Local Authorities have a vital role in supporting and challenging local schools to improve and in tackling under performance, however the context in which LAs support school improvement has changed significantly. Schools are being given increased autonomy and are therefore expected to take more responsibility for their own improvement. LAs have responded in a variety of ways to this challenge; however a common model is to develop a range of school improvement partnerships where schools work together to lead a ‘self-improving’ model.
Essex County Council has supported the School Led Improvement System strategy by supporting partnership with a pump priming grant, training in Peer Review and the recently launched Partnership Evaluation and Development Tool.
Essex County Council are working in collaboration with the Education Development Trust to benefit from the work they are undertaking nationally and internationally with school partnerships.
A Project Board was set up in 2015 to oversee and support the development and growing maturity of the School Led Improvement System strategy. In Summer 2017 the membership of this board was reviewed and from September 2017, the members represent:
- Essex Primary Heads Association (EPHA)
- Association of Secondary Heads in Essex (ASHE)
- Essex Special School Education Trust (ESSET)
- Essex School Governor Association (ESGA)
- LA Lead for the Teaching School Alliances
- LA Lead for the School Improvement System
- LA Lead for Inclusion
- Diocesan representatives - C of E and Catholic
- Director of Education
- Serving Headteachers
From the Summer Term 2018, Quadrant meetings have been introduced where leads of Partnerships meet with the Teaching School Alliances with EPHA and ASHE to discuss locality school improvement needs. The Chairs of these meetings are:
- West - Colin Raraty, Headteacher at Rodings Primary School
- South - Sue Jackson, Headteacher at Lee Chapel Primary School
- Mid - Lisa Feldman, Headteacher at Finchingfield CofE Primary School
- North East - David Bome, Headteacher at Copford CofE Primary School
Development of the School Led Improvement Strategy
A piece has been written about how the School Led Improvement Strategy has developed over the last two to three years and the positive impact this strategy is having. It demonstrates how much has been achieved in Essex with this strategy and how the collaboration between the Local Authority, Schools, Teaching School Alliances and the Professional Associations has led to very positive outcomes.
School Led Improvement System Partnerships & Leads of Partnerships
School Led Improvement System Project Board:
National Research Documents