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21/05/24

* Geography Teacher vacancy *MPS/UPS - Full TimeStart date: September 2024Closing date: 9am on Wednesday 22 May 2024https://t.co/NbeRRe6gUf#stalbansjobs pic.twitter.com/uiyGovEsNS

21/05/24

iPads were being utilised in Year 7 maths class to help with revision in preparation for end of year assessments happening this week. pic.twitter.com/45qtnOiDeO

21/05/24

Robert Barclay Academy have a rare and exciting opportunity for someone who wants to help shape the direction of the Maths department.More information can be found by clicking the linkhttps://t.co/5wTqJZ3mNE pic.twitter.com/dXcxfB8cSJ

21/05/24

* English Teacher vacancy *MPS/UPS - Full/Part Time Start date: September 2024 Closing date: 9am, Wednesday 22 May 2024https://t.co/jU68BxJJOp#stalbansjobs pic.twitter.com/ZWBo1K5Ivj

21/05/24

We are looking for a hardworking, ambitious, dynamic teacher to join Us as an Asst. Head of English.You will be an outstanding practitioner with desire, energy & drive to further improve standards of achievement & ensure teaching is of the highest quality across all key stages pic.twitter.com/8u99MPVkdz

20/05/24

Year 7 loved monoprinting for the first time today! pic.twitter.com/lI9d79Kbct

20/05/24

Year 1 have been focusing on our value of the month - tolerance. They made posters all about themselves and discovered we are all different with different hobbies, ideas, beliefs, likes and traditions. We all look different too. Tolerance is respecting these differences. pic.twitter.com/FY4wx6JEpw

20/05/24

Huge congratulations to Yr9 student Michael who captained the Herts County Football team to victory in the South East England final on Saturday played at Maidstone Utd. Michael also scored the winning penalty to secure a close victory versus Kent. ⚽️🏆 pic.twitter.com/c16WDhzcVy

20/05/24

Our final talented photographers claiming their prizes pic.twitter.com/5hDnUOJqrj

20/05/24

We are looking for an enthusiastic and practical person for the role of Site Assistant at Robert Barclay Academy.Come and join our fabulous team by clicking on the link for further information.https://t.co/xBv00fHlZG pic.twitter.com/7g4EPyV5sm

20/05/24

An exciting opportunity has recently arisen and we are seeking to appoint a hardworking, ambitious and dynamic teacher to be Head of our increasingly popular 6th Form.Please click on the link for further informationhttps://t.co/XX4X8WjbN2 pic.twitter.com/68qP7CULUr

17/05/24

Some amazing students have set up an ‘Unlitter the Planet Club’ - they go out at lunchtime and pick up any stray litter blown onto the school campus to help the environment, and in particular animals, whom the litter harms. Well done! pic.twitter.com/QphBOsSEmI

17/05/24

Join us for the summer session of our Geography network CPD on 13th June. Sign up here: https://t.co/1Z9JWLQwqB pic.twitter.com/2hULwhDO61

17/05/24

* Vacancies *Consider Scholars' Education Trust as your next employer for their track record of school improvement, strong values, openness to new ideas, and commitment to providing education that prepares students for the future.https://t.co/BNn5ZN2gkI pic.twitter.com/s029APtdhK

17/05/24

* Vacancy *DEPUTY IT DIRECTORDue to expansion of the Trust, an exciting opportunity has arisen to appoint a Deputy IT Director – IT Support Manager to work alongside our experienced IT Director and his team.To find out more and to apply:https://t.co/BNn5ZN2gkI pic.twitter.com/hzFS34zNCA

16/05/24

Year 5 had a great Geography lesson this week focused on the process of erosion and weathering, linked to their learning on the formation of The Grand Canyon. 🇺🇸🌏They really enjoyed creating a model and seeing what happened when ‘rainfall’ occurred 💧 pic.twitter.com/KEYir1Br1E

16/05/24

Thank you, Mark the science for spending the afternoon w year 4. We have learnt lots about teeth. pic.twitter.com/UBMsZJuoDu

16/05/24

Wellies at the ready! It’s geography fieldtrip day for our Y10 geographers in the beautiful Epping Forest pic.twitter.com/6RQi5ZDVpB

16/05/24

A huge THANK YOU to our Buntingford PTA for providing us with our caterpillars. We have loved watching them transform into butterflies! KS1 & KS2 enjoyed releasing theirs. EYFS are still waiting for a few to emerge ☺️ 🦋 pic.twitter.com/vDGIVEboon

16/05/24

Year 4 and 5 had a fantastic fencing taster session on Wednesday. They thoroughly enjoyed it and loved trying something new. A big thank you to Miss Demain for organising this opportunity pic.twitter.com/eNX1I6FD4e

15/05/24

An amazing morning for our Year 4, 5, and 7 students as they participated in a masterclass! En garde for new skills and teamwork! pic.twitter.com/2D5jQhrFTg

15/05/24

The mock trial with is well under way and the Year 12 students involved are putting their cases forward and interrogating the witnesses. Some brilliant persuasive arguments as the students brought the courtroom drama to life! pic.twitter.com/vkRJ1QBUgI

15/05/24

Y5’s Dahl class visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Luton today to have a hands on experience witnessing the beautiful religion of Sikhism. pic.twitter.com/14N2LijcqK

15/05/24

Four lucky winners of a competition run by are preparing their cases for a mock trial taking place later today. The Year 12 students are working hard on their opening statements, identifying evidence, deciphering case themes and case questions. Good Luck! pic.twitter.com/PVZWBLFWuv

15/05/24

* Food Technician vacancy *15 hours per week: term-time onlyMonday and Tuesday: 8am - 4pm (working hours can be discussed at interview)Actual Salary: £7,900Start: September 2024https://t.co/TpD6ED610b#stalbansjobs pic.twitter.com/BbteVaH5C3

Central Operational Services

Operations Support

The central team is led by Hazel Wale, an established educational professional with vast experience in the operational functions within schools. She leads a highly trained team based on an “Ask the Expert” model whereby specialists are in post to support the workings of the schools and the Trust in a range of key areas.

