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Additional funding secured

Following a successful bid, The Corinuim Education Trust has secured additional funding from the MAT Improvement and Development Fund (MDIF).  This will give the newly formed multi-academy trust a significant boost and will help accelerate plans for school improvement.

Chiquita Henson, CEO, prepared the bid in conjunction with other school leaders, the application for additional funding focused on further improving the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across all schools within The Corinium Education Trust. It reflected the Trust’s school improvement model which is based on strong leadership, effective collaboration and a rigorous and on-going cycle of self-evaluation.

‘The value of schools coming together is that we can improve together. We are very pleased that our ambitions for success have been supported by the MAT Development and Improvement Fund. This support will enable us to even further enhance the quality of what the Corinium Education Trust offers for young people.’ Graham Russell, Chair of Trustees.

The specific focus for this school improvement plan is on the leadership of teaching, learning and assessment and is informed by the work of Michael Fullan (‘Leading in a culture of change’, 2001). Individual schools within The Corinium Education Trust are resilient and reflective: with hope, energy and enthusiasm and by building relationships, understanding change and achieving coherence the Trust’s school leaders aim to ensure ‘more good things happen and fewer bad things happen’.


The Corinium Education Trust’s school improvement model, based on a rigorous and on-going cycle of self-evaluation and a commitment to tightly timed ‘plan, do, review and audit’, will help the leadership team drive and deliver the vision for the quality of education at every school within the trust by:


  • Engaging actively in research for learning;

  • Developing a coherent and regular cycle of lesson reviews undertaken by leaders and teachers;

  • Exploring the principles of ‘lesson study’ and tailoring it to our local contexts;

  • Training would-be inspectors, critical partners, peer reviewers and a team of cross phase learning coaches.


‘I am absolutely thrilled our bid for additional funding to support our schools was successful. Our emphasis on building capacity in our first year will ensure that our school improvement activities are deeply embedded across our MAT, and are sustainable and effective. To aid communication across the MAT and help us disseminate best practice and share successes, we also plan to create an interactive portal which will be accessible to all members of our learning community.’ Chiquita Henson, CEO.