Aim Academies Trust

AIM Alliance Schools – one year on

It is with a great sense of pride and amazement that I look back on the achievements of the last twelve months since AIM Alliance Schools was formed. Throughout the first year of the alliance we have remained true to our core values.  As a result, it is clear to see the huge benefits it brings to the member schools.

A cornerstone of the AIM Alliance Schools is to nurture and develop those who aspire to, or are in, leadership roles.  AIM Alliance Schools have trained 24 students on both the NPQ Middle and Senior Leadership courses this academic year, one student commented, “As a senior leader, the theoretical nature of the course has meshed very well with the practical day-to-day challenges that I face, allowing for practical application of the theory.  The course is well led and designed, and is making me a better teacher, and leader."

Our commitment to training is not focused upon leadership but also teacher training and we are very proud to have maintained the 100% pass rate for our School Direct Trainees established by NITSA.

With school budgets remaining a struggle to balance, sharing knowledge and expertise has been a huge benefit for our members. The change in legislation in May which introduced GDPR was a challenge for many schools to fully implement. The alliance provides a DPO service which includes an initial ‘health-check’, six-monthly audits and GDPR-ready policies and advice which has been invaluable to many schools. The formation of the Procurement Consortium has started to generate savings for our schools and will be fundamental to our plans moving forward.

Due to the outstanding services we provide, AIM Alliance Schools has expanded in the last year with 20 members currently. There are so many ways schools need to be supported and the alliance is always looking to develop to serve the needs of our members, whilst ensuring high standards are maintained. We look forward to the challenges and opportunities this new academic year will provide.

Angela Trigg

Strategic Lead AIM Alliance Schools