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Academy Improvement Programme

Our shared aim is to ensure the best possible quality of learning experience in all schools by encouraging a strong partnership between The Heath Family and all schools in the Trust – balancing the statutory duties of the MAT for performance with the autonomy of each institution.  

The Heath Family (NW) currently employs the services of two Strategic Academy Improvement Leads (SAILs); one Primary Lead and one Secondary Lead.  Our SAILs co-ordinate links and promote collaboration between The Heath Teaching School and its associates, schools across the Multi-Academy Trust, school Principals and leaders, and the Academy Improvement Partners, by:


  • providing challenge and support for senior leadership teams in the schools; 
  • providing analysis of information and completion of the impact framework for all schools in the MAT (primary or secondary);
  • maintaining current, accurate understanding of each schools’ status and progress;
  • providing a school improvement link between all schools within the MAT, facilitating and promoting opportunities for shared activities and/or collaboration;
  • advising on the MAT’s school improvement capacity to inform growth decisions;
  • providing information to governing bodies on their school’s performance and development.


Each school is also assigned a credible and trusted Academy Improvement Partner (AIP).  AIPs work with school Principals to support, challenge and evaluate their impact on pupil outcomes, including narrowing gaps in attainment for vulnerable groups, and identifying priorities for improvement.

If this approach to school improvement is successful we will see firm evidence of:


  • principals valuing the quality of input from the SAILs and their assigned AIP;
  • local Governing Bodies being supported and challenged in their role as critical friend to school Principals;
  • schools sharing intelligence on the quality of support services available in the wider market;
  • effective practices being transferred between schools;
  • minimal bureaucracy, so that professional time is maximised for work with schools;
  • a fair and equitable allocation of resources available for supporting schools, including those that need more;
  • more timely and effective intervention with schools that may be vulnerable, so that no academy enters an Ofsted category without prior support and challenge;
  • better outcomes for children and young people over time.
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The best thing about being a student at The Heath is that all the teachers care and push you to do your best so you do well in life and later in school. Also if you have an issue it is always sorted out by either your form tutor or caring teachers.

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