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Welcome from the Chief Executive

Jo Higgins, Chief Executive

Dudley Academies Trust is a relatively new organisation set up to help transform education in Dudley. With the backing of our sponsor, Dudley College of Technology, we have already achieved much.

At the end of our first year of being fully operational, all four of our secondary academies had improved achievement and progress at GCSE. In 2020, all four again recorded significantly improved GCSE grades.

We are able to achieve these and many other advances because we have a large and experienced Central Team that supports each academy with its leadership, teaching, building programmes, sports and activities, financial management, staff training, IT and – most importantly – the progress and wellbeing of our learners.

We have recruited numerous excellent staff to our academies and made some outstanding appointments to their leadership teams. Our Central Team is successfully supporting the teachers in each academy, sharing best practice and helping them to set higher and higher standards. We have introduced a proven system of rewards and behaviour management that has changed the culture of our classrooms, accompanied by a raft of new approaches to teaching. Many £millions have already been invested in improving the buildings, facilities and computing equipment of our academies and another £5 million is being spent this year.

We have even bigger plans for the years to come. We aim to build a centre of educational excellence and best practice that will significantly change the prospects for our learners and the outcomes that they can aspire to. Our academies will inspire learners to achieve their best, to ‘Dream Big’ and to know that a variety of positive life choices are within their reach. We are determined to deliver on those objectives.

The DAT Revolution

The DAT Revolution

Creating Inspirational Schools

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