The School Effectiveness Team aims to work in partnership with all Essex schools in the essential task of raising standards and diminishing 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, this includes support for academies. The aim of the
service is to ensure that we focus on our moral purpose to meet the needs of
all pupils through our collaboration with School Led Improvement System (SLIS)
Partnerships. The service will provide challenge and support to ensure this aim
What are the service's priorities?
achieve the highest outcomes for children and the quality of schools
develop and embed the maturity of the School-led Improvement System and develop
ASHE and ESSET engagement
– a system that can meet the needs of all children “Inclusive Essex –
securing positive outcomes for all through partnership working
ensure we have the highest skilled leaders and governors
develop a successful traded service
ensure we are skilled in cross phase working and inclusion
launch EMAT and develop a sustainable school landscape
ensure strong partnership working across Essex and the region and to define the
role Essex plays through moral purpose and actions
How does the service support schools?
The service monitors standards and commissions support across schools in Essex. Each school has a designated School Effectiveness Partner (SEP) who will provide a bespoke service to meet the needs of partnerships and commission appropriate support. The SEP 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 when relevant.
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 Nicola Woolf to advise of any errors or where they join/leave a group, or if the lead changes.
What other teams are in the School Effectiveness Team
- School Effectiveness Partners Schools - SEP lists are currently being updated and will be made available shortly.
- Traded support available from SEPs - information and booking details
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