Our vision is that as many children, young people and staff as possible are able to access and benefit from a collaborative, self-improving approach regarding school to school support and that it successfully meets the needs of our Catholic school communities.
The Liverpool Archdiocese Education Department believe that the case for school to school support across and between our Catholic schools is a strong one with many examples of good practice and collaborative working already in existence across all local authority areas across the Archdiocese.
We believe that the benefits of collaborative working and school to school support should include:
- improved and positive outcomes for children and young people;
- improved recruitment, retention and succession planning at all levels within and across our schools;
- access to a wider range of professional development and practice;
- increased morale, shared Catholic ethos and increased capacity for improvement
The vast majority of Catholic schools support the archdiocesan view that school to school support is a key component of our Strategic Plan. These support structures are already thriving across our schools in a number of ways including:
- collaborative structures, e.g. clusters, alliances, learning networks, collaboratives, partnerships, chains, etc;
- middle and senior leadership local and national programmes;
- NQT and RQT support networks;
- peer to peer support, where an appropriately skilled professional (e.g. National or Local Leader of Education, Lead Practitioner, etc.) gives direct support to another school and/or fellow professional;
- teaching schools where a ‘hub school’ will provide outstanding support, CPD and good practice across a number of other schools.
The key objectives underpinning school to school support are summarised below. Schools will be able to:
- work together where it is beneficial to do so;
The Role of the Archdiocese
- share expertise and good practice;
- develop and nurture any specific roles the school(s) or individual professionals may have, e.g. National Leader of Education, Catholic Leader of Education, Headteacher Mentor, Teaching School designation
- ensure school to school support responds to local and national issues and helps address improvement priorities.
Within and across local authorities, the Archdiocese will seek to work in partnership with our schools to help enrich and maximise the impact of school to school support on outcomes for children and young people. This will include:
- facilitation - supporting and nurturing the development of new structures, procedures and working practices;
- commissioning - establishing, securing and supporting need
- brokering - matching need with provision;
- signposting – providing clear and speedy direction to appropriate support and collaborative working
The Archdiocese’s approach to school to school support includes a range of significant and important partners including:
- local authorities across the Liverpool Archdiocese and beyond
- other Diocesan authorities, both Catholic and non-catholic;
- higher education and teacher training establishments;
- educational charities and business links;
Schools will be able to draw on the support offered by these and other partners to enhance and nurture their existing school to school support strategies.
Further information on school to school support can be obtained from your designated Schools Officer and contact details are available via this link