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Education Improvement Team (EIS)

Education Improvement Service (EIS)

The Education Improvement Service (Children’s Services) ensures that schools and settings are well placed to secure the very best outcomes for the children and young people in Stockton-on-Tees and to carry out the statutory duties pertaining to educational provision. To achieve this, the service monitors the outcomes of schools and settings to inform a targeted approach to intervention and support to ensure that no child is left behind. The Local Authority retains many statutory duties from the Education Act 2011; the ones pertaining to education improvement include:

  • using powers of intervention to tackle underperforming schools
  • issuing warning notices where a school is causing concern regarding performance,
  • standards or safety that is not being remedied by appropriate action
  • taking action when a school goes into an Ofsted category

Other duties around the provision and support of educational services, include:

  • moderation and monitoring of assessment processes
  • ensuring full entitlement to curriculum
  • convening a SACRE
  • agreeing the school calendar
  • promoting the educational achievement of Looked After Children
  • providing provision for children who cannot be in mainstream education
  • improving outcomes for all children under 5
  • promoting early years services
  • ensuring Children Centres meet need
  • ensuring quality childcare
  • promoting the effective participation in education or training of young people in the area to 18 (25 if SEN)

This means that to meet these statutory duties there needs to be robust monitoring, challenge and support leading to intervention where necessary.  As a partner in delivering sector-led whole system school improvement, the Education Improvement Service is committed to seeking sustainable solutions and also to providing high quality school improvement support and services to schools and settings.  This support covers school leadership, early years providers, teaching and learning, behaviour and attendance, safeguarding, Special Educational Needs practice, early years and all aspects of curriculum 0-19.  It also includes support and challenge to schools with vulnerable learners including asylum seekers, refugees, pupils from a Traveller heritage, Looked After Children, pupils with minority ethnic heritage and those with English as an Additional Language (EAL).

The work of the Education Improvement Service in supporting schools and settings is achieved through:

  • supporting the development of the Campus Stockton Teaching Alliance
  • directing resources to support the most effective and efficient models of partnering under performing schools
  • auditing and promoting best practice in the family of schools and enabling the sharing of expertise
  • commissioning support from National Support Schools, National and Local Leaders of Education, strategic partners and best practice within the family of schools in Stockton
  • facilitating the development of school-to-school partnerships in different models to build capacity for sustainable system leadership
  • providing robust monitoring and challenge arrangements for schools through School Improvement Advisers including school and setting leaders and partners
  • accessing local and national expertise for professional development opportunitiesand conferences
  • providing high quality and dynamic bespoke and central professional development opportunities
  • championing the Teaching School Alliance
  • hosting briefings and forums, such as Education Matters, to share excellent practice and disseminate information and current policy and practice.

Who to contact

Telephone
01642 526385

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