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2017 Shortlist | Treloar Trust

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Treloar Trust

Shortlist – Improving Impact – charities with 26+ paid staff


Who they are

Treloar Trust provides high quality education to young people with physical disabilities – allowing them to take control of their lives and realise their potential. It runs a special school for students aged 2–19, and a specialist college of further education for students aged 16–25.

What they’ve achieved

In 2011 Treloar’s had a major set-back: a negative report on clinical compliance from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which led to a less-than-positive judgement from Ofsted.

The board acted swiftly – immediately addressing the regulators’ concerns. It made personnel changes, put an immediate improvement plan in place and encouraged staff to visit and learn from other organisations. Sub-committees were formed to oversee this process.

By 2016, CQC rated the college as “good”, Ofsted as “outstanding”, and student numbers have increased by 50%.

Today trustees scrutinise quality, activity, capability and financial security through Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to ensure impact is maintained. According to Ofsted, trustees and governors are “fervent and proactive in improving the life chances of students”.

To sustain this impressive impact The Treloar Trust regularly reports against key KPIs covering everything from academic results to student surveys, providing a rigorous benchmark for excellence.

The judges were impressed by the ability of the board to learn from major challenges, and make the necessary changes to address criticisms.


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