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Standards and Excellence Service

Page last updated: 24/05/2017

The Standards and Excellence Service aims to work in partnership with all Essex schools in the essential task of raising standards and narrowing the achievement gap between different groups and individuals.

What does the service do?

​The service works to raise the standards and achievement of all pupils in all schools and this includes supporting academies. The aim of the service is to ensure that every child attends a good or outstanding school; the service provides challenge and support to ensure this aim is met. 

What are the service's priorities?

Essex County Council has outlined its ambitions for schools and children within the Lifelong Learning Strategy with the following key priorities:

  • ​to ensure that every school in Essex to be judged to be at least good by 2018
  • performance at every Key Stage to be in the top quartile nationally
  • the gap to be closed for vulnerable groups​

How does the service support schools?

​The service monitors standards and commissions support across schools in Essex. Each school has a designated Standards and Excellence Commissioner (SEC) who will provide a bespoke service to meet the needs of individual schools and commission appropriate support. The SEC will also support the school throughout the Ofsted inspection process.


Essex schools are responsible for their own improvement. The expectation is that all schools will monitor and evaluate the quality of education they provide and the standards they achieve for all children; however the local authority (LA) is required to challenge and intervene in certain circumstances, which are outlined in the document below. 

How do schools support schools?

Where schools are being given more autonomy and therefore expected to take more responsibility for their own improvement, many are working in partnerships where schools work together on "self-improvement".​ School Partnerships​​​​ (a termly updated spreadsheet) shows the different partnerships, including LA recognised formal groups, across Essex.

Schools are asked to contact their Standards & Excellence Commissioner to advise of any errors or where they join/leave a group.​

What teams are in the Standards and Excellence Service

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