Presentation on theme: "The School-led system and NLG"— Presentation transcript:
1 The School-led system and NLG Bernard TomkinsGood morningCongratulations again on progressing to today’s induction. Thank you for the work you’ve already done in your own schools to raise standards.Your job, as strategic leaders of our schools, has always been crucial, and never more so than now where there is an increasing focus on governance.
2 What is a school-led system? “We have many excellent schools in this countryBut there are still too many that are falling behind and failing their children - large numbers of whom are leaving school without basic literacy and numeracy skills. “Improvement driven from withinOutstanding school leaders are the most effective agents for positive change in educationWorking in partnership to build capacity and raise standards across the systemWe recognise that we have many excellent schools in this country, but there are still too many that are falling behind.We are confident that improvement driven from within – a school-led system – is the most effective approach to addressing this.In the purest form, a school-led system is one where the processes by which educational standards are raised, and outcomes for pupils improved, are fully the responsibility of schools themselves. This is a system where teaching schools and the best system leaders – including NLGs - at the hub and where the role of Government is to support rather than lead.Improvement driven from withinwill allow the very best teachers and school leaders to become effective agents for positive change.they will be able to model excellence in practice, and work in partnership to build capacity and raise standards across the system.this recognises that outstanding school leaders – not Government ministers and officials – are the most effective agents for positive change in education.The rationale for this approach is that the system knows what it needs to do to improve itself. And the core strategy is system leadership.
3 How will it be achieved? System leadership Teaching schools – 351 Teaching school alliances - 298National leaders of education - 863Local leaders of education – 1,894Specialist leaders of education – 2,536National leaders of governanceSystem leadership is the core strategy for driving improvement from within.Listed here are the designations for system leaders, including NLG.Your own headteacher or principal might well be an NLE, LLE, or your school might be a designated teaching school or part of a teaching school alliance.So what is system leadership?
4 What is system leadership? System leaders care about, and work for, the success of all children not just those in their own schoolSome system leadership roles are undertaken by those with formal designations. For example SLEs, LLEs, NLEs and NLG are designated against strict criteriaSome leaders undertake system leadership roles at the request of the local authority, diocese or another schoolSystem leaders care about, and work for, the success of all children not just those in their own schoolSome system leadership roles are undertaken by those with formal designations. For example SLEs, LLEs, NLEs and NLG are designated against strict criteriaSome leaders undertake system leadership roles at the request of the local authority, diocese or another school
5 System leadership isn’t parachuting in to take over recognises the importance of leadership in school improvementSystem leadership:Isn’t parachuting in to take overIt recognises the importance of leadership in school improvementIt marks a decisive break with the ‘super head’ or ‘super chair’ model
6 System leadership is structured on: School leaders AND their schools being the agents of school-to-school improvementPeer to peer supportWorking togetherSystem leadership is structured on:School leaders AND their schools being the agents of school-to-school improvementPeer to peer supportWorking together
7 Increasing focus on governance Governance often found wanting in weak schoolsIn around 40% of schools, governance is not as strong as it should be . (based upon 9 criteria)High quality governance is crucialExternal review of governanceNational College is now an executive arm of the DfEWe know from Ofsted, that where schools are weak, governance is also often to be found wanting. Ofsted found that, in around 40% of schools, governance is not as strong as it should be, so it’s right that Ofsted has sharpened its focus in this area.High quality governance is crucial as a vehicle for raising school performance, and so to improve governance, Ofsted may recommend that a school has an external review of governance.This has been the case for schools judged as requiring improvement where governance is weak, since September 2012.(NB The DfE Governors’ handbook is due to be published 13th January 2014, and might indicate that schools judged good but with weak governance could be recommended an external RoG.)
8 DfE input for improving governance Introduction of new regulations for constitution of governing bodies - Sept 2012Piloting external reviews of governance and release of resources to open market - Feb 2013Introduction of Ofsted school data dashboard to provide stakeholders with access to data - Feb 2013An expanded NLG and National College training offer, including free training workshops for governors and a training programme for Clerks - Jul 2014Over the past 16 months, the Department has had a focus on equipping governors to undertake their strategic role, and listed above are some of those initiatives.(NB The DfE Governors’ handbook is due to be published 13th January 2014.)However, we recognise that we can’t do it alone, and that’s why the Government’s vision for raising standards in education is centred on the notion of a school-led system.2
9 What does an NLG do?“National leaders of governance are highly effective chairs of governors, who use their skills and experience to support chairs of governors in other schools and academies.”NLG is requested to assist by school, GB, LA or Diocese.NLG deals with COG only.Pre – agreed outcome. (not pathway)Both supported COG , and the COG providing support raise standards.Providing support can be some of the best personal development available as it requires you to reflect on your own practice, and observe both good and bad practice in other schools.Reviews of Governance.There are significant benefits of system leadership, to both the supported school and the school providing support:Both supported school, and the school providing support raise standardsEvidence indicates that standards in both schools improvesProviding support can be some of the best personal CPD available as it requires you to reflect on your own practice, and observe both good and bad practice in other schoolsNLG report that deployments help them to reflect on their practice as chair, and they can bring good practice back to their own contextSupports succession planning activities, and enables staff to “step up” and “step out” of their school, in structured and supported mannerEnables staff to work in greater numbers of schools, in differing contexts, and with different structures, thus enabling them to broaden their experienceGives individuals the opportunity to celebrate their success and their achievementsThe engine of the self-improving system are Teaching Schools.
10 NLG as system leaders NLG are making a difference Since April 2012, NLG have supported 371 schools; 209 of these deployments are now complete.91% supported chairs were satisfied or very satisfied with the support they received from the NLGThe role is part of the school-led, self-improving systemagents of improvement in governanceNLG are system leaders who fit at the heart of this picture.NLG are making a differenceSince April 2012, NLG have supported 371 schools; 209 of these deployments are now complete.91% supported chairs were satisfied or very satisfied with the support they received from the NLGIn taking on this role, you are part of the school-led, self-improving systemYou are in the best position to be agents of improvement in governanceThank you for the work on which you’re about to embark, and for the difference you will make to the lives of children.[Hand over to Alistair Shaw]
11 Thank you for listening. Any questions? Alistair: Thank you Sinead for your overview and input.I’d now like to give colleagues an opportunity to process the morning so far by discussing on your tables the following :“If there was one question you would be disappointed leaving without the answer to, what would it be?”Please discuss in your groups and write down your questions on a post it note. We’ll aim to address these between now and 3.45pm when you depart.If you haven’t already introduced yourselves to each other round the table you may wish to do that now.