School Improvement Partner
A School Improvement Partner provides professional challenge and support to the
school, helping its leadership to evaluate its performance, identify priorities
for improvement, and plan effective change. The school improvement partner acts
for the local authority and is the main channel for local authority
communication about school improvement with the school.
The guiding principles
of the school improvement partner's work are:
The core functions include advice to the school's governing body on the performance management of the head teacher and the school's performance management arrangements. On average, a school improvement partner should devote five days to a school every year. Generally around 3 days of this takes place in school, whilst preparation - reading and report-writing for example – occurs out of school and accounts for the balance of the time. The order of activities is discussed and agreed between the school improvement partner and head teacher taking into account the school's planning cycle and priorities. Every school improvement partner sets aside a total of four additional days a year for professional development and for national, regional and local networking.
This networking provides opportunities for communicating and sharing information, for example from and with the local Learning and Skills Council (LSC) or Government Office, who have important contributions to make. Local authorities and the National Strategies school improvement partner team are responsible for coordinating these contributions locally, regionally and nationally.
The School Improvement Partner has a limited number of exchanges with the
school's leadership about how well the school is serving its pupils and how the
school needs to improve. These exchanges vary from school to school, but have a
Director: Dr. Dave Anderson, B.Ed, B.A. (Hons), M.A., MSc.
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