School Improvement Priority


School Improvement



What do we want to achieve? How will we know if we have been successful?
To have an accurate and current evaluation of all schools and colleges, underpinned by robust self-evaluation.
  • School self-evaluations, Learn Sheffield categorisation outcomes and Ofsted Inspection triangulate.
High quality of school leadership impacts on the outcomes of all schools and colleges in the city.
  • Improved Ofsted outcomes for Sheffield schools.
  • Analysis of pupil outcomes shows improved attainment and progress outcomes for all learners, including vulnerable learners.
High quality teaching impacts on the outcomes of all pupils.
  • Schools share data, expertise and engage in peer review (professional dialogue and challenge).
  • School self-evaluation of teaching is a triangulation of observation, books and data. The accuracy of judgements is supported by external verification.
  • Improved pupil outcomes for all learners, including vulnerable learners.
Schools have a shared commitment to the vision for Sheffield school improvement and collective refusal to accept under-performance.
  • Analysis of partnership outcomes shows increasing depth to strategic collaboration.
  • Improved school outcomes demonstrates the impact of targeted and timely support and challenge for schools.

Action Plan

Strategy by July 2017 by December 2017
School Improvement Strategy 2016-2018
  • Sector partnership action plans to be monitored by the Primary Improvement Board and the Secondary and Special partnerships.
  • Sector reviews of the strategy to take place, based on the first categorisation cycle, to inform modifications to the approach.
  • School Improvement Strategy 2016-2018 version two (including any modification to the categorisation process or national policy) to be published (July/September).
  • Sheffield School Performance Evaluation Report published (October).
  • 2017/18 Categorisation cycle to be completed (September/October).
Achievement Strategy (2016-2017 & 2017-2018)
  • Primary moderation programme completed (school/locality/city moderation with specific focus on FS2/Y2/Y6).
  • Pupil Premium Project launched – secondary conference and follow up school recruitment to the programme.
  • Learners without Labels project planning and recruitment.
  • Pupil Premium Project under way in the secondary sector and recruitment extended to the primary sector.
  • 2016-2017 Achievement Strategy programme evaluation (July & October – two stages).
  • 2017-2018 Achievement Strategy published (October).


School Improvement Strategy 2016-2018 Achievement Strategy (2016-2017 & 2017-2018)

School Improvement Strategy 2016-2018

April 2017

Learn Sheffield is commissioned by Sheffield City Council to deliver the statutory duties relating to school improvement. The new approach to school improvement, which is described in the School Improvement Strategy, was developed by working with the primary, secondary and special school sectors throughout the 2015/16 school year. Learn Sheffield published this school-led approach to school improvement in September 2016 and it has been in use from the beginning of the 2016/17 school year.

Achievement Strategy (2016-2017 & 2017-2018)

April 2017

The Achievement Strategy has been developed to provide a range of school improvement activity which is designed to impact specifically on pupil and school outcomes. The content has been developed with support from sector partnerships and several programmes are led by Learn Sheffield Associates from within the Sheffield schools professional community.