Subcription Offer 2018-2021

The Learn Sheffield Subscription Offer for 2018-21 can be downloaded here.

In order to indicate your intention to subscribe please contact us by email at enquiries@@learnsheffield.co.uk, or by phone on 0114 250 7417, so that we can send you a subscription form to complete. We will then be in touch to arrange your subscriber planning session which can either take place with your individual school or with a group of schools of your choosing.

Introduction Summary of the Offer Cost of the Offer Core Offer – Partnership Core Offer – School Improvement Core Offer – Sheffield System Bespoke Menu Universal Offer Next Steps

Introduction

Learn Sheffield is currently commissioned by Sheffield City Council to deliver the statutory duties relating to school improvement and to deliver a school improvement strategy for the city.

This commission, which is £860k per annum for three years, began in September 2015 and concludes in August 2018. Over the past few months we have been discussing how this arrangement will be followed by a collaborative approach to funding Sheffield’s strategy for educational improvement.

This new approach, which is outlined below, brings together contributions from Sheffield City Council (in the form of a further smaller commission), schools and academies (through a subscription) and Learn Sheffield (who will re-invest surplus income that we will have generated).

Services Triangle

Sheffield Priorities

The Sheffield priorities constitute a shared Sheffield vision for education. They were developed in 2016 and have been revised and updated at regular intervals since then. Key priorities for the 2018/19 academic year will be identified when the Priorities are revisited in the summer term of 2018.

 

School Improvement Strategy

The School Improvement Strategy will be revised and a new 2018-2021 version will be published in the summer term of 2018.

This will set out the approach to the delivery of the new Sheffield City Council commission (see details below) in the context of this subscription offer.

The funding model, which was agreed at Schools’ Forum in January 2018, provides for continuity in terms of both funding levels and approach to a school-led system.

 

The content of the Sheffield City Council School Improvement Commission is set out below. As previously, Learn Sheffield will be scrutinised in relation to performance in the four areas below.

Sheffield City Council
School Improvement Commission

Learn Sheffield is commissioned to:

  • categorise all Sheffield schools and academies.
  • self-evaluate on behalf of the city in relation to performance.
  • deliver the statutory entitlements for maintained schools.
  • provide support and co-ordination to ensure that appropriate education partnerships continue to be developed.
  • provide additional support for vulnerable schools.
  • provide system co-ordination within the city to maximise funding and partnership for Sheffield schools and academies.

SCC Commission
Performance Areas

The performance of Learn Sheffield in relation to this commission will be judged by the following outcomes:

  • Partnership Outcomes
  • School/Academy Outcomes
  • Pupil Outcomes
  • Outcomes for vulnerable learners

Summary of the Offer

Universal
Offer
Available to all schools/academies – including non-subscribing schools (most elements available only to maintained schools). Funded by the SCC Commission.
  • Categorisation
  • Data Analysis – School Dashboard
  • Statutory Entitlements (for maintained schools)
    • Headteacher recruitment
    • Attendance at Inspection
    • Safety Net – diagnostic ‘support and challenge’ meeting
    • Statutory Moderation
  • Point of need leadership signposting support
Partnership
Core Offer
Available to subscribing schools/academies – delivered through the seven primary locality partnerships, the Secondary Partnership & the Special Partnership. Funded predominantly by SCC Commission with action plan budgets funded from subscription income
  • LSIP Partners
  • Data Analysis – Locality / Sector Reports
  • Assessment networks
  • Business Support
  • ction Plan budget (including focus on support for key issues and vulnerable schools)
School Improvement
Core Offer
Available to subscribing schools/academies. Funded predominantly by subscription income with safety net additional support funded from the SCC Commission
  • School Health Check
  • Data Analysis – School Package (suite of reports)
  • Ofsted Preparation & Inspection Support
  • Assessment & Moderation Enhanced package (updates and training)
  • School Leader Briefings
  • Subject Networks
  • School Leader Recruitment support (HT, Principal, etc.)
  • Governance Briefings & Governance Training Package
  • School Improvement Safety Net (additional LSIP support for vulnerable schools)
Sheffield System
Core Offer
Available to subscribing schools/academies. Funded predominantly by subscription income, although the SCC Commission is likely to include system co-ordination
  • Sheffield Identity
  • Sheffield Priorities Development Programme
  • Communication
  • System Co-ordination (including bid writing)
  • Sheffield Cultural Education Partnership subscription
  • Point of need leadership support (including crisis, consultancy, advocacy & brokerage)
  • Annual Subscriber Planning Session
Bespoke Menu Each subscribing school/academy has a ‘credit’ (£850 primary or special / £1650 secondary) which they can use to ‘purchase’ from the menu of school improvement services below. Funded by subscription income.
  • School Leader Performance Management
  • School Improvement Services (including school/academy reviews and additional Ofsted Preparation)
  • Bespoke Data Analysis
  • Bespoke Training
  • Multi-Academy Trust Packages
  • School/Academy Communications Service
  • Discounts (up to £250) on other Learn Sheffield Services

