School Improvement

What does school improvement look like?

The answer is two part.

Firstly, pupil outcomes must be at the centre. Secondly, context is everything and the rest is down to individual circumstances and what is needed in each specific case. We have helped out a large number of schools over recent years and have capacity across our alliance to provide support across all aspects of the running of a school. There are a small number of examples below as examples of the support we have provided. If you would like to discuss support of any kind, please do contact us for an initial conversation.

 

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Case Studies
Maths Support

In 2015 we were contacted by the DfE and asked to take over a failed School to School Support Mathematics project. We deployed a Maths specialist who audited the needs of the department concerned.

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Maths Support

In 2016 we were contacted by the DfE and asked to support 4 schools in a Local Authority with Mathematics. The schools concerned were already engaging with Maths Hub activities around Teaching for Mastery and it was agreed with the DfE and the schools concerned to build a programme of support for the schools that was structured around enhancing the support provided by the existing Maths Hub activities. The intention was to both maximise the impact of the existing support and also to build leadership capacity within the departments concerned.

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Business and Financial Support

We were asked to provide assistance to an academy in a neighbouring authority. They wanted interim support between their Business Manager leaving and the replacement taking up post.

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Pupil Premium Review

We were contacted by a school outside of our region who had recently had a ‘Requires Improvement’ OFSTED inspection. Hallam TSA appointed a Pupil Premium Reviewer to discuss the needs of the school and to gather further information from various school documentation. A programme for an initial visit was agreed with the Senior Management Team. The Pupil Premium Reviewer spent a day at the school following up several lines of enquiry with a variety of colleagues.

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Whole School Improvement

The Governors of an 11-16 school community school in our Local Authority approached Notre Dame with a request that one of our Deputy Heads be seconded to the school to serve as Head Teacher. This request was made following the resignation of the previous Head Teacher in the spring of 2013. As part of this package, Notre Dame was asked to provide wider support to strengthen leadership and management. This approach was made under the advice of a National Leader of Governance who was working with the governing body and was intended as a means to try to secure sustainable improvement in both progress made by students and in the quality of leadership and management in the school before seeking to appoint a permanent head teacher.

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