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by Michael Ford last modified 13 Oct, 2017 05:07 PM
"We cannot recommend our diocesan Challenge and Support Partner highly enough. Our Challenge and Support Partner gives the advice straight but with heart." (Chair of Governors and Head Teacher)

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Explanation of this aspect of our work

An offer which schools are finding very beneficial in raising standards is that SDBE advisers also serve as Challenge and Support Partners, providing school improvement partner services through a package of visits. As Challenge and Support Partners we work with schools in:

  • Reviewing and analysing data
  • Undertaking a challenge and support role for bespoke aspects of school improvement
  • Advising governors about the headteacher’s performance management 
  • Quality assuring school self-evaluation

What schools particularly value is that the CASP team is able to combine its school improvement focus with its church school distinctiveness knowledge when delivering this work.



Autumn Term Visit 1: this includes School/Academy performance data and school development plan/SEF review and subsequent report.

Autumn Term Visit 2: this includes Head Teacher performance management – support and guidance for governors, enabling quality assurance of the process.

Spring Term Visit: this includes a mid – year review of progress against key school priorities including a report.

Cost for basic programme is:    12 credits




Bespoke visits may include: 

  • Church school review
  • School review in preparation for Ofsted
  • Leadership review • Governance review
  • Teaching and learning – including planning and work scrutiny
  • Other visit requested by a school linked to SDP priority.

Cost for bespoke programme is:   15 credits (for 3 visits) or 6 Credits for a single bespoke visit


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