How We Work
At REAch2 we are passionate about system-led change – our Trust is built upon the principle of primary schools supporting primary schools. We are very open in our approach and readily share our resources and thinking both within the family and with our neighbouring schools. REAch2 is committed to leading by example and lives by its unswerving commitment to integrity, transparency and excellence.
Setting this example for children will enable them to flourish and get the most from their school experience; as this is key to their success we will always be accountable, we will never make excuses and we will openly answer for all our actions. The Trust proactively engages with our parents and the local communities. It is continually seeking ways to improve and enhance our education and support service capabilities.
What is REAch2’s model for school improvement?
REAch2 Academy Trust originated from the successful school improvement and partnership work led by Hillyfield Primary Academy in Waltham Forest in East London. Since its inception in 2012, the Trust has grown from one London-based primary academy to circa 60 academies open to date.
The Trust’s approach is based on the national support school model and within the Trust there is significant expertise and a strong track record in supporting and working with schools in a variety of contexts. This support has included a range of strategies and models for school improvement. These typically include fixed term federations, executive headships, acting headships, leadership coaching and school-to-school support at every level.
REAch2 is seeking to further develop this approach as it expands. Through the new cluster model, introduced in September 2019, headed up by two Directors of Education with a Deputy Director of Education responsible for each of the ten clusters, the Trust strives to generate the necessary capacity and expertise in order to sustain and develop the performance of all its academies. At the same time all schools, staff and children within the Trust benefit from a strong ethos of support and collaboration across the national REAch2 family – including opportunities for enhanced continuous professional development for staff, access to a range of central support services, informed peer-to-peer accountability and review, and the sharing of expertise and joint practice development.
How much autonomy do schools within REAch2 retain?
REAch2 academies are each at the centre of their own local communities. It is very important that each school has the opportunity and the freedom to respond to the needs of parents and children and create their own local solutions. As a family of academies, we celebrate diversity and individuality. We understand that no school or community is the same; however we have the same high expectations of everyone in the Trust and believe that, with the support of the REAch2 family, every academy must provide a great learning experience for the children.
How is the Trust ensuring it is growing sustainably?
An essential principle of the Trust is sustainable growth and ensuring that the necessary capacity and expertise is in place to deliver continual educational improvements. To deliver capacity, operational integrity and best value for public money, the Trust has developed a clear model of organisational structure and function for the fully formed organisation.