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by Michael Ford last modified 19 Jun, 2018 03:03 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.


As many of you will know the SDBE runs a highly successful school improvement partner service, known as CASP (Challenge and Support Partner).

“Thank you for giving me very specific and timely advice about what the school needs to do to improve. It is an invaluable partnership and gives me the opportunity to view the school and our work in a more objective way”

This complements our existing strong working relationship with schools, further enhancing and building on the work already in place, leading to effective and distinctive church school practice.

The DBE recognises that this support and challenge package needs to be as cost effective as possible for schools and has worked to keep costs as low as possible.

Cost for basic programme is 23 credits.


 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 2018-2019 programme is 15 credits (for 3 visits) or 6 Credits for a single bespoke visit.


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