School Cluster Services
A bespoke package from School Support Solutions enables a cluster of schools to tailor the support required to meet the needs of the group as well as each individual school. There are a wide range of services to choose from, as outlined in the school improvement and headteacher support services section of our website, however additional services can be negotiated.
School Support Solutions has been commissioned for 1 day per week, term time only, to deliver the following support package to a cluster of 16 schools in the North Cotswolds.
- Undertaking the role of cluster manager which involves organising and minuting termly meetings; co-ordinating commissioned services, e.g. behaviour support; providing supervision for the parent support advisors; organising relevant meetings, e.g. with Local Authority personnel.
- Delivering cluster-based training for specific groups, such as newly qualified teachers, subject leaders etc.
- Writing policies for the cluster.
- Contributing to school improvement by undertaking a range of activities in individual schools including teaching and learning reviews, book trawls, pupil conferencing, marking and feedback reviews.
- Undertaking joint monitoring activities with headteachers, school staff and governors to validate judgements.
- Discussing and assessing a school's self-evaluation and school improvement plan against available evidence, including the Ofsted report, and comment on the effectiveness of these.
- Headteacher appraisal.
- Undertaking pupil premium reviews.
- Offering confidential face-to-face sessions for headteachers to support their well-being.
‘Mrs Heming has been extremely supportive of the school in a wide variety of ways since her appointment as cluster manager. She has supported the Head and school governors in conducting the Headteacher’s performance management in a timely and professional manner, offering them advice and making helpful suggestions in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. Mrs Heming has been proactive in synthesising and analysing the latest educational research and bulletins, enabling Heads to be well informed and kept abreast of the latest educational thinking and legalities. She has developed cluster policies which have been extremely beneficial in helping schools maintain their legal obligations as well as ensuring policies are extremely thorough and agreed between neighbouring schools. This gives a real sense of strength to the polices and encourages collaborative working between schools. On a personal note Mrs Heming has been incredibly supportive to the staff and myself over a long period of time following the unexpected death of a senior member of staff and all the challenges that this has presented.’
Headteacher of Stow-on-the-Wold Primary School