School effectiveness

The council works with local schools and other educational organisations to ensure that all children and young people, including the most vulnerable, receive an excellent, inclusive education, make good progress in their learning and achieve the highest possible standards.

Together, we and our partners work to ensure that children are healthy and safe, contribute positively to their community and are ready for the challenges of further education and employment.

We recognise the independence of individual schools and their responsibility for improving the lives of all pupils. The council's Setting and School Effectiveness Service (SSES) monitors the performance of all educational organisations, using a range of evidence to support and challenge them if appropriate.

Schools are supported to identify priorities for improvement and play a lead role in organising school-to-school support and promoting good practice.

Specialist support to schools

We offer specialist support to schools in the following ways:

  • an annual Compliance and Governor Training Programme that helps schools comply with their statutory duties
  • an Appropriate Body service for the induction of Early Career Teachers
  • a primary monitoring and moderation service for the SATs and Teacher Assessments.