January 30, 2024

The EKO Trust People Strategy Workshop Hosted by Supporting Education Group

Last week, Supporting Education’s Education Talent Solutions Business Development Director, Penny Swain, was invited to host the EKO Trust’s people strategy workshop as part of their overall strategy away day.

The Eko Trust is a family of good and outstanding schools collaborating to learn and deliver the best educational outcomes for our children. The trust currently comprises four primary and two all-through Social, Emotional and Mental Health Special schools based in Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Hackney, and Suffolk, and is looking to grow over the coming year.

The workshop is part of the trust’s comprehensive review of its people strategy. As part of a 5-year cycle, the trust looks to test the relevance of its strategy, policies, and approaches to meet the challenges of the post-pandemic staffing landscape.

The workshop approach is integral to Supporting Education’s people strategy offering for Multi Academy Trusts. The guided workshop format helps trust leaders understand their strengths and weaknesses and create a plan of action to address areas of concern and opportunity.

EKO Trust’s CEO Rebeka Iiyanbo thanked Penny for her contribution: “The leaders were really inspired by your words. So glad we can develop our collaboration.” Kate Fallan, Trust Leader for Culture and Development, added “Your input really framed our thinking for the rest of the session and gave rise to exciting thoughts and actions. For example, what the use of digital technology could mean for our workforce, and what flexibility in our approach could mean for our staff and for many of our vulnerable pupils.”

After the event, Penny commented on the importance of these events for helping to develop Supporting Education’s service. “Working this way with the EKO group provides an opportunity to learn from MATs and better understand the issues they face. Each Multi Academy Trust is unique; no set offering will work across the board. However, the workshop approach provides a positive opportunity for MAT leaders to explore people strategy and arrive at the right pathway for them”.

The workshop follows recent success at the MAT Summit and the launch of Supporting Education’s people strategy-themed podcast Talking Talent.

To find out more about people strategy workshops, please contact us now.

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