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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 available to download and may include:
  • school visits tailored to the needs and priorities of the school
  • facilitation/CPD for school clusters
  • ASP Review
  • Primary English and/or Mathematics support
  • EYFSP support
  • Secondary English support
  • Support for key appointments other than head teacher
  • Headteacher Performance Management
  • NQT Induction and support
  • Staff training sessions (in-school or Centre based)
  • Pre and Post-Ofsted health check
  • Review of School Website (Ofsted Compliant)
  • Review of the School Improvement Plan
  • Evaluation of the schools Self-Evaluation Summary; and
  • Review of teaching and learning e.g. lesson observations, book scrutiny, assessment data
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Sefton’s Director for Public Health has backed a campaign to kick high sugar drinks and junk food into touch! Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton, is one of 58 health experts who has supported a campaign to protect children from food and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and salt, promoted through football across the UK. The campaign is led by Healthy Stadia and Sugar Smart and aims to tackle the issue of childhood obesity as well as tooth decay. Many football associations, leagues and some football clubs partner with companies known for products containing high fat, sugar and salt, so health experts have now joined forces to help address this important issue. Other supporters to the campaign include representatives working in sports development, dental health, sustainability, social housing and the media. All 58 experts signed a letter which was sent last week to English football clubs, UK National Football Associations, UK league operators and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Whilst a response is awaited, further work will continue around raising awareness of the health harms such products cause on children and young people’s health. This includes swapping sugary fizzy drinks or sugary squash for water, lower-fat milk or no added sugar cordial, along ditching the takeaway and cooking meals from scratch – that way you know exactly what is in it! In addition, an e-petition has also been developed and children, parents and schools are encouraged to support the campaign. You can read more and sign the petition here.
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