The Suffolk Learning Partnership

Report
“Stronger Together”
Draft Vision
First Year Priorities
Structure
PRESENTATION TO SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL
FEBRUARY 6TH 2014
Prepared by
Suffolk’s Primary & Secondary Headteachers, FE Leaders & Governors
Following consensus-building phase 1
September 2013 to January 2014
“No School is an Island”
Report May 2013
Recommendation 2:
“Foster a county-wide change in leadership
through a new school- led Suffolk Partnership
for Excellence in Learning”
Who are we?
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Anna Richards Headteacher - Ixworth Primary School
Simon Whitney Headteacher - St Christopher’s PRU
Shaun Common Headteacher - Copleston High School
Alison Earle Headteacher - Barrow Primary School
Nigel Burgoyne - Headteacher Kesgrave High School
Barbara Beaton – Head of Faculty HE/Academic Partnerships
West Suffolk College
• Howard Lay – Principal Samuel Ward Academy Trust
• Sarah Rees Headteacher - Great Barton Primary School
• Madeleine Vigar Principal - The Castle Partnership Academy
Trust
How have we got to this point?
Consensus - Building Phase 1 (Sept 2013 – Jan 2014)
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Primary and Secondary Headteacher Workshops
Engaging with Associations eg: SASH, SPHA
Suffolk primary & secondary school visits
Hackney schools visits
Meetings with SCC Officers
Engaging with the National College – Charlie
Taylor
• Discussions with HMI
How have we got to this point?
Consensus - Building Phase 1 (Sept 2013 – Jan 2014)
• Engaging with governors
• Meetings with Suffolk Learning Improvement
Service Advisors
• Raising the Bar board meetings
• Meetings with Eastern Region National Leaders of
Education
• Learning Walk with Cllr Lisa Chambers
Sue Cook, Director CYP
at LA Meeting with Secondary
Headteachers on November 21st 2013
“We have an opportunity…..
“We need to shift our thinking, knowledge &
expertise to be distributed throughout the school
system”
“We have to think seriously together about how
the interface with the new LIS works with the
Learning Partnership”
Statutory
Service Delivery
Statutory Roles
•Statutory leadership + outcomes for all
children
•Held accountable for all schools
•Identifying failings schools and planning
to turn round, intervention and IEBs as
required if schools plans not robust
•Intelligence and performance evaluation,
categorisation of schools, challenge.
•Academy conversion
•Budget setting, monitoring, and
intervention if required
•Place planning, admissions, free school
meals
•Transport policy
• Capital planning, and commissioning
delivery form Concertus or others
•SOR
•Statutory SEN
•Statutory inclusion
Funded from base budget and retained
DSG
Learning
Partnership
Raising attainment in
partnership
New Schools Service
Provider
Traded Services to schools
• Ownership of RTB
implementation
• HR
• Curriculum design, Suffolk BAC
• Broadband
•Families of schools Brokerage of
partnerships, Peer challenge
• Finance trader services
•Joint vision and strategy
•System leadership
•Over time management of
resources e.g. challenge fund
Funds to be determined but
suggest £1 m of DSG (intervention
fund) as start, plus profit share
from arms length trader
• ICT
• Property maintenance (tba)
• Governor Services
• Traded LIS, including data
• Banking
• Insurance
• EWOs (to academies)
• Workforce development functions
•Others???
Schools
(includes academies)
Autonomous, responsible for their own
improvement, have delegated budgets
Funds from DSG – about £380 million
Funded entirely from trading income
from schools and others. No
contribution or subsidy from base or
DSG
“Life can be understood only backwards,
but it must be lived forwards”
- Soren Kierkegaard -
Consensus Building
Phase 1
Sept ‘13 – Jan ’14
Suffolk Secondary
Headteachers working with
Hackney Secondary School
Headteachers
November 2013
Consensus Building Phase 1 (Sept ‘13 – Jan ’14)
Headteacher Workshops
“Life can be understood only backwards,
but it must be lived forwards”
- Soren Kierkegaard Secondary HT Workshop Nov 13
Primary HT Workshop Dec 13
Secondary Headteachers Workshop
November 27th 2013
Vision Wordle
Primary Headteachers Workshop
December 9th 2013
Vision Wordle
Successful change involves…
Vision
Incen ves
Ac on
Plan
Skills
Resources
No Change
Ac on
Plan
Skills
Resources
Confusion
Skills
Resources
False Starts
Resources
Anxiety
Incen ves
Vision
Incen ves
Vision
Ac on
Plan
Incen ves
Vision
Ac on
Plan
Skills
Incen ves
Vision
Ac on
Plan
Skills
Frustra on
Resources
Successful
Change
The Suffolk Learning Partnership Proposals
DRAFT
Our Vision
The Suffolk Learning Partnership will foster collective responsibility for the lifelong learning of all
children and young people in Suffolk. Leaders and teachers will model the pride and ambition we seek for
all students, improving outcomes for all groups of learners. There will be renewed respect for education
in Suffolk.
We will be a sustainable, outward-looking Learning Partnership that raises outcomes for all by:
• Embracing change
• Building and sharing the excellent resources, including leadership skills, within our schools and
colleges
• Being accountable to our communities and to one another
• Building strong partnerships that increase confidence and provide challenge
• Developing effective relationships between individuals, institutions and communities
• Providing a rich environment which attracts and supports high quality staff
First Year Priorities
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Develop a structure for system-led leadership, driven by educational specialists
Create a Leadership, Training, Recruitment & Educational Research Academy (physical & virtual),
supporting the work of Teaching Schools and HE providers
Further develop Peer Challenge
Design and implement a web presence to improve communication across all Suffolk schools
Structure
a) The relationship with the LA-traded service (Schools Choice) and statutory functions needs to be clearly
defined. i.e. who is accountable for what?
b) The structure must reflect the principle of System Leadership.