Cost of the Offer

The cost of the subscription offer is outlined below. Each subscribing school or academy will pay £1500 plus £4 per school-aged pupil in the first year. The subscription cost is capped at 750 pupils so that the maximum cost to a school or academy in the first year is £4500.

The subscription lasts for three years but there will be a break clause at the end of each school year to provide an opportunity for a school or academy to be released from the contract.

Cost Arrows

Examples of the costs for 2018/19 are below.

Costs

The payment terms are still to be finalised but we intend to offer schools and academies the option of either a single payment (in September) or three termly payments (in September, January and April). Similarly, we are currently modelling different approaches to the mechanism for identifying the number of pupils in each subscribing school or academy. It may be that we use the most recent census data at the time of subscription for this purpose.

Core Offer – Partnership

Available to subscribing schools/academies – delivered through the seven primary locality partnerships, the Secondary Partnership & the Special Partnership.

This aspect of the offer has previously been funded by the Sheffield City Council Commission, and will largely continue to be so in the future. We propose to continue to operate through the seven primary localities, the secondary partnership and the special partnership. This will include the current approach to providing action plan budgets, which will be funded from the subscription income from schools and academies.

LSIP Partners Data Analysis Assessment networks Business Support Action Plan budget

LSIP Partners

Each partnership will have at least one identified Learn Sheffield Improvement Partner and also access to the wider Learn Sheffield Improvement Partner team. The LSIP capacity available to schools in all sectors will increase next year and we will begin planning for the 2018/19 recruitment and deployment of LSIPs early in the summer term. This process will include input from each sector on the way in which their LSIP team develops.

Locality A has had great value this year from the strategic work and support from our LSIP and the funding of our action plan from Learn Sheffield leading to key priorities in our locality being addressed and outcomes for our learners improving.

Nicola Shipman (CEO – Steel City Schools Partnership)

Primary Sector

Each partnership will have at least one identified Learn Sheffield Improvement Partner, in line with the way that Learn Sheffield has worked with primary localities since it began.

The overall capacity of the primary LSIP team is expected to increase slightly in 2018/19, following on from the increase in the current academic year. This will give localities wider access to a greater range of expertise.

Secondary Sector

The Secondary Partnership has had an identified Learn Sheffield Improvement Partner this year, for the first time since Learn Sheffield began.

The involvement of Learn Sheffield in a CPD Research Project (alongside the Wellcome Trust and SHU) will enable the Secondary LSIP team to be expanded (by approximately fifty percent) in 2018/19. The sector will, once again, be involved in this recruitment.

The addition of LSIPs in the secondary and special sectors was an important step this year which gives us a good platform to grow over the next three years. As always each sector will be fully involved in the agreeing the way that we grow our capacity.

