All schools have strengths and areas for development
Our approach to school improvement is based on school to school support. The principals and senior staff at schools within the RSA Family take responsibility for leading school improvement within their own school and also across the Family as a whole. Our model recognises that all schools, irrespective of Ofsted category, have both strengths and areas for development and will therefore be both offering and receiving support and challenge from other schools, with schools that are less than securely ‘good’ receiving structured support.
Schools that join the Family as sponsored Academies receive a structured programme of support from another school in the RSA Family. In the case of Arrow Vale and Ipsley this support has been provided by Whitley Academy. It has included the secondment of senior staff from Whitley, ongoing advice, support and assistance from Whitley’s principal as well as joint continuing professional opportunities for staff in the three schools. There has been an increase in collaborative working by a variety of staff in the schools, including the school business managers, SEN co-ordinators, and English leads. This package of support has been key to the schools’ rapid improvement, with Ipsley now judged by Ofsted to be ‘good’ and Arrow Vale to be ‘outstanding’
In addition to strategic improvement support, we also work across subject areas according to the schools’ priorities. The Literacy Review across the schools looked at their strengths and weaknesses, following this review the English teachers wanted to establish a network to share best practice with each other and find out ways of tackling different scenarios in the classroom and curriculum. We have followed this with a ‘peer review process’.
Ipsley CE RSA Academy
Arrow Vale RSA Academy
Abbeywood First School
Church Hill Middle School
|Date Started||01 April 2011|
|Date Finished||on going|
|Project Funder||RSA Academies and individual schools|