NQT Briefing Pack

NQT Briefing Pack

As a Trust, we currently comprise of Medway secondary and primary schools. We have future growth plans extending into North Kent and have been selected by the DfE and Kent County Council to open a new secondary presumption free school in Margate in September 2022. Our overarching aim and vision is for our member schools to deliver an outstanding education for children and young people. We endeavour to ensure that all our students have access to the highest standards of teaching, resources and opportunities. The Trust’s role is to oversee the leadership and vision of member schools and to develop effective and supportive partnerships between them. We have a firm belief within the Trust that every child should have access to at least a good education. We are proud that every academy inspected since joining our Trust has remained as a Good school. Temple Mill Primary School joined the Trust as a sponsored academy in December 2015 and has moved from Special Measures to a Good school. Our schools serve their own community and each has a unique identity. Being part of this Multi Academy Trust has already provided member schools with practical benefits. We want communities to be proud of their local THAT school and we are determined to make it the first choice for all families. Welcome to The Howard Academy Trust

As Chief Executive, I am enormously proud of our schools and of the leaders, governors, teachers and support staff who every day ensure our pupils enjoy and make good progress in their learning.

Owen McColgan Chief Executive The Howard Academy Trust

Vision and Values

We aim to create a close knit family of Good and Outstanding schools through partnership, challenge, accountability and support within a cooperative framework. We are committed to enhancing the life chances of young people by improving their educational achievement.

Schools within the Trust will retain their unique and individual character.

We strive for excellence and aim to bring about transformational change where necessary in schools. We are truly inclusive and aim to establish the highest expectations for young people and all those who work with them. As a Trust we have five fundamental tenets: • Our moral purpose is to make a positive difference to the lives of young people. • We strive to create a culture of dignity, respect and trust in all our academies. • There is no ceiling to achievement for young people.

• All staff have the right to exceptional professional development. • All young people have the right to attend at least a Good school.

Our Family of Schools

The Howard School 1,500 Pupils on Roll Rated Good by Ofsted Located in Rainham, Kent Deanwood Primary School 210 Pupils on Roll Rated Good by Ofsted Located in Rainham, Kent

Temple Mill Primary School 210 Pupils on Roll Rated Good by Ofsted Located in Strood, Kent Thames View Primary School 420 Pupils on Roll Rated Good by Ofsted Located in Rainham, Kent Miers Court Primary School 420 Pupils on Roll Rated Good by Ofsted Located in Rainham, Kent

The Howard School

Temple Mill Primary School

Deanwood Primary School

Thames View Primary School

Waterfront UTC 170 Pupils on Roll Located in Gillingham, Kent

Waterfront UTC

Miers Court Primary School

Further information about our academies can be found at www.thatrust.org.uk

The Howard Academy Trust values employees that work for our organisation. The following benefits are available to employees within our academies. Working for The Howard Academy Trust


• Salary • Pension • Sick Pay

Family Friendly

• Maternity, paternity and adoption leave • Parental and dependent care leave • Flexible working

Hear from staff across the Trust

Employee Benefits - Permanent Contracted Employees & Fixed Term

• Employee Assistance Programme • Flu Jabs • Discounted Gym Membership

Professional Development • Access to Middle and Senior Leadership Courses • Role specific training courses for Associate Staff • Career stage CPD


Development We believe that all staff have the right to exceptional professional development. The case studies below highlight the successes of some of our staff members, many of whom started their THAT journey as NQTs.

Alison Mulrooney The Howard School

Joined us as: NQT

Current Position: Head of English

Lauren Anglin The Howard School

Joined us as: NQT

Current Position: Assistant Headteacher

Victoria Riddell The Howard School

Joined us as: Teaching Assistant

Current Position: Deputy Head of Year

Emma Thornton Deanwood Primary School

“I am Year 2 Teacher and Early Years and KS1 Leader. I came here as an NQT in 2010. In my second year of teaching, I got asked if I wanted to look at SENCO. I developed my role by shadowing the previous SENCO and also going back to Uni and doing my qualification to get my accreditation to be a qualified SENCO as well.“

Becky Leng Temple Mill Primary School

“Initially I did my NQT year, and they have tried to develop me as much as possible. I’ve been on lots of courses to develop my understanding of how to teach the curriculum in lots of ways. I’ve been made Science Lead, Geography Lead, so I’ve had that leadership role. They put me on a Middle Leaders course. I feel a lot more confident in taking an initiative and running with it.“

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