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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 SEND evaluation to seek out parent’s views
13 Feb
Sefton Council have commissioned researchers at Edge Hill University to undertake an evaluation of Special Education Needs and Disability services in the borough. The evaluation, funded by Sefton’s Clinical Commissioning Groups, will involve a sample of parents and carers with children and young people who have SEND and will help shape and improve the services Sefton can offer. Key partners including schools, and health and care services will also be asked to give their views in the evaluation. The results will then be used to inform policy, strategy, prioritisation and development of activities and services related to the needs of young people aged under 25 years with a special educational need or disability. Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools & Safeguarding, said: “We have asked Edge Hill University to help us better understand Special Education Needs and Disability provision throughout Sefton. “This is a very important project to undertake and we need parents and carers who are involved to give their views, both good and bad, so that we can positively shape how we deliver and develop services in the future. “The ultimate goal of this evaluation is to help our children and young adults with SEND needs, as well as their families and support networks.” Participation in the evaluation is completely voluntary and those who contribute will be given complete anonymity. The evaluation is expected to be completed before April and a final report will be shared widely and posted on the local offer. To find out more email public.health@sefton.gov.uk
Sefton Parent Carer Forum announce AGM & Moving Forward session
13 Feb
The Sefton Parent Carer Forum have announced plans for their 2019 AGM and Moving Forward event next month. Taking place at the West Lancs Yacht Club on Marine Drive, Southport on Thursday March 7 from 9:45am, the annual meeting is a chance for parents and carers of children with Special Education Needs or Disability (SEND) to meet and discuss services across the borough Hosted by the Sefton Parent Carer Forum, members will be joined by a team of researchers from Edge Hill University who have been commissioned by Sefton Council and Sefton CCG to undertake an evaluation of Special Education Needs and Disability services in Sefton, to find out what needs to change as a result of the recent SEN review. A spokesperson for the SPCF said: “This is your opportunity to hear about the findings of the Review and feedback your views on how Sefton can move forward. “Representatives from Healthwatch, Sendiass, Aiming High, Local Offer, Personal Travel Budgets and more will be on hand to offer advice and support, and then we’ll start with our Annual General Meeting.” Lunch will be provided. To book your free place, email seftonparentcarerforum@gmail.com or alternatively call us on 07541 326860.
Parental Engagement for School Governors
13 Feb
26 March 2019 - 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. at the Professional Development Centre, Formby. Parentkind supports schools to work with parents, and parents to work with schools. Their vision is of an education system where schools and local communities work together to get the best for all children. Their aim is to help all schools develop a 21st century home-school partnership fit for a 21st century school in a 21st century society. Their offer is training, guidance and support to make such partnerships a reality. The key learning objective are: The importance of listening and responding to Parents as stakeholders Addressing the barriers for Governors when engaging with Parents Parental engagement ‘Good practice’ for Governors Build positive parental participation by: Taking a whole school approach including strong leadership/commitment of the Head and Governing Body Effective and regular two-way communication Support for home-school learning Parental participation in school life. Please book this course here or by contacting governor services on 0151 934 3331