Quality Assurance Team at Hope View School
As an independent school, Hope View is not required to have a board of governors; however, the proprietors (the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher) are mindful of their responsibility and accountability for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff. To that end, the Headteacher has commissioned a Quality Assurance Team (QAT) of external and experienced professionals to provide the support and challenge required to achieve the best possible outcomes for the pupils at Hope View School.
The purpose of the Quality Assurance Team
- To monitor and evaluate all aspects of performance at the school with reference to the Independent Schools Standards and the Ofsted Inspection Framework for Independent Schools.
- To provide advice and support to senior leaders on improving pupil outcomes in their academic performance, personal and social development
- To provide challenge, holding the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school and to ensure leaders achieve the best possible outcomes for pupils.
Terms of reference
To ensure an effective working relationship with the Headteacher and Senior Leaders the QA team will:
- Engender trust between the school leaders and QAT by ensuring confidentiality, professionalism and honesty
- Respect and promote the school’s vision, ethos, culture, values and identity
- Work with the Headteacher to determine the scope, focus and frequency of QAT input and activity
- Consider how the quality of resources and staff are fully focused on high-quality learning
- Support the formulation of clear and ambitious action plans with achievable objectives
- Undertake activities such as the monitoring and review of provision in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team
- Identify and share best practice and challenge poor practice
- Recommend / provide CPD to raise the pace of change, where required
- Provide high quality written reports to evidence the team’s support and challenge
- Identify / address their individual CPD needs in response to research and national initiatives, guidance and legislation
- Review policies and practice to ensure school leaders are held robustly to account for the quality of provision at the school
The Quality Assurance Team
Mr Graham Chisnell,
Graham has been a headteacher in three primary schools before forming a Multi Academy Trust in 2015. He is a CEO of Veritas Multi Academy Trust, a National Leader of Education, Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a lead Ofsted Inspector. Graham was awarded the National Award for Evidence Informed Leadership by the Cambridge Primary Review Trust.
Role in the Team
Quality assurance of the curriculum intent; implementation and impact in Key Stage 2; coaching of staff; Integrated Curriculum-led Financial Planning and the development of strong systems for improving teaching and learning.
Mrs Linda Samson
Linda, taught for 23 years in Kent primary and Secondary Schools, including a period as head of a special unit for pupils with social, emotional and mental-health needs. As a Local Authority officer, she held a number of posts including: SEN Officer; District Development Officer and Senior Improvement Adviser for Special Schools and Pupil Referral Units. She was the nationally accredited School Improvement Adviser for special schools, PRUs and primary schools in the Thanet and Dover Districts.
Linda is now an independent consultant providing advice, support and training in schools. She is a governor in two schools – a Behaviour and Learning Special School and a pupil referral unit. Linda is highly experienced in all matters relating to safeguarding.
Role in the Team
School Improvement Advice; safeguarding; challenge, monitoring & review; performance- management; Continuing Professional Development; self-evaluation & improvement planning
Mrs Debbie Stryzk
Debbie is an experienced Clerk and will provide clerical support for the QAT.
In addition to the work of the QA Team, scrutiny and reports from external agencies will provide further information on the quality and performance of the school.
The work of the Quality Assurance Team
The team will undertake a programme of monitoring activities during the school year to inform their support and challenge to the Headteacher and Senior Leaders, and to evaluate the quality of education at the school.
In addition, the team will meet formally with the Headteacher (in Terms 2, 4 and 6) to review the performance of pupils and staff and progress towards the achievement of the objectives in the School Improvement Plan.
In preparation for these meetings, in advance, the Headteacher will provide a formal report that includes information and data on:
- Admissions – any changes since the last report
- Pupil progress data & analysis
- Update on school improvement priorities
- Quality of Teaching – outcomes of monitoring, strengths & areas for improvement
- Impact of CPD activity
- Behaviour & welfare – incidents, issues etc.
- Self-evaluation against Ofsted judgement areas of assessment
The format of these meetings will comprise:
- Discussion and questions on any issues arising from the Headteacher’s Report
- Review of the outcomes of QAT monitoring activity and agree any action to be taken. Agree the focus for further QAT monitoring
- Focus on performance under an Ofsted judgement area e.g., The Effectiveness of Leadership and Management and progress towards the achievement of objectives in the School Improvement Plan
- Presentations by senior and middles leaders on their areas of responsibilities