School Improvement

School Support Solutions design cost-effective school improvement packages to meet the needs of individual schools or groups of schools, locally and nationally. We work in collaboration with schools to effect positive change, with a strong focus on leadership teams, because effective school leadership is vital in improving outcomes for learners. We support school staff at all levels: empowering headteachers and governors; strengthening leadership capacity; and securing effective teaching and learning.

School Support Solutions will work with schools to design a one-day session to focus on a specific area of need, such as a teaching and learning review or an in-depth evaluation of the school’s data. Alternatively, we can create multi-day packages to be delivered across a term or an academic year, which will address identified areas for improvement and ensure regular, rigorous external support and challenge. The package will be tailored specifically to the needs of your school and it may include some of the following activities:

  • Supporting senior leaders with writing part of the school's self-evaluation summary
  • Working alongside leaders to devise SMART objectives for the school improvement plan
  • Taking senior leaders through an in-depth data review to ensure they are identifying key areas for improvement
  • Working with specified teams in school, such as middle leaders, to develop their leadership and monitoring skills
  • Supporting governors in analysing the Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR) so they can provide suitable challenge for the school
  • Undertaking an in-depth review of a specific subject area alongside the subject leader
  • Carrying out teaching and learning reviews

Our support packages are flexible and will be provided to suit your school. We can offer:

  • Full day support (6 hours on site)
  • Full day support with a note of visit (5 hours on site)
  • Half day support (3 hours on site)

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Additional School Improvement Services

Our consultants can be contracted as School Improvement Partners (SIP) to provide robust challenge and support to the Headteacher, governors and leadership team through a series of visits to the school across the academic year. The SIP will work with school leaders to ascertain the current performance of the school, assist in identifying the strengths and areas for development and then evaluating the effectiveness of the school’s actions. Schools receive 4 days of the SIP’s time, which may consist of 3 half-day visits plus additional time to meet with specific groups, e.g. governors, as required. The remainder of the time will be used by the SIP to review the school’s data and write reports. This package can be combined with the Headteacher appraisal package.

We can also support governors through the Headteacher appraisal process to help ensure objectives are appropriate, rigorous and aligned with the school’s foci for improvement. Our external advisers will review the school’s data prior to the appraisal meeting and will support the governors in reviewing the outcomes of the previous appraisal cycle and setting new objectives.