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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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Volunteers needed to bring junior parkrun to Bootle and Formby
16 May
Parkrun UK wants Sefton’s most enthusiastic volunteers to lend a helping hand to help bring the junior parkrun to Bootle and Formby. The junior parkrun is a series of 2km events aimed at young people aged 4-14. These runs are held in open space and are free, safe and easy to take part in. If you’re interested in sports or youth volunteering this could be a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference in your local area. If you’re interested in becoming a parkrun volunteer or would like more information, get in touch with lesley.neary@parkrun.com To find out more about parkrun UK visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
Be Active is back for May half term
16 May
Be Active is preparing to keep Sefton’s youngest residents entertained this May half term with a fun-filled line-up of activities set to take place from Tuesday, May 29 to Friday, June 1. A huge range of activities will take place at leisure centres across the borough including Bootle Leisure Centre, Crosby Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Dunes Splash World, Litherland Sports Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Maghull Meadows Leisure Centre. The hugely successful Wave Rave pool parties are set to make a return along with a wide array of pool-based activities including swim and splash sessions, inflatable parties and the preschool swim crash course. Those looking to try something new can make the most of the water sports on offer at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre during its Lakeside Adventure sessions. For those looking to stay dry over half term, Be Active’s May-hem days will include obstacle courses, adventure games, tournaments, dodgeball and maybe even a bouncy castle! The ever popular Everton Soccer School will return to Netherton Activity Centre and Football Camp will launch at Dunes Splash World in Southport. Sefton’s sportiest youngsters can also try their hand at gymnastics, fencing and archery thanks to Be Active’s Come and Try classes. Fans of The Greatest Showman will love the dance workshops that are lined up with the opportunity to learn new, choreographed dance routines from the hit musical. Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “There is such an array of activities happening across Sefton that our youngest residents will be spoilt for choice this half term. “I’m delighted that we have such a diverse sporting offer that will help keep children active and entertained while they’re enjoying a break from school.” For the full line up of activities head to www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive. Places are limited and advanced booking is required so call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799 to secure a place.
Sefton teams up with Knowsley for national celebration of fostering
16 May
Sefton and Knowsley Council are teaming up as part of an annual celebration of fostering, raising awareness to attract more would be foster carers. Organised by national charity The Fostering Network, Foster Care Fortnight takes place May 14 – 27, with this year’s theme of ‘fostering transforms lives’. Under the banner of #StayTogether, Sefton and Knowsley will be taking the ‘Fostering bus’ on the road to meet the public and give them all of the information they need to consider fostering, especially for sibling groups where there is the greatest need. The ‘Fostering bus’ reaches Sefton on May 18, 9am-6pm at Aintree Shopping Park. Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding said: “Fostering really can change a child’s life. Foster carers offer supportive, caring and firm foundations to our vulnerable children and young; it is a hugely rewarding role. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about fostering to jump aboard the fostering bus and find out more” Sefton Council’s fostering teams will also deliver the latest instalment of their popular information evenings shortly after Foster Care Fortnight. The next session, which are free, non-ticket events, will take place June 5, 6.30-8.30pm at The Vincent Hotel in Southport. To find out more about fostering in Sefton, visit www.seftonfostering.co.uk or call 0800 923 2777.