Stephen Betts (Learn Sheffield CEO)

The larger team will provide greater choice for schools and academies when they identify a LSIP to work with on an identified activity.

Special Sector

The Special Partnership has also had an identified Learn Sheffield Improvement Partner this year.

The sector supported the identification of both the Special LSIP and another consultant who was employed to support a group of identified schools with Ofsted preparation.

Involvement in the CPD Research Project will enable our Special LSIP team to grow slightly and the sector will work with Learn Sheffield to determine how to make this additional capacity have the greatest impact on schools in the sector.

Core Offer – School Improvement

Each element of the School Improvement Core Offer is available to all subscribing schools and academies.

The School Improvement Core Offer is funded predominantly by subscription income, with safety net additional support funded from the Sheffield City Council Commission.

School Health Check Data Analysis Ofsted Preparation & Inspection Support Assessment & Moderation School Leader Briefings Subject Networks School Leader Recruitment Support Governance Briefings & Governance Training Package School Improvement Safety Net

School Health Check

The School Health Check comprises two days of support for each subscribing school or academy each academic year. This support would cost £1100 at the current LSIP day rate of £550.

This support can be delivered flexibly to meet the needs of the schools and will, where ever possible, be scoped out at the annual subscriber planning session in the summer term. This should include identifying the partner or partners who will provide the Health Check.

Some examples of how the two days of support could be scheduled are below, although these are only designed to provide ideas. Many schools will consider the allocation of these days alongside other support available within the subscription offer, for example the day of Ofsted support or the potential to use the bespoke allocation to secure additional LSIP days.

2 Day
Health Check

Termly Visit & Annual Report
3 x Half Day Visits
Half day report writing

2 Day Health Check
School Review

Half day preparation
Full day in school
Half day report writing

There are many ways to use this two-day allocation of support from any member of the team, either standing alone or in conjunction with other time available as part of the subscription. The key will be to plan early and ensure that the activities you choose support your school improvement planning.

Bev Nicholson (Learn Sheffield Improvement Partner)

2 Day
Health Check

Two Visits
2 x Full day visit with verbal feedback or
2 x Half day visit plus half day report writing

2 Day
Health Check

School Project
2 Full days (or 4 half days)
working alongside school leaders

Core Offer – Sheffield System

Subscribing schools and academies will also have access to the following services, support and opportunities. This part of the offer is funded predominantly by subscription income, although the SCC Commission does include an expectation that Learn Sheffield will provide system co-ordination.

This part of the offer attempts to capture the role that Learn Sheffield plays in the city:

  • in developing the strategic vision for education
  • in supporting schools and academies flexibly and at the point in time that they need it in connecting up the system to maximise the opportunities available

Much of this section contains elements that are hard to quantify in monetary terms, but in discussions are often the aspects of the role played by Learn Sheffield that school leaders value the most.

Sheffield Identity Sheffield Priorities Development Plan Communication System Co-ordination S-CEP annual subscription Point of need leadership support Annual Subscriber Planning Session

Sheffield Identity

One of the key drivers behind the creation of Learn Sheffield was the mutual desire of all those involved in education within the city to retain a Sheffield identify and a shared purpose.

The decision of every publically-funded Sheffield nursery, school, academy and college to become a member of Learn Sheffield underlined a collective commitment to the principle of improvement through partnerships.

This three-year subscription offer will enable our collective approach to further develop.

The collective identity that Learn Sheffield provides will be crucial in the coming years. It is essential that leaders are not isolated in the face of the most significant challenges we have confronted.

Joanne Bradshaw (SSET Multi-Academy Trust CEO)

Learn Sheffield enables the education community of the city to have a productive and beneficial relationship with all sectors, key people, groups and institutions.It works for all Sheffield’s children.

