Our approach


The cornerstone of how we teach and how our pupils excel is the development of assessment proficiency. Through this, all students, from nursery through secondary, are taught how to be independent learners and how to recognise what they need to focus on in order to progress. Based on research conducted by John Hattie and taken further through our own practice development, every class across all the Trust’s schools works to ensure that our students are confidently able to self-evaluate, to work with their peers, to reflect on their own learning and to take ownership of what they are learning. Through the shared application of Trust-led strategies for foundation subjects and quality frameworks, the Trust ensures a framework for excellence in learning that is reflected in every setting, in every class, consistently across all our schools.

Recruitment and retention

Key to the ongoing success of the Trust is the recruitment and retention of the right staff to work across all our schools. The Trust invests in extensive continuous professional development (CPD) for all our teams – from newly qualified teachers and overseas-trained professionals to middle and senior leaders. As an accredited partner of the Institute of Education, all our CPD is backed by the IoE, making working for the Trust a proven way to develop as a professional while working in a dynamic setting. Through the Lion Education Trust and the Lion Academy Trust, we are able to offer a range of opportunities for staff to develop as either lead practitioners progressing through school leadership roles or as specialist subject leads.

Working with parents, carers and the community

The Trust has a well-defined model of being visible and accountable to our parents and carers and within our communities. All our school leaders are visible and present at the beginning and end of each school day. We focus on resolving issues at the point of being raised and operate an open-door policy where we welcome working with our local community to ensure each school remains rooted in the area that it serves. Every school in the Lion Education Trust is non-denominational, co-educational and committed to positively contributing to its surrounding communities.

Working with other schools

The Lion Education Trust is always keen to support other schools, from sharing best practice, content and resources to exploring how schools might join the Trust structure. Our focus on practice development via our continuous professional development (CPD) programmes enables teams from neighbouring schools to work with our teams to implement our pedagogical strategies and structures, and our project teams work closely with regional schools commissioners and local commissioners to assess how schools in need of transformation can join the Trust.