The Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) currently has 31 open academies educating approximately 16,000 pupils across eight local authority areas including Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Derby City, Leicester City, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Lincolnshire and Central Bedfordshire.
The Trust’s mission is to enable every child within its academies to be the best they can be. The Trust is a ‘not for profit’ organisation. Support services for finance, ICT, procurement, human resources, catering, data, curriculum development, staff development, health and safety and personal development and welfare are led by a Central Team operating across the Trust.
Safeguarding is a major consideration for any academy or Multi Academy Trust and the Greenwood Academies Trust is one of the few trusts in the country with a dedicated Safeguarding Manager with overview for the strategic development of safeguarding within the Trust.
It was quickly identified that current methods of recording and sharing safeguarding information was clunky and in many cases ineffective. This made it difficult to build an accurate picture of safeguarding across the Trust and also meant that performing regular central QA of case files was limited to during site visits. It also reduced the impact of the case support provided by the Central Team due to limited access to case files.
We began to look for a secure electronic safeguarding system record and manage safeguarding issues and cases effectively. After carefully considering a number of systems CPOMS clearly became the preferred system and through the procurement process it was identified as the most secure, user friendly and cost-effective product.
Initially we rolled the system out in one secondary academy and five primary academies to undertake testing and ensure ourselves that CPOMS met our needs.
CPOMS has now been rolled out across the Trust and is used to manage all safeguarding issues and cases. The benefits of using the system have far outweighed our initial expectations. The key benefits of the system are:
Since rolling CPOMS out across the Trust a number of academies have received OfSTED inspections with inspectors making positive comments about the system and quality of records it allows each academy to maintain.
Trust Safeguarding Manager
Greenwood Academies Trust
Telephone: 0115 748 3260
Mobile: 07432 134642