Year 4 Projects

School Improvement

Primary School Improvement –

Continuing the suite of School Improvement support at primary: Phonics, Reading (KS2) and Writing (KS2), Maths (KS2), and English as an Additional Language (EAL) in order to maximise impact, build on the success already seen since 2017 and embed learning.

We are currently seeking tenders for this work: here. Closing date: 17th September 2020.

KS4 English and Maths –

Taking forward key successful elements of three current programmes in order to maximise impact and build on success since 2017, as well as providing targeted catch-up support for those most in need. Year 4 activity will focus on peer review in all secondary schools and Post 16 settings, alongside targeted support for Year 11 students (the current Year 10) and Post 16 resits, supporting catch-up for those who need it most to ensure that these cohorts are not disadvantaged as a result of missing school due to COVID-19.

We are currently seeking tenders for this work: here. Closing date 1st October 2020

Leadership and Implementation Support –

Tailored Research School programmes for Derby Senior Leaders; supplemented by intensive support for schools in the city that are facing the most significant challenges and serving the most disadvantaged pupils in the city:

  • Derby’s Research School will continue to deliver leadership programmes, which aim to support leaders in developing an evidence-informed, strategic whole school approach, tailored to the needs of Derby’s schools.
  • Schools with significant and long-standing issues that require a more bespoke/targeted approach will be invited to develop a costed action plan to drive and enhance their existing school improvement plans, with a focus on COVID-19 recovery, school culture and leadership, behaviour and safeguarding.


Streamlining a number of previous OA funded programmes (SEND; Emotionally Healthy Schools; Targeted Student Support; Family Engagement; and Exclusions), taking forward key successful elements in order to build on the successes so far and support the post-COVID recovery for schools, especially for the most vulnerable. Through a single Inclusion strand, we will increase the capacity and capability of mainstream schools to provide effective inclusion interventions and support vulnerable students. This will include:

  • Supporting a city-wide approach to post-COVID 19 recovery for schools.
  • Raising awareness of the issues and early, effective intervention, providing clear guidance and resources to help schools navigate the system and improve referrals.
  • Providing opportunities for their leaders to disseminate what works well and provide school-to-school support.
  • Continued support for the Emotionally Healthy Schools website and
  • Targeted outreach activity and support in the most disadvantaged wards.
  • Direct support and resources for schools to facilitate re-engagement and inclusion, encourage “resocialisation”, remove barriers and create the conditions for learning.
  • Targeted support for at-risk pupils including mentoring.

We are currently seeking tenders for this work: here. Closing date 1st October 2020.


Our Future Derby

A continuation of Our Future Derby; supporting primary students to see the links between the subjects they study and the world of work, and break down career stereotypes. The programme provides primary schools access to expert support in embedding career related learning into the curriculum and to connect with local employers

Students in participating schools will have the opportunity to access up to three employer encounters throughout the year.

Championing Careers Derby

Strengthening collaboration across the D2N2 LEP area in order to support the delivery of Championing Careers Derby and twinning with Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Mansfield and Chesterfield to share lessons learned/experience and explore options for collaboration.