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Independent report on support for school improvement in Poole

Borough of Poole has welcomed the findings of an independent report into the support provided to raise standards in Poole schools.
The Council commissioned Isos Partnership to undertake a review of its arrangements for supporting school improvement in Poole.
The review included a survey of headteachers and governors from Poole schools, plus interviews with senior council officers and councillors.
A report on the review’s findings identified a number of key strengths in the approach adopted by the Council to support school improvement in Poole:
  • Effective use of data to identify concerns with overall and individual school performance.
  • ‘Robust and decisive action’ with those schools not making progress.
  • Providing or commissioning support to schools in difficulty.
  • Support for Governors and the Early Years.
  • Work conducted with partners to strengthen the development of school-to-school support between individual schools, including the establishment of a School Standards Board.
The report also identified the following areas where improvements could be made:
  • Promoting the Council’s vision and strategy for education more effectively to schools.
  • Raising the level of ambition for Poole schools and learners, building on existing work to improve outcomes at Key Stage 2.
  • Further strengthening the development of school-to-school support.
  • Improving relationships with and between secondary schools.
Cllr Janet Walton, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: "We welcome the findings of this independent review.  It is helpful that it identifies strengths in the Council’s approach to working with our local schools to raise standards and improve the outcomes for all our young people but also gives clear recommendations on next steps.
"The Council’s aim now is to build on the partnership work already being undertaken with schools and to continue to raise standards in education for all our children and young people."

The Council will develop a comprehensive action plan in response to the findings of the Isos review. 

Cllr Mike White, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Capital Projects, said: "The findings of the Isos review are welcomed by the Council.  We are all committed to continuing to work together in a concerted and determined manner to raise educational standards for children and young people in Poole. 
"The Isos report sets out clear recommendations for our future joint work with schools and how schools can best work together.
"It is essential that elected members take a key and proactive role in this area.  I am very pleased that the Children and Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be requested at its meeting on 20 July to set up a cross-party working party on Raising Educational Standards, including monitoring the delivery of the action plan which will set out how we and schools are implementing the recommendations of the Isos report."

View the agenda and reports for the Children and Young People's Overview and Scrutiny Committee.