Managing government schools
CfBT manages a portfolio of government-funded schools in England on behalf of the UK government. We also work in partnership with governments worldwide on school management and school improvement.
Free schools and academies in England
CfBT runs schools in England on behalf of the UK government under CfBT Schools Trust (CST). They are either academies or free schools. Our commitment is to ensure that these schools are either outstanding or on a transformational journey towards excellence. Some of them were already outstanding when they joined CfBT; others had a long history of underperformance and required transformational change.
We use objective metrics to judge the performance of our schools including both independent inspection reports and standardised test scores. Our approach is highly collegiate, with a particular emphasis on partnership with headteachers and school boards. The result is that school leaders feel a real sense of ownership of CfBT Schools Trust as well as a shared responsibility for overall school improvement.
We have a proven track record of success with our schools. Inspection reports and test scores indicate clearly that we can make a real difference. Our direct management of government schools in England started in 2006 with our sponsorship of St Mark's Academy in London. This was a school with a long history of underperformance before our involvement. The school has now been transformed and achieves dramatically improved exam results. In recognition of the school’s journey, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth paid a visit in 2012 as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
CfBT Schools Trust vision
The vision of CfBT Schools Trust is to create a collaborative family of schools inspiring learners to achieve personal and academic excellence. The emphasis through everything that we do is on the collective responsibility of schools within, and affiliated to, the group. Our schools are geographically clustered around two areas in England: the East Midlands and the Thames Valley area from Oxford to London. The schools are actively engaged in collaborative research and are a central component of the trust's governance structure with direct responsibility for supporting each other and driving development.
Outstanding education services
In addition to the management of schools, CfBT also delivers education services direct to hundreds of government schools in England. To find out more about this consultancy, contact CfBT's Education Services.
Supporting government schools worldwide
We work worldwide with governments interested in the improvement of their schools. In Kenya, for example, we recently concluded a highly successful programme of support for all government secondary schools – funded by the American government – with an emphasis on building the capacity of school leaders. In Abu Dhabi we have been working as the partner of the Abu Dhabi Education Council since 2006 with a focus on the improvement of pedagogy and leadership in government schools. We are interested in a range of forms of partnership: from the provision of consultancy to the direct management of schools on behalf of governments.