School performance and improvement
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
produces performance tables so you can see how your local school
You can compare with levels of performance in schools elsewhere,
with average levels in the local education authorities and across
the country as a whole.
The tables cannot give a complete picture of a school, but they
do provide a guide to how well a school or college is doing.
What to look for
Probably the best guide to school performance of the figures
shown on the tables is Value Added.
Rather than showing how many pupils reached a particular level,
Value Added figures show how pupils have improved in their time in
When looking into which school you would like your child to
attend, we would recommend considering the ethos of the school as
well as results, which can never give a full picture taken
We want all schools in the Rochdale borough to perform to their
full potential. To help achieve this we have a School Improvement
Team who provide:
- Support and monitoring for schools causing concern.
- Support for headteacher recruitment, induction and newly
- An annual cycle of link officer visits.
- Management and implementation of statutory requirements.
- Management and implementation of Education Development Plan
The role of the School Improvement Officer
Each School Improvement Officer is attached to a group of
schools. For each school the officer will:
- Monitor school performance.
- Make a half day visit in the Autumn Term to carry out a Joint
Annual Review discussion involving representatives of governors and
members of the Senior Management Team to review progress and set
- Make a half day visit in the summer term to support school
- Attend post-OFSTED feedback to governors.
- Co-ordinate the implementation of
support plans where
schools are allocated additional CSA support.
- Provide telephone advice on curriculum and management
- Act as the Chief Education Officer's representative in
Headteacher appointments and where appropriate Deputy Headteacher
- Provide advice and support in relation to capability or
- Provide support and advice to new and acting headteachers.
In addition, each School Improvement Officer will support the
implementation of the national strategies by making a half-day
strategy monitoring visit every term to a targeted sample of
schools focusing on:
- Autumn term – Primary numeracy and literacy
- Spring term – Key Stage 3 strategy and ICT
- Summer term - Primary numeracy and literacy
The role of the Strategy Consultant
Consultants provide support to schools for the implementation of
CSA and national strategies for literacy, numeracy, ICT and Key
Stage 3. Each consultant will:
- Provide support and training for a specified group of schools
through a programme of whole school INSET, demonstration lessons, team
teaching, lesson observations and work scrutiny
- Provide support for schools identified as warranting additional
- Deliver CSA wide INSET based on national and local
- Contribute to network meetings of heads of department and
The role of Advisory Teachers and Co-ordinators
The Advisory Teacher (ICT) provides support for schools at
primary level. The Advisory Teacher for Assessment provides
information and advice on assessment issues, including statutory
assessment, at primary level. The Teaching Assistant Development
Officer is responsible for developing a co-ordinated approach to
induction, training and support for teaching assistants working in
schools maintained by the Borough.
School Improvement Team
Rochdale OL16 1YD
Tel: 01706 925072
Email: School Improvement