Presentation on theme: " St John’s Catholic School And St James the Great Catholic School A Soft Federation?"— Presentation transcript:
St John’s Catholic School And St James the Great Catholic School A Soft Federation?
What is a soft federation A solution for schools to manage challenges which might affect one or more of the schools in the federation Recruitment (headteacher in particular) Achievements (Ofsted Inspection) School sizes Other names can include ‘collaboration’ but this is not an ‘academy’
St James the Great Catholic School Ofsted report Weaknesses in leadership and management Unable to recruit new headteacher at this time Ms Babb been working to support the GB and senior leadership team to improve Positive outcomes of HMI visit School improving
Soft Federation Structure Headteacher Head of St Johns SLTteachers 2 separate GBs Head of St James SLTteachers
Advantages Retention of HT and Head of School Experience of both leaders is valuable Teachers have parallel colleague in other school Observations, Professional Development Retention of good teachers and support staff Opportunities to share ideas Governors, teachers, leaders School improving potential for both schools
Disadvantages Headteacher is not around the school as much as usual Staff will wait for HT to come to school and go to her rather than Head of School Children’s learning suffers as HT not always around Two headteachers so who is in charge?
2012/13 Children are still achieving School is still running smoothly LA advisors are pleased with the improvements in both schools Independent verification that St John’s has maintained its quality assurance for the children and staff No increase in complaints or challenges from any source The two leaders ‘balance’ each other with strengths and weaknesses on both sides
Headteacher and Head of School Ms Babb & Ms Jajechnyk Information about how this last year has helped your children achieve
Consultation Governors keen to hear from parents about their thoughts on this proposal Governors here … Speak to them in groups or to me or to HT or Head of School