Meeting information

Meeting: Schools Forum 

Date: 20 June 2022 

Report of: Mark Storey (Head of Education Standards and Achievement) 

Subject: School Improvement Monitoring Grant 

Wards Affected: All 

1. Purpose of the report

1.1

To update on use of the School Improvement Monitoring Grant as agreed at 

 Minutes from Schools Forum meeting Monday 17 January 2022   

1.2

To provide an update and further information on how the funding is being used 2022/23 and how this has been agreed. 

2. Recommendations

2.1

To return to the forum in the Autumn term to agree de-delegation of funding for 2023/2024. 

3. Background and information

3.1

A report came to school forum in January 2022 about the monitoring grant and de-delegation of the funding was agreed. This was 50% of £221,000.  The other 50% came from the DfE in 2022/23 directly to the Local Authority. Note in 2023/24, 100% of the funding would need to be de-delegated, none is coming directly to the Local Authority from the DfE. 

3.1.4

A meeting took place with partnership chairs in February 2022, where an initial spending plan was shared with all chairs. The spending plan was also discussed with the City’s National Leaders of Education on 1st March 2022.  It was decided by partnership chairs that a stakeholder group would be created, involving secondary, primary and faith schools, to review the spending plans.  This group met on 4th May 2022 and agreed that the planned expenditure was sensible and appropriate. 

3.2 Spending Plan 

3.2.1

The spend will be in four main areas as below   

3.2.3

Funding will get used in 4 ways across primary and secondary.  

3.2.4

To monitor schools and complete categorisation .  School Partnership Advisers (SPA), carry out termly visits in primary and secondary schools.  Schools receive detailed logs of visits which are shared with governors.  This enables all schools to receive external challenge, support and a base level of school improvement in addition to a validation of their own self-assessment.  It also allows categorisation to take place which identifies schools at risk.  The process is quality assured by LA officers through shared visits, scrutiny of the reports and peer visits. We are working with Headteachers to improve quality and are now implementing an annual survey for headteachers to gather regular feedback on the effectiveness of the provision. These School Partnership Advisers are also funded to support during Headteacher recruitment; Ofsted Inspections and during unforeseen emergencies.   

Cost = £72,950 

3.2.5

To intervene when schools are in need intervention and support.   

Schools that are selected through the categorisation process of being in need of intervention and support (as explained in School Improvement Strategy) will receive a share of the funding to support bespoke intervention to secure rapid improvement. 

This will pay for a variety of support needed by these schools.  This support is written onto a support plan.  This will pay mainly for SPAs, NLEs, NLGs, SLEs and other Headteachers to provide expertise when a school is in need of this support.   

Note that a school in need of intervention and support is either inspected by Ofsted and Requiring Improvement (or below), or the Local Authority has deemed there to be a risk of the school being judged in this way. This can be for a number of wide ranging reasons, but can be due to extra support needed with the quality of teaching and learning, or the leadership and management of the school.  The amount is shared between 11 schools currently but this will likely vary during the year. 

Cost = £89,800  

3.2.6

Projects to help tackle educational disadvantage 

The outcomes of disadvantaged pupils at all stages in Brighton and Hove have been highlighted as a concern, despite otherwise excellent academic results. This has led to the Brighton and Hove Education Partnership identifying this as a key priority for the city. These projects will be established by the City’s Strategy for Tackling Educational Disadvantage and decided by the strategy’s leadership group.  This money will be used to support a project involving over 20 schools in the Durrington Research School led project and training.  It will also support poverty proofing the school day projects and support for secondary subject networks. 

Cost = £36,000  

3.2.7

Projects to support Leadership wellbeing and development 

This money is used to fund a variety of coaching opportunities for all headteachers and senior leaders in the City in addition to supporting an enhanced “professional mentor” role.  It includes funding appropriate training for mentors 

Cost = £22,250 

3.2.8 Measuring Impact   

An impact report will be written at the end of the financial year.  Note the names of schools will be redacted but the report will include a focus on schools remaining or becoming good and provide some detail on what has been provided.