Improving Learning Together
- to promote early action to tackle school underperformance so that it does not become entrenched and lead to formal school failure;
- to ensure that effective support and challenge is provided immediately when an unacceptable standard of education is identified, so that improvements can be made quickly;
- to secure decisive action if a school in special measures fails to make sufficient improvements, so that the education and life chances of pupils are protected.
A further revision took place in June 2013 to update the aims, to advise of the requirements of the Local Authority to deploy formal powers of intervention where appropriate and to advise of amendments to the annual cycle of review, evaluation, support and challenge.
The Education Act confirms the role of Local Authorities in promoting educational excellence and there is an expectation that schools themselves will play a greater role in school improvement, with 'school to school support' being the preferred model. The Local Authority has formed a strong partnership with the South Essex Teaching School Alliance to implement this model of school support and networking and the System Leadership Strategy acts as an addendum to Improving Learning Together (ILT). ILT provides the Framework for this new partnership approach, designed to draw on the best of Southend School Practice in order to secure continuous improvement for all Southend's schools.
Key strategies that support the Improving Learning Together Strategy are our special education needs strategy; Early Help, Partnership, Choice and Ambition which aims to build on the outstanding practice of our settings and schools, engage the support of the parents and the community and voluntary sector and utilise the skills and expertise of strategic health and education professionals in order to transform the way in which we meet the special educational needs of the children and young people in our town. Our Integrated Locality Toolkit describes the work at the heart of our arrangements to make sure those children with additional needs of various sorts and their families get a timely, joined-up and effective service. We have a strong response to the needs of children and families as early as possible, to ensure that needs are met as early as possible and this has a greater impact on outcomes.
Last updated: 15th November 2013