The Suffolk Learning Partnership will be a company limited by guarantee.
The members of the Learning Partnership will be all schools (including academies & colleges) across Suffolk who will be
voting members of the Learning Partnership. Members will have the power to appoint and dismiss Directors.
The Board would consist of Non-Executive Board and Executive Board members. Exec Board members would lead the
work of The Learning Partnership.
The Board
This Board will consist of 16-20 members (Non-Exec and Exec) representing different educational phases and groups of
schools/organisations across Suffolk.
In addition, the structure could accommodate co-opted members.
(NB: It may be useful to present
this diagram in a different way)
Executive Board
This Board will consist of a full time Director and a team of 5 seconded practitioners from across the County; these
practitioners will be appointed using criteria to be agreed.
Early Years
e.g. 4-term secondment
with overlap for succession
3 days a week
Further & Higher
Education
e.g. 4-term secondment
with overlap for succession
3 days a week
Director
e.g. 3-year fixed
term contract
Primary
e.g. 4-term secondment
with overlap for succession
3 days a week
Full time
Special & PRU
Secondary
e.g. 4-term secondment
with overlap for succession
e.g. 4-term secondment
with overlap for succession
3 days a week
3 days a week
This Executive Board members could be responsible for:
• Improving teaching by bringing a coherent approach and new culture to Suffolk for teacher training and recruitment
• Setting up a teaching, training, leadership and recruitment Academy
• Setting clear expectations for schools in terms of standards and supporting in raising educational attainment
• Brokerage of school-to-school support and growing a focussed number of successful initiatives and structures (e.g.
Peer Challenge, Families of Schools)
• Monitoring data across schools and groups of schools
• Visiting schools & early years providers, brokering and sharing good practice to ensure sustainable impact
• Creating, leading and managing a web presence
• Leading research and development e.g. on parental engagement
• Stimulating bids for Challenge Fund and other external bids to raise standards
• Communicating positive messages to all stakeholders
The Suffolk Learning Partnership Proposals
DRAFT
Our Vision
The Suffolk Learning Partnership will foster collective responsibility for the lifelong learning of all
children and young people in Suffolk. Leaders and teachers will model the pride and ambition we seek for
all students, improving outcomes for all groups of learners. There will be renewed respect for education
in Suffolk.
We will be a sustainable, outward-looking Learning Partnership that raises outcomes for all by:
• Embracing change
• Building and sharing the excellent resources, including leadership skills, within our schools and
colleges
• Being accountable to our communities and to one another
• Building strong partnerships that increase confidence and provide challenge
• Developing effective relationships between individuals, institutions and communities
• Providing a rich environment which attracts and supports high quality staff
First Year Priorities
•
•
•
•
Develop a structure for system-led leadership, driven by educational specialists
Create a Leadership, Training, Recruitment & Educational Research Academy (physical & virtual),
supporting the work of Teaching Schools and HE providers
Further develop Peer Challenge
Design and implement a web presence to improve communication across all Suffolk schools
Priorities: Tasks for immediate action
Brokering school to school support
• Set up a Suffolk Learning Partnership system
for school to school support and sharing best
practice with a subscription from schools
• Incorporate existing best practice from
Families of Schools and Challenge Partners
into the Suffolk Learning Partnership system
• Know our schools: Set up a War Room! Using
Key Dials (self-evaluation tool) to engender a
culture of transparency
Priorities: Tasks for immediate action
Suffolk Teacher Recruitment
• Strengthen systems for Teacher recruitment
and developing the identity of Suffolk
teachers: possible work with Hays – including
a Teach First for Suffolk
• Set up a pool of teachers & leaders for Suffolk
schools through Teaching School Alliances
• Implement a secondment scheme for teachers
& leaders from outside Suffolk eg: Hackney
Priorities: Tasks for immediate action
Teacher Training
• Strengthen teacher training by setting up
physical/virtual hubs possibly through
Teaching School Alliances and the
development of existing schemes. Work in
partnership with FE and HE providers.
Priorities: Tasks for immediate action
Curriculum:
Numeracy
• Develop existing Primary Advantage Maths &
Maths Mastery schemes across Suffolk
Communication Skills:
• Implement similar schemes across Suffolk
Governors
• Set up Governor Workshops to discuss and agree
Vision and priorities for the Suffolk Learning
Partnership
Next Steps …..
Move to Consensus Building Phase 2: Feb – April 2014
• Second a Primary Headteacher to build consensus
• Employ a legal consultant to secure the legal
structure of the Learning Partnership
• Governor Workshops to build consensus
• Headteacher Workshops to build consensus
• Meetings with the C of E & RC Diocese representatives
• Write a costed action plan for the Learning
Partnership (March to October 2014)
• Devise criteria for Challenge Fund to support the
growth of specified Curriculum projects (eg Maths
Advantage, Maths Mastery)
Next Steps …..
• Meetings with Hays recruitment – a Suffolk Teach First
system?
• Consideration of situation of Physical hubs for teacher
training, including rural areas
• Set up a physical “War Room”
• Discuss the implementation of a Key Dials (self evaluation
tool) system
• Meetings to extend and incorporate Peer Challenge
• Meetings to extend and incorporate Family of Schools
• Discussions with SPHA regarding joint conferences for
Headteachers
• SASH Conference “Stronger Together” July 4th – joint Primary
& Secondary Headteachers sessions
“Stronger Together”
“Life can be understood only backwards,
but it must be lived forwards”
- Soren Kierkegaard -

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