What we do
The Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) exists to enable Church of England schools to continue to achieve educational excellence through Christian based ethos and values. It will establish a lasting legacy of a financially and pedagogically self-sustaining organisation, enabling professionals and schools to continue to improve and evolve though collaborative support and challenge. This vision statement was defined and agreed by the DEMAT Executive Board at an away day on 21 November 2016.
DEMAT and the Diocese of Ely
The Bishop of Ely and advising Diocesan Board of Education have previously prescribed that church schools located in the Diocese wishing to academise would be supported to do so through the provision of an umbrella Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy DEMAT (DEMAT).
This is because the academy agenda enables the diocese to further the mission of the Church of England as a provider of high quality education, as set out in the diocesan strategy document.
Currently DEMAT is the preferred option for any church school seeking to become an academy in the diocese. Although DEMAT schools benefit from the security of a larger single DEMAT, operationally most also benefit from working within a Local School Collaborative. The DEMAT contains 30 primary schools and 1 secondary school (in opening phase).
Our Mission is to support and encourage the work of academies in our DEMAT, promoting Christian distinctiveness through high quality education of children and young people.
The DEMAT will work with all phases of Church Schools in the diocese (Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, West Norfolk) and one school in Suffolk. The DEMAT will also support any community school should such support be sought, since all schools in the diocese are members of the wider diocesan community. This covers a diverse geographical 1,508 square mile area comprising city, market town and rural areas. The region has an extreme range of socio-economic circumstance, from extreme wealth to areas with significant poverty.
- To ensure that our academies are centres of excellence with a focus on academic outcomes and the nurture of resilience & respect as set out in the Ofsted Inspection Handbook.
- To promote high quality professional development and encourage mutual support in the pursuit of effective teaching and good pupil progress.
- To develop innovative and aspirational thinking building on our long educational heritage and to make use of the latest research in pedagogy and child development.
- To foster, maintain and celebrate Christian distinctiveness in our schools.
- To ensure our academies have a particular vocation to the least advantaged, enabling them through education to change their life opportunities.
The DEMAT will act as the lead sponsor for any Church school within the Diocese of Ely who wishes to become an academy or for Church schools which are being directed to become sponsored academies by the Department of Education. It will act as a vehicle for enabling the sharing of best practice and economies of scale achievable across a group of academies.
Our school improvement approach seeks to build strong capacity to improve from within and a culture that looks outward and never stops trying to be better. Schools which join our DEMAT are able to help shape our work and benefit both from the support they receive and the opportunities for school improvement they are able to offer. The behaviours we expect to see:
- We encourage strong and capable system leaders
- We enable our people to excel to provide outstanding education
- We build trust and respect across our academies
As a DEMAT, the way we wish to grow is to develop
- Long term relationships within and across communities in which there is an opportunity for continuous improvement.
The principles by which we will manage the organisation
- Openness and honesty to build DEMAT, be transparent, sharpen accountability and drive improvement.
- We will operate a simple, efficient organisation and seek wherever possible to measure value-for-money in terms of impact on learner outcomes.
- We operate an effective & strong governance framework.
- Tight control of our resources to achieve economies, efficiencies and effectiveness.