School Improvement

Primary School Improvement

A suite of School Improvement professional development programmes in Phonics, Reading & Writing, Maths, Oracy and English as an Additional Language. Each programme will target approximately 35 schools.

  • Phonics – Led by Derby Early Years Teaching School, the programme consists of high quality training, support for in school improvement; network meetings and the opportunity to share best practice and visit other schools. 
  • Reading and writing – Led by Transform Trust, the programme provides training for classroom teachers and teaching assistants led by a team of English specialists and focused English leader sessions to develop a whole school strategy for reading / writing 
  • Mathematics – Lead by Spencer Academies Trust, the programme provides support to schools to strengthen their mathematics improvement strategy and maths mastery training from the maths hub. 
  • Oracy – Lead by Hardwick Primary, the programme supports the development of children’s capacity to use speech to express their thoughts and communicate with others, in education and in life. 
  • English as an Additional Language – Led by the Harmony Trust, the programme includes a blend of CPD through training sessions, group mentor meetings, professional learning community sessions, audits and action planning.

Secondary English and maths consolidation

A programme at KS4 to strengthen the leadership, and improve the quality of provision in English and Maths. The programme follows on, and has learnt lessons from, the School Secondary School Strategic Improvement Strategy (SSIF) programme which ran in academic year 18/19, and has two main strands:

  • To strengthen the strategic leadership in English and maths through peer challenge, for each school to review its strategic approach to English and maths.
  • To improve the quality of provision through training for teachers in English and maths departments, learning from individuals who have led recent improvement work in similar contexts and providing schools with the experience of visiting highly successful schools working in a similar context.

Boundary Leapers

An initiative to provide targeted support for 900 Y11 GCSE English and Mathematics students who show the potential to ‘leap’ key exam grade boundaries.


A programme to raise the achievement and educational outcomes for post-16 students in maths and English.

To do this, the Post 16 programme will develop city-wide protocols and agreements, engage parents, guardians and carers with the importance of maths and English, and develop partnerships with local businesses to raise students’ understanding and aspirations of local employment opportunities.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Programme

The SEND Peer Challenge will ensure all SEND children achieve their best, including the skills they need for successful transition, further education and employment.

The programme will develop a strong leadership culture in mainstream schools that promotes SEND achievement and inclusion and improve SEND outcomes. The programme will achieve this through:

  • Training whole school SEND challengers to conduct SEND Peer Challenges in all secondary and 50 primary schools.
  • Developing a Derby SENCo Net
  • Developing a SENCo Development Forum

Supplementary SEND project

The Partnership Board committed additional funding to respond to issues emerging from the main SEND programme. The funding will provide leadership training, support for schools that have significant difficulties introducing SEND improvements and training for front-line classroom teachers, teaching assistants and practitioners on priority SEND topics.

Derby Research School

In 2018/19, the Research School offered two national programmes; Leading Learning – Developing an Evidence-Informed CPD Approach and Effective Use and Evaluation of Pupil Premium. Following the success of these programmes, and through consultation with Derby schools, the Research School is offering three programmes this academic year:

• Teaching for Memory: Developing an In-School Lead
• Metacognition: Developing an In-School Lead
• Evidence Champions: Growing Research Engagement from Within.

New to English/Gypsy Roma Students.

Aims to improve outcomes for New to English (NtE) Learners and Gypsy Roma (GR) students through developing understanding and skills in schools and working with parents and the community.

The programme includes a NtE Champions Programme and NtE Teaching Assistants Programme, delivered by Sheffield English as an Additional Language Achievement Team and the Harmony Trust

It will also provide transition support for NtE Year 6 students through targeted secondary school and home visits, a community and professional’s network, and a mentoring programme.

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