School improvement support
The Ealing school effectiveness service offers high quality school improvement advice, support and challenge to Ealing maintained schools as well as to academies and others.
Our dedicated team of consultants, advisers and associates will design support to meet your individual requirements.
These bespoke services are available in addition to the statutory functions of the local authority to raise achievement in schools.
Services provided to schools are quality assured and we continuously monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the support provided.
We keep abreast of changes to the national and local agenda and refine our services to schools as necessary.
Our offer is framed around five broad areas:
- General support including delivery of our statutory duties
- Central briefings and seminars
- Collaborative projects
- Bespoke work with individual schools
- The central training programme.
General support to schools includes desktop monitoring to identify concerns, SEN and SACRE monitoring and advice, representation on headteacher and senior leader panels and NQT reporting.
We offer all schools a termly keeping in touch visit by a link officer. We will also provide additional support to schools in the event of significant unexpected pressures.
Our capacity to facilitate central networks/collaborative projects and to offer a bespoke package of support to all schools has been significantly enhanced by the schools forum decision to support the school effectiveness service.
All schools are sent a collaboration survey in the summer term. We use this to plan:
- The bespoke support that we will offer your school
- Potential opportunities for school-to-school support
- Common challenges across schools that will inform strategic planning.
Every school will have access to a dedicated link officer whose key role will be to support you and your staff with your own priorities and school development planning. The link officer will be well positioned to offer professional challenge and to broker any support you have requested through the collaboration survey.
There are 11 link officers working with Ealing schools in 2014-15. Three officers are Ealing staff and six are Ealing associates. All staff have a high level of experience and expertise in working with school leaders. This dedicated team of professionals has already acquired detailed understanding of local challenges and has access to a wide range of networks and contacts that will benefit Ealing schools.
Link officer agenda
Unless your school requires additional challenge and support because of its proximity to the new floor targets and progress measures, visits will be largely informal and the agenda will be shaped with the headteacher in working towards improvement priorities.
We would hope to incorporate the following key areas as standing items:
- Improve LA intelligence regarding key curriculum and leadership developments within the school to inform area-planning, local bids for resources and your access to support through the universal offer and wider SLAs
- Monitor and update the collaboration survey - gather evidence of the effectiveness of LA support or school-to-school support brokered or provided in relation to professional development and impact on learning.