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School Effectiveness Team

Page last updated: 24/01/2023

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The School Effectiveness Team works in partnership with all Essex schools and Academies. They aim to raise standards and diminish the achievement gap between different groups and individuals. 

The team focuses on moral purpose to meet the needs of all pupils. This is through the collaboration with School Partnerships and Multi-Academy Trusts. The service will provide challenge and support to ensure this aim is met. 

Service Priorities

  1. ​To achieve the highest outcomes for children and the quality of schools
  2. To develop and embed the maturity of our partnerships working with ASHE, EPHA and ESSET
  3. Inclusion – a system that can  meet the needs of all children. “Inclusive Essex" – securing positive outcomes  for all through partnership working​
  4. To ensure we have the highest skilled leaders and governors
  5. To develop a successful traded service
  6. To ensure strong partnership working across Essex and the region. Defining the role Essex plays through moral purpose and actions​​

SEP Support for Schools

The service monitors, challenges and supports all schools in Essex. Each school has a designated School Effectiveness Partner (SEP). Each SEP will provide a bespoke service to meet the needs of schools and partnerships. This includes commissioning appropriate support. The SEP will also support schools that are due an Ofsted inspection, and 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. This includes the standards they achieve for all children. The Local Authority (LA) will challenge and intervene when relevant. 

Schools Supporting Schools

Schools should be taking responsibility for their own improvement. Many schools work in partnerships where they work together on self-improvement. 

A spreadsheet​ shows the different partnerships in Essex. 

If there are any errors or amendments please email

Other School Effectiveness Teams

Essex Early Years and Childcare Charter

Our new Early Years and Childcare Charter embeds the vision from our Early Years and Childcare Strategy which sets out how we will help every child in Essex get the best start in life. The Charter supports our vision for children and families across the county and outlines how early years providers and partners will work more collaboratively together to achieve this. To find out more about the Charter and how you can sign up to become a member, please visit the Early Years and Childcare Website.

Traded and Core Support

Find information and booking details on the traded and core support​ page. 

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