Our five strategic aims are:
- All AST schools are outstanding in every Ofsted category
- The creation of a national family of schools
- All services provided by the Trust to schools are excellent
- The AST family make a positive contribution to the country's school system
- AST provides outstanding leadership in spiritual and ethics based education
Strategic Aim (i)
The new Ofsted Framework is the benchmark by which we monitor and assess our progress. Trust staff and consultants carry out support visits, audits and mini-inspections to ensure that the Trust is fully aware of the current level of each school in each of the Ofsted categories and that the best possible support and challenge is provided to each of our schools to accelerate progress towards outstanding and beyond.
Strategic Aim (ii)
The Trust maintains and keeps under regular review a pipeline of new school proposals. The current status, next steps and projected start date are reviewed to ensure that we are well prepared for the new schools that join our family and that our growth is optimal in terms of rate, location and nature of offering.
Strategic Aim (iii)
The Trust provides a set of central services from within the Trust staff, and brokers and quality assures a small number of critical external providers across the family of schools, such as IT and HR advice. All of these services are kept under review to ensure that they are both excellent and best value. Regular (sometimes anonymous) feedback is sought from schools to ensure that the end-user satisfaction with the various services is high.
Strategic Aim (iv)
The Trust is committed to contributing to the development of the nation’s school system. This will be delivered through partnership working with DfE, Government agencies, local authorities, Teaching Schools, individual and groups of schools, universities and other organisations working in education. The Trust aims to develop its own Teaching School status with associated partner organisations. The Trust will actively seek feedback from our partners on the quality of our work and how we can improve and extend it. The Trust will contribute to the heart of the nation’s school system and will build a future pipeline of educators for its own schools and others.
Strategic Aim (v)
The distinctive ethos of the Trust is manifest in the Ethics & Philosophy curriculum and in Collective Worship. The Trust will seek to become a thought leader in these areas with a view to developing a unique and accredited programme for spiritual and ethics based education. The courses will incorporate universal spirituality and the Eastern classics, both in an innovative and engaging way, thus preparing students with a truly global perspective. The courses will be offered to Trust and third-party schools. The Trust will seek feedback on the quality of its work in this area by actively seeking feedback from users of its programmes.