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School Improvement Team
The School Improvement Team is responsible for ensuring the Local Authority (LA) meets its statutory duties relating to:
  • schools causing concern (SCC);
  • statutory assessment including phonics check monitoring visits and moderation of EYFSP, end of KS1, KS2 teacher assessments; and,
  • acting as the Appropriate Body for the NQT induction process.

In addition to this, the core function of the School Standards and Effectiveness Advisers (SSEAs), External Associate Advisers and Intervention Officers will be to support those LA schools identified as having specific risk factors such as:
  • Ofsted judgement of requires improvement, serious weaknesses or special measures;
  • schools on the LA SCC Protocol;
  • schools expecting an imminent Ofsted inspection; and,
  • schools where the LA has identified an element of risk e.g. progress data, attendance, leadership, significant staffing changes etc.
  • Additionally, schools with a recently appointed Headteacher will also be offered mentoring / leadership support.
There will be no charge for schools receiving support through the above criteria and support will be differentiated according to need.

Additional support for all other schools may be purchased where capacity allows. Examples of support and training are contained within the “School Improvement Team Support for Schools” brochure available to download and may include:
  • school visits tailored to the needs and priorities of the school
  • facilitation/CPD for school clusters

Schools not wishing to enter into a Service Level Agreement for support have the option to pay for individual sessions on a ‘Pay As You Go’ basis (contact Sue Pooley, Administrator).
The SLA price reflects a 10% cost reduction on the equivalent number of days if purchased under the PAYG option.
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Building Services SLA renewal
01 Feb
We are again happy in 2018/19 to offer schools the opportunity to enter into a one year Service Level Agreement for the Management of Building Maintenance. We are confident that our service will afford you peace of mind, confident in the knowledge that all of your day to day maintenance needs, including statutory compliance and safety checking, is in safe hands. We have used our 40 years of experience of working with schools to tailor our offer to meet a school’s maintenance needs, providing a unique one stop service with your own assigned Maintenance Officer and access to a multi-disciplined team of construction professionals. We are conscious of the budget pressures that schools continue to face but unfortunately it is necessary for us to apply a small increase in the level of our charges for 2018/19. The proposed increase of 2.7% is based on the Consumer Price Index. The annual Service Level Agreements for 2018/19 are now available for you to purchase via this portal. We also offer reduced level Service Level Agreements that can be tailored to your needs. Please contact us via this portal with your specific requirements should you wish to opt for a reduced level SLA. If you wish to continue to use our services from 1st April 2018 then a new SLA, reduced SLA or compliance testing agreement needs to be purchased before that date to ensure continuity of service.
HSE press release
23 Jan
Schools are reminded of the importance of ensuring that effective measures are in place to reduce the risk of injury to adults and children from moving vehicles on the school premises. http://press.hse.gov.uk/2018/bridgend-county-borough-council-to-face-prosecution-following-death-of-school-pupil/ Further guidance on carrying out a suitable risk assessment is available on the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/separating.htm Should you require any further advice or guidance please do not hesitate to contact me. Moira Greenwood
Seaforth School Achieves Special ADHD Award
18 Dec
A Sefton school has become the first mainstream setting in the country to achieve an ADHD Friendly School quality mark. Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Seaforth is dedicated to meeting the needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and has spent the last two years training staff and working closely with the ADHD foundation. Based on feedback from families, the school also introduced a parent’s skills group so that a number of tools and best practice methods to positively support learners could be replicated at home. Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s, Schools & Safeguarding, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the school to be recognised as the first mainstream school in the UK to receive this award. “All pupils deserve the chance to achieve their potential regardless of the barriers they have to learning and I hope it inspires other schools to go the extra mile to make every pupil’s experience of school the best it can be.” Head Teacher of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Joan Jenkins, added: “I am extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of all the staff at the school who have been recognised for their hard work with children who face additional challenges in the school environment. “We’ve worked hard to make the school fully inclusive, but it has only been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the staff and parents and teachers all supported by the ADHD Foundation. “A special mention should also go to our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Carolyn Lawler, for being a huge driving force in making changes to our everyday practices.” Pictured is Rory Bremner presenting the award to Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Carolyn Lawler during the fifth annual ADHD conference.