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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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Sefton launches 2018 Children’s Access To Food scheme
09 Jul
Sefton Council is pleased again to launch the annual Children’s Access to Food Programme, supplying nearly four thousand hot meals to those in need. The scheme, which is now in its third year, helps to support families across Sefton who are most in need of help and hot meals, allowing them to end a reliance on school meals to help nourish their children. Last year 3,981 meals were served in community centres across the borough during a six week period between July and August. In addition to children’s centres, Sefton Council is working in partnership with Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) to co-ordinate additional access to food with local Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector organisations across the borough. Sefton CVS have also published a crowdfunding initiative aimed at raising valuable funds to support the scheme, and are also asking for volunteers to offer their services throughout the period. Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “This is a very important service to provide and year on year, we help people who would otherwise struggle to put hot food on the table. “Following last year’s scheme we had feedback from one mum who said that without this service, she would have had to miss paying bills to accommodate the extra cost of feeding her children during those six weeks. “During the scheme we often see a clear reduction in families requesting food vouchers, because they were able to access free meals. “The huge increase on last year shows that there is a need for schemes such as the Access To Food Programme and we are delighted that we are once again able to help and support those families that are most in need within our communities.” Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said: “We understand that the summer holidays can be an extremely challenging time for some families. “We are pleased to be working alongside Sefton Council to offer a coordinated response to meet the needs of our local communities.” Those eligible for the scheme will be contacted shortly to inform them of their nearest children’s centre. To volunteer call 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.
There’s still time to book for Terracotta Warriors
09 Jul
Book your school visit to this unmissable exhibition and experience the fascinating history of China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors brought to life in National Museums Liverpool’s schools programme. There’s still time to book onto one of two special education sessions – or just a school trip to see the exhibition – at reduced rate school mornings. Places are booking up fast, but there are still opportunities to experience this once in a lifetime event at Liverpool’s World Museum in July, September and October. Through the World of the Warriors sessions, pupils can experience the treasures of ancient China, at an exclusive, reduced rate schools only morning, from £70. Choose a visit to the exhibition or combine with one of two workshops for up to 30 pupils. Workshops available · The Rise of the Warriors, an immersive, story-based performance will see actors take students back in time (key stages 1 and 2). They will hunt for the secret to everlasting life, escape being captured by the First Emperor of China, and witness the wonders of his terracotta warriors coming to life in this exciting and interactive theatrical experience. · The Tiger of Qin archaeology workshop (key stage 2) will introduce pupils to the archaeological site from which the Terracotta Army came, explaining their discovery in 1974 and how they were excavated. Taking on the role of junior archaeologists pupils will explore key themes using our handling objects. These themes investigate what made Emperor Qin’s real army so powerful, the innovations he introduced, his legacy and what we can learn from the ancient buried tomb goods. The unmissable China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition features the spectacular warriors from the tomb of China’s First Emperor. The warriors were created more than 2,000 years ago and will be at World Museum until 28 October 2018. Find out more about available dates and times and make your booking today at liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/terracottaeducation
Packed programme of summer events
09 Jul
School is almost out for summer, so if you're looking for recommendations for free, family fun during the holidays, look no further than National Museums Liverpool's eight museums and galleries. There's plenty for everyone to enjoy throughout the school break, from the amazing Border Force sniffer dogs at the Seized! Gallery (inside the Maritime Museum) in August to a badge making club at the Walker Art Gallery. Visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/whatson to find out more.