The central hub has a wealth of knowledge and expertise that is used to support the learning and working environment across the Trust. SET hosts events for both staff and governors, offering dedicated CPD and opportunities to meet and share best practice with colleagues across the Trust.

Administration and Data

Our experienced Director of Operations and Business Support manages and oversee the systems, administrative support and operations-based projects within our SET schools. They monitor the development and implementation of quality procedures and systems throughout the Trust on administrative and operational matters. Their guidance and support for the office managers across the Trust enables them and their teams to work effectively and efficiently.

Data administration is now offered as a centralised service to Trust schools, providing support for an effective data collection service. Our central team is able to generate and distribute data collection forms, monitor their return, support the administrative input of assessment and attainment data and then to analyse and manipulate all inputted data at a summary level for each school.

Each school has a SOAP (school on a page) data sheet that is completed termly to give the Trust Board and local Governing Bodies an up-to-date snapshot of a wide range of indicators about that school’s performance - a highly effective monitoring device for all school leaders.

Attendance

The Scholars’ Education Trust knows that poor attendance can have a devastating impact on pupils’ attainment and progress. Attendance is a key a Trust focus with aspirational attendance targets set for each school. All SET schools were above national averages in their attendance for 2021/22 and we are focussed on ensuring we maintain those excellent standards.

Attendance assistants, based in each school, are supported by our highly qualified and skilled Trust Attendance Manager, who works with the schools to ensure well documented processes and practices together with providing on-site and remote access support for more complex cases, staff training, school assemblies, tutor group visits, and punctuality checks – the list is endless and effective!

Finance

SET ‘s Chief Finance Officer is a fully qualified accountant with a true understanding of educational finance and budgeting. Under their leadership, SET offers a fully centralised finance provision with each schools’ accounts reflecting their own GAG income with other income and expenditure lines. Monthly accounts are produced for head teachers with a face-to-face meeting to talk them through their accounts and identify any risks and opportunities to their school’s financial health going forwards. Heads tell us how much they appreciate this dedicated time and expert support. They also know that the finance team is immediately contactable for any unforeseen questions or occurrences.

SET accounts are audited annually by externally appointed auditors and termly by internal auditors who look at systems and structure.

Estates

The Trust Estates Manager is responsible for the oversight of the estate management of the schools in the Trust. He works with and oversees the work of the site teams at each school ensuring that health & safety compliance, management of school estates projects, asset management and the tracking of premises linked budgets are to a high standard.

The Estates Manager also oversees capital projects across the Trust, funded by both the SCA and school revenue funding, based on preventative and reactive maintenance and school agreed improvement projects. There is a real focus on ensuring value for money and sustainability. The Estates Manager is part of the Trust’s sustainability working party and as part of that work is keen to build on the decarbonisation grants totalling £1.2m already received by the Trust which supported the installation of PV panels, LED lighting together with water and energy saving devices.

Human Resources

The HR Manager and her team offer a comprehensive package of support for all the SET schools, including in the following areas:

  • Recruitment – from advert, to shortlist, compliance checks, interview programmes and the issuing of contracts. They ensure that prospective candidates are fully informed and supported through the recruitment process to successful outcome, with schools able to be confident that all recruitment checks and pre start date arrangements will have been completed.
  • SCR – the single central record is maintained and monitored centrally, with Heads and nominated personnel able to access the records online, together with their school’s overall compliance rating. This enables Heads and Chairs of Governors to be updated and informed, and above all confident that this key area is in safe hands.
  • HR policies are maintained centrally and regularly sent to Heads, SLT and governors for review, with comments noted for Trust Board consideration before publication.
  • General HR support- staff wellbeing, absence monitoring and support, performance management, maternity and paternity arrangements – the list goes on, our team are able to answer all the detailed questions that can prove time-consuming and confusing for schools!

PLEASE NOTE: SET follows both the Burgundy and Green books.

IT and Digital Technology

IT and Digital Technology are growing areas in all schools, and SET schools are no exception. The Director of IT works with the SET Headteachers to oversee the strategic direction of their IT provision and also oversees the 1:1 device programmes in our secondary schools. All schools have an on-site technician (for primary schools this may be on a shared basis) to address their IT queries, issues or wishes. The Director of IT and Deputy Director of IT support this work either by on-site visits or remote access, whichever is the more effective.

Samuel Ryder Academy is an Apple Distinguished School, one of fewer than 800 globally, and is also the Regional Training Centre for Hertfordshire on Apple Technology in the classroom. iPad technology has revolutionised the way our staff teach across the curriculum, impacting both student engagement and outcomes.

Payroll

SET manages its own payroll service under the direction of a highly experienced payroll manager and team. Any member of staff with a query is able contact the team directly and receive an answer to their question; new staff are paid promptly and, most importantly, all staff are paid accurately and on time. The payroll team also manage all requirements under the Teaching Pension Scheme (TPS) and the support staff pension scheme (LPP) linked to the local authority the school sits under, and as such are a font of knowledge.

SET staff often comment on how much they appreciate being able to talk to a colleague rather than the anonymous representative of an external provider when they have a query.

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