Mark Bailie explains why teachers and support staff are the key to our success and how we support them to achieve the best outcomes for the children at Finham Park MAT.
The education our children receive is only as good as the staff who work in our schools! At Finham Park Multi Academy Trust we strive to provide a World Class education for children and we know that all our colleagues, both teaching and support staff, are dedicated to achieving this and ensuring every child has ‘the time of their lives’ whilst at school – this applies to adults too! Colleagues that work with us are inspired by making a difference and we are here to offer support and advice at every stage of your career to make this possible.
We support colleagues in many ways. We have developed a very broad, personalised portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities that support you throughout your career with us – this continues to grow every year; working with our schools to offer opportunities in a range of contexts, and with our wider partnership across Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands region. We currently offer five training days and an additional MAT training day every year.
We also have an experienced, strong and supportive leadership structure across the organisation – from central MAT support services such as Human Resources to those in our schools. We value leadership with ‘grace’ and ‘kindness’ – two values that are sometimes in short supply in the modern world of education.
As we continue to grow, we are developing career pathways for individuals so you can continue to develop your career and have access to development opportunities, in different contexts if this is required, without needing to move to a new employer.
Sadly, the lack of a work-life balance is something that has led many excellent teachers and support staff to leave our profession. However we believe we buck the trend in this respect, continuing to work with our colleagues to achieve a balance between work and life outside school.
In summary, our colleagues are the most important asset we have. We are always keen to welcome new and experienced staff to Finham Park Multi Academy Trust to ensure that our schools thrive and continue to provide the best outcomes for children.
Mark Bailie - Executive Headteacher