Each maintained school will be categorised, using common language, clear criteria and clarity about the support and challenge package that accompanies it. This process ensures that resources are used to support the right schools. The categories can be summarised as:
We believe that the prime responsibility for knowing a school well is with school leaders and therefore we have amended our School Improvement Strategy to adopt a more risk- based approach, particularly in light of the current circumstances schools are working under.
As such, the process and means of categorising schools now incorporates a range of risks in a self- evaluation process which will enable us to identify with Heads both vulnerabilities in individual schools, and to identify wider Surrey issues which will need to be addressed at a county- wide strategic level.
Please download the Key Support Needs Assessment (KSNA) for completion.
This information will be used to determine whether schools need to be identified as either Support and Challenge or Light Touch. In this way we will ensure all schools receive the support and challenge they need to develop and improve.
In order to provide external validation and bench marking of the self-assessment process, a number of system leaders/NLEs will work alongside Heads with the Key Support Needs Assessment (KSNA) in approximately one third of schools. The schools will be determined randomly.
If this would be useful to your school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a visit.
A school may move category at any time during an academic year leading to an increase or decrease in funded support. In this event the school will be informed in writing.
Senior leaders from SAfE will meet at least annually with representatives of all multi-academy trusts and standalone academies. Where a trust has at least one school identified as meeting the criteria for challenge and support they will meet with the representative termly.
Academies have also been invited to complete a Key Support Needs Assessment in order to contribute to generating robust insights into real areas of strengths and room for improvement in the educational landscape across Surrey and will help schools assist each other in improving performance and driving towards equity and excellence for all.
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