A WYRE Forest-based multi-academy trust has launched an innovative Learning Institute as part of its drive to “grow brilliance”.

It has been established by the Severn Academies Educational Trust (SAET) to provide resources and support for teacher development and retention, ensuring all pupils have the opportunity to excel.

Gemma Alldritt, formally curriculum and innovation lead at the trust’s Baxter College in Kidderminster, has taken the role of institute director.

She said: “We have created a mix of online resources and qualifications along with in person programmes and sessions covering a variety of topics.

“The institute is being shaped by staff needs and is holistic – promoting wellbeing, classroom practice and subject knowledge – supporting the trust’s mission to grow brilliance.”

Training programmes have also been devised for staff to have the opportunity to develop as leaders within their schools and the trust.

Emerging technologies, notably the impact of AI on teaching and learning, is a hot topic the institute is prioritising.

Mrs Alldritt said: “We will ensure our staff are well prepared to use emerging technologies, such as AI, effectively and that our children learn to use them safely and appropriately.”

SAET chief executive Chris King said: “The establishment of the Learning Institute is part of our natural growth and pursuit of brilliance.

“Our goal is to care for and develop our staff, to ensure they thrive and inspire in a fast-moving world which presents many challenges, with learning outcomes and personal growth of our children at the heart of everything.”

The SAET family of schools comprises Kidderminster’s Baxter College, The Stourport High School and Vlth Form College, Wilden All Saints CE Primary, St Bartholomew’s CE Primary in Areley Kings, Hartlebury CE Primary, Stourport Primary Academy, Wolverley Sebright Primary Academy and Far Forest Lea Memorial CE Primary Academy. It also includes the Stourport-based SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training).