Jayne Ludlam (Executive Director – People Services, Sheffield City Council)

The power of partnerships like Learn Sheffield has yet to be fully realised or, indeed, evidenced. Yet they have sufficient early promise to merit practical support and encouragement. They represent the best chance of creating the stronger, more effective and equitable system that we all want to see.

Christine Gilbert (Author of ‘Optimism of the will: the development of local area-based education partnerships. A think-piece’ and visiting professor at UCL Institute of Education, December 2017

Bespoke Menu

Each subscribing school/academy has a ‘credit’ which they can use to ‘purchase’ from the menu of school improvement services below.

Primary and Special schools will receive a credit of £850 to spend on the options from the bespoke menu on the following pages. The credit for Secondary schools will be £1650.

The ‘credit’ can be used by the individual school or can be pooled by a MAT or a group of schools in order to make a collective ‘purchase’. Schools and academies will indicate this when they subscribe and then finalise their decision in the subscriber planning session.

School Leader Performance Management School Improvement Services Bespoke Data Analysis Bespoke Training Multi-Academy Trust Packages School/Academy Communications Service Discounted Learn Sheffield Services

School Leader Performance Management

Learn Sheffield offers a range of performance management packages for Headteachers, Principals & Executive Leaders. Each package can be scoped according to the needs of the school or academy.

A range of reviewers are available including both Learn Sheffield Improvement Partners and Associates. All deployments will be agreed in the summer term as part of the subscriber planning session so that dates can booked well in advance.

School Leader Performance Management

Our performance management packages are becoming increasingly bespoke, as we work with more executive leaders and those who are leading multi-academy trusts. The knowledge our team has of Sheffield schools leaves us well placed to carry out this work or find the right associate partner for a school to work with.

Peter Heaton (Learn Sheffield Improvement Partner)

Universal Offer

Available to all schools – including non-subscribing schools (most elements available only to maintained schools)
Categorisation Statutory Duties Point of need leadership signposting support

Categorisation

Learn Sheffield will continue to be commissioned by Sheffield City Council to categorise all schools and academies in the city. We intend to offer the same approach to all schools and academies, regardless of whether they have subscribed to the Learn Sheffield offer.

The School Improvement Strategy will be reviewed in the summer of 2018, ready to be re-launched in September 2018 for a further three years. It is likely that the approach to categorisation will be similar to the current process.

Providing sustainable support for schools, irrespective of their category is one of Learn Sheffield’s most important functions. Our collective responsibility is to every Sheffield child. Together, we must cultivate this duty.

Jo Eagleton (Executive HT – Coit Primary & Ecclesfield Primary)

Schools and academies will be provided with agreed criteria for their sector and a headline data dashboard for each school or academy. The process, which will have been agreed for each partnership group (e.g. primary locality or sector partnership group), will begin with the school or academy completing a self-assessment of their category, in the same way they have done previously.

Each partnership will then complete the process of categorisation following the process that they have agreed.

This usually involves an element of peer scrutiny and professional dialogue alongside an input from a Learn Sheffield Improvement Partner who will seek to ensure that the process is consistent.

The final category will be communicated to each school by Learn Sheffield.

Each school or academy that is categorised amber or red in the current process, will have been offered the opportunity to attend a support and challenge meeting. These meetings are designed to be diagnostic in nature, seeking to establish a shared understanding of the improvement priorities and next steps.

If a school subscribes to the Learn Sheffield offer it may, if categorised as yellow, amber or red, be entitled to some additional ‘safety net’ support. This is outlined on page 28.

Next Steps

Available to all schools – including non-subscribing schools (most elements available only to maintained schools)
Discuss the Offer Subscribe Value for Money Frequently Asked Questions

Discuss the Offer

If you would like to discuss the offer further or would find it helpful for someone to come to your school or academy to support your discussions, then please contact us.

Some people have found it useful to go through the offer with us to identify the value of the specific activities that their school or academy requires. This process also identifies areas of off-set to the cost from the existing spending of the school or academy.

You can either contact: