ATLP strengthens partnership with Department for Education

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) welcomed representatives from the Department for Education last week. The visit was an opportunity for further collaboration and networking to support collective and continuous school improvement across the region.

Matthew Simmonite, DFE MAT capacity team leader, south, and Charlotte Gardner, DFE MAT relationship manager, south sub region, are part of the West Midlands Academies Regional Delivery Group. They are part of a team, led by Regional Schools Commissioner, Christine Quinn, that supports regional school improvement. National leader of education and ATLP CEO, Richard Gill, also works with the RSC to bring about positive change in schools.

During their visit, Matthew and Charlotte met with leaders, staff and students at Arthur Terry, John Willmott and Mere Green schools. They also attended an ATLP Trust Board meeting and spent time with chair John Vickers and Richard Gill.

ATLP’s central team shared their expertise in successfully managing the core business functions of the trust, including HR, governance and finance, and business and estates.

ATLP business director, Mark Hughes (pictured centre) said:

It was a pleasure to welcome Charlotte and Matthew to the ATLP and the visit was mutually beneficial. Collaboration is the cornerstone of school improvement and by gaining this deeper understanding of each other’s roles, sharing best practice and strengthening existing links, we can drive forward our shared vision of making all schools better.”

Matthew said: “This was an  opportunity to see successful, joined up working in action and how it translates into the classroom. There was plenty to take away, which we can share with others to help improve life chances of children and young people.”

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership runs one teaching school and nine schools in Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire, including six primary schools and three secondary schools.

ATLP is also school improvement partner to another secondary school and the sponsor of another primary school. In addition, in 2018 the partnership was invited by the Department for Education to join the national Multi-Academy Trust Development Programme as a capacity giver to the newly formed Endeavour Academies Trust in Middlesbrough, in what CEO Richard Gill describes as “joint practice development.”

With five and a half thousand students, more than 900 employees and a turnover of £29 million, the MAT is growing its capacity and reputation for excellence.