At the end of the academic year 2016-17, the Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust incorporated four Academies educating around 4,300 students and employing over 700 staff with a budget in excess of £23 million. This plan sets out the strategies for 2017-18 to ensure;
- Heads of Academy can focus on teaching and learning and behaviour, as announced at the Annual FMAT Leadership Conference;
- The Central Office function will deliver ‘back office’ functions to achieve economies of scale and consistency in reporting to the Board.
- To centralise the finance function and payroll to;
- Ensure consistency and accurate reporting to the CEO and Board of Trustees;
- Remove the burden from academies, allowing them to focus on Teaching, Learning and Behaviour;
- Avoid unnecessary duplication of work.
- To introduce and embed an on-line ordering platform that provides academies and all staff with preferred providers to achieve more proficient value for money;
- To develop a three-year deficit recovery plan.
- Improve the quality of teaching by introducing and embedding a ‘Mastery Approach’;
- Introduce a Trust-wide system for monitoring the quality of teaching;
- Further develop collaboration across the FMAT;
- Develop the Behaviour Policy so that alternatives to exclusion can be introduced.
- To embed a regional hub board model incorporating consistent clerking through the Trust Secretary;
- To recruit high quality governors to sit on boards that relentlessly pursue accountability;
- To develop the role of a member.
- To streamline back office functions and operate them centrally. By the end of the academic year 2017-18, these services will operate from the Central Office;
- IT – Following the Novatia Strategic Plan and working alongside Joskos;
- Finance – Led by the COO of the Trust;
- Design – Led by the FMAT Graphic Designer;
- Communications and Marketing – Led by the PA to the CEO;
- HR – Led by the Director of HR;
- Information and Data – Led by the Information and Systems Manager;
- Governance – Led by the Trust Secretary;
- Catering – Led by an outsourced catering organisation.
FMAT GROWTH AND CAPACITY
- To grow the Trust from a cottage industry to a more sustainable model by;
- Developing a network of academies around Bournville to create a Regional Hub;
- Sponsoring and/or converting several schools in identified areas, for example Derby City, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
- To implement Performance Appraisal Targets for all senior leaders across the Trust (twenty four in Total – Heads of Academy, Deputy Heads and Assistant Headteachers) that span FMAT-wide objectives.
- To develop a deployment plan of Trust resource that links to analysis of needs at individual academies each term.
- To hold calendared meetings with senior staff across the Trust to ensure constant delivery of message.
- To develop the FMAT brand through a variety of media and marketing at key events across the West Midlands.
- To embed the FMAT JCC and open a meaningful communication channel to all trade unions.
- To rationalise policies and procedures across the Trust.