I have worked for this company for 5 years. Initially the schools were allowed to look after themselves and that meant better quality CPD as the school I was in valued opportunities for staff.
However as the Trust has moved towards shared services and forced systems, it has lead to chaos. Staff retention is at an all time low, systems are not staff friendly, decisions are not made for students/children.
I have watched many excellent teachers and leaders leave, as they are unable to work in such a negative atmosphere. This has been driven by the very top, who aren't in schools, don't speak to staff and students and many of whom have no background in education.
The worst part is seeing the impact on students who deserve a "world class education" and instead get endless supply teachers and a poor standard of education.
Wages are not always in line with elsewhere, with the Trust ignoring the 2% uplift recommendation this year for teachers on the main scale. For leaders, the wages offered are not on line with schools of a similar size.
Basically, don't work for them. You'd be better off anywhere else but here. It isn't worth sacrificing your mental health.
The students are lovely, as are many school based staff.