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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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Council Services over Christmas and New Year
10 Dec
Restricted services will be in place during Christmas and New Year as most Sefton Council staff are required to take unpaid leave as part of continuous cost-saving measures. Like previous years, residents can still access a range of information and transactions via the council website - www.sefton.gov.uk This includes checking bin collections, applying for licences, reporting environmental issues or paying Council Tax and business rates. Because of the unpaid leave to be taken on December 24, 27, 28 and 31, most council buildings will be closed, contributing to significant savings as part of the budget setting process. Services that will continue to operate include critical social care services for adults and children, a limited street cleaning service, Registrars, domestic and commercial waste collections and urgent highways issues, including gritting. Residents are also being encouraged to recycle as much waste as possible and use the household waste recycling centres across the borough. Similar to other years, the green wheelie bin collection for garden waste will be suspended from the end of November and will return in March 2019. Some Sefton Council-run leisure centres will be open at varying times during these dates and users are advised to check sefton.gov.uk for opening times. A list of social care emergency phone numbers is attached below. Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said: "The Christmas shut-down has been in operation for a number of years now and it contributes to the savings we have to make due significant reductions in Government funding. "Over the course of the financial year, our hard-working staff have their pay reduced in order to take four days unpaid leave. "Other savings from the closure period come from the reduced need for heating, lighting and running buildings, equipment and vehicles. This all helps contribute to the £64m of saving we need to make a balanced budget by 2020. "While reduced services are being operated, we will still maintain key services for some of the most vulnerable residents in our communities. However, it is still clear to see that austerity is not over and the harsh Government cuts are still biting us with a noticeable impact on our residents." To access a range of service and transactions online, visit sefton.gov.uk. An automated phone service will be in place between December 22 and January 1, 2019 (inclusive) on 0345 140 0845 and most service requests will only be actioned beyond January.
Swimming Lesson Closure Dates Christmas 2018
05 Dec
We would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your custom with the Active Aquatics Swimming Lesson Programme.
School Improvement Team - re-location
30 Nov
The School Improvement team have re-located to Sefton Professional Development Centre, Park Road, Formby. The telephone numbers at our previous base (Redgate Centre) are no longer in use. Please contact us on: 0151 934 5354 / 5350 / 5352