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Collaborative Reviews

Our collaborative reviews now work 2 ways: these can be topic-driven, wherein those interested in a specified topic meet to research, debate, learn and share best practice. Or via the group approach wherein Headteachers and Business Managers within member schools are divided into working groups of 4/5 schools to focus on an area specified by the host school. This provides participants an opportunity for objective analysis of the school’s strengths and needs, whilst providing peer to peer support and challenge in a safe environment.

NW24 Moderation

An NW24 moderation of writing standards is held each year, with an expert external Moderator focusing on at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Last year we commissioned a body of work from our external moderator, which now provides us with the platform to launch and manage internal moderation exercises for every other year group, during the same week. This helps our teachers to be assured that their teacher assessments are accurate and consistent from school to school. This event is held over the course of one week, so providing an occasion for all teachers come together as members of a family of schools, to learn from each other and to celebrate the standards that all of our children can achieve.

NW24 Partnership INSET
Each year we hold an NW24-wide INSET Day. NW24 delivers a portfolio of diverse workshops, on the first day of Term 3, focusing on key themes distilled from our member schools School Development Plans and relevant to all staff from across our school membership. This year we altered the model to allow unlimited numbers to attend most workshops. 10 different schools hosted. For some, this was the opportunity to listen to influential people with the big ideas, such as Mary Myatt and Professor Paul Howard Jones. For others, it was the introduction to key new skills and ideas worthy of cascading to colleagues in school: ‘Word Aware’ or the Ambitious Early Years classroom. There was also a strong focus on exploring key thinking around significant aspects of the agenda for vulnerable pupils in sessions on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Tackling Educational Disadvantage. It all added up to a diverse and exciting offer that drew a really positive response from schools in the partnership. The number of places sold and sessions attended was the highest ever, especially at the Governors’ twilight session. This tells us that we are moving in the right direction in identifying what schools want and what is a sustainable way of delivering that. By implementing this new model we were able to engage many high value providers and invite unlimited staff from all member schools to attend, yet keep the costs to our member schools extremely low and at the same level as the past three years; just as important in these financially challenging times.

Raising or maintaining standards in all schools.