of all children. We work fairly for the good of children from all backgrounds. We seek to enable all young people to lead useful, happy and fulfilling lives.
Service leaders are conscientious and dutiful. We demonstrate humility and self-control, supporting the structures and rules which safeguard quality. Our actions protect high-quality education.
Courage leaders work courageously in the best interests of children and young people. We protect their safety and their right to a broad, effective and creative education. We hold one another to account courageously.
Optimism leaders are positive and encouraging. Despite difficulties and pressures, we are developing excellent education to change the world for the better.
11 / ENDEAVOUR MULTI ACADEMY TRUST
We encourage and support everyone in our learning community to be the best they can be. It matters. We operate within strict ethical and equitable guidelines.
Our community fosters leadership, equity, diversity and respect. We encourage our learners to recognise their own abilities but also their challenges.
For our Young Learners
It is an adventure rich with opportunities for lifelong learning, personal development, achievement and enjoyment.
For our Schools
We are a forward-looking organisation. We seek to ensure that each school’s individual character and spirit is celebrated and protected. It is our partnerships with other schools and organisations that enhances the quality of the provision we offer.
Our Strategic Objectives, delivered through the School and Trust leadership:
(A) For Our Learners:
- We promote leadership at all ages.
- All our young people enjoy their learning and aspire to achieve their very best.
- We tailor our curriculum offers to the needs and interests of the learner. This can be through traditional routes or with bespoke combinations.
- We keep our learners safe.
- We listen and support our learners through their highs and lows.
- The well designed Personal Development curriculum allows our young people to access opportunities and to celebrate their differences within, across and outside our schools.
- Behaviour and attitudes to learning are excellent.
- Regular attendance is non-negotiable.
- Young people are taught about domestic finance and will have an awareness of the skills required within a business environment.
- We encourage our young people to share opinions about their educational journey and experience. We listen and, where necessary, act.
- Our students will be shown clear examples of the difference between equality and equity and how this translates to real life situations.
(B) For Our Staff:
- They will ensure that all young people experience a high quality of curriculum content that is well tailored, logical and up to date.
- They will implement their planning with clear intent and will adapt learning taking into consideration young people’s cultural capital.
- Their assessment will help the learners reflect on their work in order to improve and gain maximum impact.
- The staff will benefit from personalised CPD in order to improve the learner’s journey.
- They have a high quality of SEND expertise.
- Opportunities are enabled for staff across the Trust to develop their skills and widen their knowledge.
- Performance Management is both supportive and challenging.
- Staff welfare is monitored to ensure they experience a healthy work/life balance.
- Teaching staff will understand the difference between equality and equity and demonstrate this in their planning.
(C) For Our Leaders & Governors:
- There is an ambitious vision and culture for continuous improvement across all schools.
- Excellent leadership and governance across the Trust is a high priority.
- Safeguarding is at the heart of what we do.
- We strive to achieve value for money.
- We have systems in place to ensure that excellent progress is made.
- We manage our budget effectively and efficiently to ensure financial support is provided/targeted where it has the most impact on our learners.
- The growth and shape of our Trust is carefully managed to ensure we maintain its quality and capacity.
- Policies and practices are consistently designed with ethical principles at their heart.
- We are an outward facing Trust that is always looking at ways to improve.
- We encourage Governor and Trustee development through our strong relationship with the National Governors Association (NGA).
- We will always support local schools that are not members of our academy.
- Equity is as important to us as equality.
The Trust’s Ambition:
1. All education establishments will be welcomed. We aim to achieve a balance of ages, phases and types of school.
2. We will involve parents and carers at every stage of our young person’s journey. A positive relationship with the young person’s home is critical to success.
2 / Our Vision
Learning within the family of the Endeavour Multi Academy Trust schools is an adventure rich with opportunities for lifelong learning, personal development, achievement and enjoyment. All learners are given the opportunity to take an active role in the leadership of the school, encouraging them to value themselves and recognise their own abilities and challenges. We encourage classroom environments that foster equality, diversity, respect and positive relationships. Personalised curriculums give learners the knowledge, skills, values and life skills they need to create their own successes as thoughtful and confident individuals enabling them to make successful transitions into adulthood and the world of work.
Endeavour Multi Academy Trust is an outward and dynamic organisation that embraces the new whilst retaining great pride in its bespoke academic and vocational curriculums. It is our partnership with other establishments and organisations that greatly enhances the quality of the provision offered.
We are a forward-looking organisation and our success is founded on leadership being integrated and promoted at all levels. We have a culture that has a clear vision with ambition and achievement at its heart.
3 / Our Ethos
We have systems in place to ensure excellent progress is achieved.
We pursue excellence in leadership at every level.
We ensure that all students experience a high quality of teaching.
We improve learning experiences and achievements in teaching and learning by providing good quality and well targeted professional development.
We make full use of collaborative opportunities between Endeavour Multi Academy Trust schools and other partners to improve the educational outcomes and experiences for our learners.
We manage our budget effectively and efficiently to ensure financial support is provided where it has the most impact for the learner.
We operate our business with strong ethical principles.
We follow National Governance Association (NGA) good practice guidance and strive to become a national lead in this area.
We ensure that students have skills in domestic finance and develop business awareness.
Career awareness is an integral part of our curriculum delivery both in secondary and primary settings.
We ensure the curriculum is well matched to students needs and is both challenging and aspirational.
We seek to ensure that each school’s individual character and spirit is celebrated and protected.
4 / High Priority Development Needs
- Change systems to accommodate company house requirements.
- Train admin staff in new procedures and protocols.
- Recruit/adjust staffing when needs have been identified.
- Develop governance and expertise.
- Ongoing review of SLAs and services to provide better value for money.
- Target individual school for capital development
- Target and prioritise individual schools for revenue needs
- Develop website and become an outside facing organisation.
- Prepare for a NGA assessment
- Develop processes to enable staff to share good practice.
- Develop a central policy bank and identify local policies required.
- Assess the need of a central base for Endeavour as the academy grows.
- CEO to lead in local/Staffordshire SEND prototype.
- Performance measurements KPIs identified at school and MAT level (To include financial targets)
- Endeavour brand to be established and advertised.
- Target the growth of the MAT to 5 schools in two years.
- Performance management system to be adjusted to target Endeavour employees.
9 / Trust Future Development
Please click on the link below to view a copy of our Development Plan