Our Priorities

Trust Improvement Plan 2018-2021

Our overarching strategic goal is to consolidate our academic successes across our schools and to ready ourselves for possible further expansion during this next year.

We will achieve this by working towards the following strategic priorities and goals:

Strategic Priority 1: Young people and Learning (NSAT, Curriculum, Staff)

The highest standards of academic excellence and inclusion will inform our delivery of an innovative and purposeful education for all children and young people


  • A culture of positive accountability pervades all NSAT schools matched with a ‘no excuses’ ethos – there is no ceiling to the ambitions the Trust has for the young people in its care
  • The NSAT school improvement strategy is understood and owned by all relevant stakeholders
  • An innovative, comprehensive and progressive curriculum (academic, enrichment and extra-curricular) develops robust learning skills, habits and competencies in all our young people
  • Leverage leadership: attract, nurture, retain and sustain leadership capacity and invest in a dynamic, collegiate, engaged and innovative educational workforce
  • Northern Lights Teaching School and SCITT are Centres of Excellence that support NSAT leadership to stay connected and learn from other schools and the collective wisdom of the wider system

Strategic Priority 2: Learning environment (Place, climate and community relationships)


  • A Building/estate master plan for each NSAT Hub school guides Capital Funding expenditure
  • Space across all school estates is optimised to support real-world learning, curriculum provision and pastoral care, guidance and support
  • Strong social norms and positive behaviours are upheld – NSAT is a happy environment to work in
  • Strong and robust relationships with parents/carers and local communities exist in all schools and parents know their opinion matters

Strategic Priority 3: Sustainability

NSAT will be strategic and measured about both educational, environmental and financial sustainability. We will foster fiscal stewardship and transparency. We will maintain momentum and drive ongoing progress over time.


  • Refined and developed data systems support the Trust to design strategy around student admissions, curriculum, staffing and income generation
  • Clear and consistent systems support the Trust to carry out forensic data analysis and use data and assessment efficiently and effectively to inform each individual school’s improvement strategy and actions
  • A system leadership strategy builds depth in leadership and governance, supports leadership and governance development and capacity at all levels among teaching and associate staff
  • A highly robust risk and control framework and policy framework covering full range of risks, e.g. operational, financial, etc. underpins strategic decision making.

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