Continual school improvement is a universal theme with all schools in Northumberland.

Continual school improvement is a universal theme with all schools in Northumberland. Often that improvement is driven by individual school or partnership capacity. When a school is graded as less than ‘good’ either by Ofsted, SIP report, through self-evaluation or when a school believes that this is a possibility, they may require some support from additional sources to enable rapid progress to be made. Northumberland LA has a range of additional services beyond the School Improvement SLA which can support the needs of individual schools. The support available is listed below. Schools can select from the menu to design their own ‘School Support Package’.

Schools are asked to contact charlotte.thomson@northumberland.gov.uk who will forward your request  to the most appropriate commissioner so that they can facilitate the services required.

Additional support Description Basic cost
Action/impact planning Support with writing action plans, monitoring programmes and target setting. This would usually be with the appropriate commissioner. Free to schools in the School Improvement SLA
Additional SIP time Additional SIP work to support the action plan including monitoring, moderation, leadership support, steering groups, assisted review, bespoke professional development etc. £400 per day
Additional PCo time Support beyond the universal PCo service in line with the above. £500 per day
Early Years support Support from the EY team including EY review, action planning, monitoring, moderation, leadership support, steering groups, bespoke professional development etc. This work could be with development workers, consultants or the EY adviser. From 0-£300 per day depending on SLA membership
ICT support E-safety audit, website compliance check, curriculum review. Varies with school size
Safeguarding Review A light touch or whole school review of safeguarding. Free to all schools
Pupil Premium Review Undertaken by one of our Associate Advisers in line with the John Dunford process. It includes a PP audit, action plan, monitoring and impact report. The process takes 4 days over a minimum of 2 terms. £1600
“Lite” Pupil Premium Review This review provides external validation for schools in terms of: website compliance, analysis of impact of existing strategies, suggestions for future spending. Outcomes are be a written report  containing an evaluation of the impact of current practice and action plan for future spending. The process takes 2 and a half days and is undertaken by an Associate Adviser. £1000
Governance Review There are two options, light touch training to support internal review or a full external review in line with Ofsted requirements £250-£1000
SEND health check A member of SEND team will visit to review all the school SEND processes following completion of a self-assessment toolkit Free to schools in the School Improvement SLA
Teaching School Partnership The Northumberland Teaching School Cluster contains a range of teaching schools working in Northumberland. This group will pair schools with a teaching school to support all areas of school improvement through NLE, SLE’s, bespoke training packages and access to other professional development. Links arranged for free. Packages may come with a cost but may qualify for external funding
Leader Development We are engaging a provider to deliver a middle/senior leadership programme for 16-17. Subject leaders, senior teachers and deputy heads will all be catered for. Varies with school size
Head Teacher Mentor Head Teacher mentors are available. The links will be facilitated by a commissioner. Free to schools in the School Improvement SLA
Human Resources A review of any staffing issues and/or the whole school staffing structure. Free to schools in HR gold SLA
Budget/Finance A review of current income and expenditure and the possible impact of a change in Ofsted grading. This would initially be with the appropriate commissioner. Initially free to schools in the School Improvement SLA