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Nearly 90% of pupils get good or better education at ELT

Enquire Learning Trust is one of the largest primary-only academy trusts in England

Posted by Julian Owen | April 27, 2018 | Teaching

One of the biggest primary-only academy trusts in England, Wakefield-based Enquire Learning Trust (ELT), has announced that 86.6 per cent of its pupils are receiving a 'good' or better standard of education.

The announcement comes after a string of Ofsted inspections in the last few weeks.  For most of the schools inspected, it was their first since becoming part of ELT, currently operating 26 academies from northern three hubs.

ELT was stablished in 2013, by Darren Holmes (pictured above), Chief Executive and Ronnie Woods, Director of Learning and Innovation. The Trust's Roseberry Primary and Keelby Primary maintained their ‘good’ judgments; Linden Road Academy in Manchester received a ‘good’ after struggling for several years with judgments of ‘requires improvement’ (RI) and at one stage, ‘special measures’ before joining ELT; while Elliston Primary in Humberside was awarded 'outstanding' – it was judged ‘requires improvement’ at its last inspection in 2013.

Laceby Acres Primary in Humberside, another 'outstanding' school, also recently received a letter from the Minister of State for School Standards, the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, offering congratulations  on the school’s high level of progress in reading and writing; it is now placed in the top two per cent of schools in England for KS1 and KS2 progress.

The latest stats show an improvement of some 17.6% when compared to figures available on conversion.  At that time, one school was' inadequate', six were RI, 18 were 'good' and one was 'outstanding'.  Today, there are no 'inadequate' schools, only three are RI, 18 are 'good' and five 'outstanding' schools in ELT’s portfolio; collectively, a further 1,450 ELT pupils are receiving a good or better education than previously.

Typically, an ELT pupil will be 20 per cent below the national average on entry and will leave 6 per cent above."

Commenting on these latest figures, Darren Holmes said: “As we’ve grown, it’s been essential to constantly re-evaluate the way we operate so we could take on more schools, feeling confident that we had a strong infrastructure in place to support us. We are aiming for 30+ academies in the long term.

We have expanded our central team - which currently stands at 19 - and offer a range of 32 operational services to our schools, including the introduction of a model of governance and scheme of delegation, the provision of HR support and an academy-wide improvement strategy.

We also developed a series of three regional hubs so that schools could share best practice and expertise locally, which helps to facilitate our Enquiry Programme, allowing schools to share resources and costs.

Typically, an ELT pupil will be 20 per cent below the national average on entry and will leave 6 per cent above. Children must leave us being more curious to learn than when they arrived. Some of our children are achieving great things and our teaching staff are achieving miracles – we use Twitter to share the good news at a school level.

Our operational model sees the core team moving around schools all the time – we are very visible. For example, I spend 85 per cent of my time working with headteachers on their quality of provision, their school improvement plans and improving capacity.

There is something profoundly important about primary education. If we get it right, children will reap the benefit of that for the rest of their lives. Every day we are enacting our vision, striving to get it right and aiming to change lives.”

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