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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.

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 and may include:
  • Pupil Performance Review;
  • Review of the School Improvement Plan;
  • Evaluation of the school’s Self Evaluation Summary;
  • Reviews of teaching (lesson observations, book scrutinies, data reviews);
  • Review of assessment and tracking processes;
  • Support for key appointments other than head teacher;
  • Pre- and post- Ofsted health check;
  • Headteacher Performance Management;
  • ASP Review;
  • Primary English and/or Mathematics support;
  • EYFSP support;
  • Secondary English support;
  • NQT Induction and support;
  • Review of School Website (Ofsted Compliant);
  • Programmes tailored to the school’s needs and agreed with the Headteacher.;
  • Facilitation/CPD for school clusters;
  • Staff training sessions (in-school or Centre based).
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Cash boost for community halloween projects in MySefton
07 Aug
Community groups in Sefton which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner. Jane Kennedy has announced that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes. It is the ninth time the Commissioner has asked community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims. The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people. “Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.” All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 14th September. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.
Young people in Sefton help to shape their local NHS
07 Aug
School children from across Sefton have been learning about local health services as well as giving their views on the NHS. Your Youth Health Day on Thursday 19 July saw pupils from Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull and Southport’s Stanley High School work with Sefton Young Advisors, to learn which local NHS service is best for them if they are unwell or want some advice on their health and wellbeing. The event was organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs’ joint Engagement and Patient Experience Group (EPEG) which brings together representatives from organisations including Sefton Council, Healthwatch Sefton and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) to look at how the CCGs can better involve residents and partners in their work. Health commissioners were joined at the Formby event by staff from Sefton council to hear young people’s views about health care. The event saw pupils taken through everyday scenarios, how to lead a healthier lifestyle, and which NHS service to consider for a range of medical issues, ranging from when to get advice from local pharmacists and the NHS111 phone service for minor conditions, to when to call 999. Ryan McCarthy from Sefton Young Advisors, said: “This event is about getting young people introduced to the health services they might have accessed or access in the future, looking at their knowledge and hopefully improve it by looking health scenarios which may affect them in the future. “It’s also about looking at their feedback around health services because it’s really important because changes can be made from that and health services can be improved.” One pupil said: “I didn’t realise how unhealthy I have been – I do go to bed late, spend time on my phone and also don’t have breakfast. Those are things I’m going to change now.” This has been the second dedicated young person’s event organside by EPEG, led by Sefton Young Advisers and part of the CCGs’ commitment to ensuring the ‘voice of the child’ is recognised in health services. Graham Bayliss, lay representative for patient and public engagement at NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “The NHS is all about listening to all its patients, but the voices of young people can sometimes get drowned out by adults. “It’s important we’re listening to young people and issues they have, as well as the areas of NHS services they’re not sure about.” On what needs to change about health services, another pupil said: “I think one thing the NHS lacks is mental health support, especially for teens, so if that could be improved that would be really good.” Gill Brown, governing body lead for patient and public participation for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “They’ve really changed my views about how we communicate with young people, especially around social media. “One thing that came across is that we need to do more about mental health service provision for young people, particularly in relation to abuse over social media and the impact that can have on young people.” To watch a video from the event please click here: https://youtu.be/2sCZSRE7ZOI To find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email communications@sefton.nhs.uk or call 0151 317 8456.
Experience the Sefton Circular this summer!
07 Aug
With the summer holidays in full swing, Sefton Council is urging families to get on their bikes and take on the Sefton Circular. The popular cycle route encompasses 24 miles around the beautiful Sefton coast and countryside, taking anything from three hours to half-a-day to complete. When following this route, you will cycle through pine woods, pass by Antony Gormley’s statues, take in the sights of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and follow the former Cheshire Lines railway. Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have this fantastic asset in our borough. “The Sefton Circular is a thoroughly enjoyable half day cycle ride suitable for all abilities to undertake at your own pace. “The route encompasses many parts of Sefton, showcasing a lot of wonderful things that we have to offer – all the while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing.” Highlights of the route include Crosby Lakeside, Hightown Dunes, Formby pinewoods, Ainsdale, the Cheshire Lines, Rimrose Valley, the Leeds Liverpool Canal and the Gormleys. To view the route or for more information about the Sefton Circular Route, visit www.mysefton.co.uk