Education services we offer to schools in Reading

The School Standards team is a highly experienced group of specialist education professionals dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people.

We provide an extensive range of bespoke services and training to all maintained, academies, free and independent schools.

If you would like to talk to someone about the services and training, we provide please contact the School Standards Service on 0118 937 4988.

We are also involved in a number of key projects with schools to improve standards for schools and outcomes for pupils in Reading.

Most of our services are offered as traded services but some are offered as part of our commitment to improving standards and accessibility to support for pupils and their parents. Please click on the boxes further down this page to find out more about each.

If a particular service is traded, we offer an outline here and more detail on the Reading Education Services website, where you can purchase individual services or more than one.

We are a highly experienced group of specialist education professionals dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people. We provide high quality support, advice and training to assist schools in raising attainment, accelerating progress and narrowing achievement gaps.

We support schools on their journey to achieve a positive Ofsted judgement and support good and outstanding schools to continue to develop excellent practice. In addition, we offer bespoke services designed to address particular objectives and a comprehensive programme of professional development.

Click the link for further information on our service – Tailored school improvement and curriculum support

Our experienced group of specialist education professionals provide high quality support, advice and training to assist schools in raising attainment, accelerating progress and improving the provision for vulnerable pupils.

We support schools on their journey to achieving a positive Ofsted judgement and challenge good and outstanding schools to continue to develop excellent practice. We also offer bespoke services designed to address particular objectives.

Key Service features:

  • In-depth knowledge of local schools supporting them in reaching and sustaining excellence
  • Core and bespoke services to support school improvement
  • Highly-skilled and professional staff with a vast range of experience
  • Up to date knowledge of the Ofsted Inspection Framework (September 2019)

Curriculum excellence is at the centre of school improvement and a great curriculum will ensure children achieve the best outcomes possible and enjoy their time in school.

Curriculum development underpins our standards, progress and assurance offer and we provide a full training and consultancy package with a focus on language development, reading development, curriculum design and sequencing, scaffolding and effective instruction based on Rosenshine’s principles. In 2022 we are hosting a conference with national leader Tom Sherrington to consider curriculum recovery post COVID-19.

Curriculum quality is particularly important for vulnerable children and those with SEND as these children have differences that impact their attentional skills and processing functions in working memory.

We provide support, reviews and training for leaders to consider:

  • How is the curriculum implemented for pupils with SEND?
  • What are they learning?
  • Whether leaders are ambitious for all pupils with SEND?
  • How well do leaders develop and adapt the curriculum so that it is coherently sequenced to all pupils’ needs, starting points and aspirations for the future?
  • Do all children become fluent in reading and communication as the key lever to future academic success and social mobility?
  • How pedagogy is developed to ensure an alteration in long term memory takes place?
  • How learning is scaffolded to reduce cognitive load for novice learners and those with processing differences?

Each school’s Governing Body has a statutory duty to monitor and manage the performance of the Headteacher on an annual basis. Under the 2012 School Teachers’ Appraisal Regulations, the Governing Body of a maintained school must appoint an external adviser for the purpose of providing it with advice and support in relation to the appraisal of the Headteacher.

School Standard Officers are equipped to provide advice to the Governing Body about the performance management of the Headteacher. Our School Standards Officers are well practiced and knowledgeable in helping to improve the process, as well as clarifying the links between internal and external accountability, Headteacher development and governance.

Further information on purchasing this service can be found via the following link: Headteacher’s Performance Management

We value early career teachers (ECTs) for their enthusiasm, talent, passion and energy and we will encourage and support new teachers, as they first enter the profession.

Early Career Teacher Induction

In our role as the ‘Appropriate Body’ we will work in partnership with schools to discharge our statutory duties for ECT Induction. e will quality assure the induction arrangements in place for all ECTs and support schools with all aspects of induction through one-to-one and group advice, support and training.

During the ECT Induction Year you will follow a personalised induction programme which is specific to your development needs. We will encourage and support you through the provision of:

  • A dedicated named contact for support and advice
  • High quality school-based support
  • Opportunities to network with other ECTs
  • Access to the full in-service Primary training programme, based on latest research and linked to the Early Career Framework

Early Career Teacher Enrichment Training Programmes

Following the completion of ECT Induction these two programmes are suitable for all early career teachers working in any phase. As part of a series of bespoke sessions you will actively work alongside experienced practitioners to engage in educational research and professional discussion all linked to the Early Career Framework to build on the skills, tools and knowledge required for the next steps in your career.

Click on the link for further information on our traded service: Early Career Teacher Service.

School governors are one of the biggest volunteer forces in the country, working in their spare time to promote school improvement and to support headteachers and teachers in their work.

Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) reflects that the quality of governors’ work is very important. Inspection evidence tells us that there is a link between effective governance, the quality of leadership and management, and the quality of provision and pupil success.

There are a number of different categories of governor: Parent, Staff, Local Authority, Co-Opted and Foundation. Regardless of category, all governors have three core functions with regards to the school, which are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Once appointed, Brighter Futures for Children offer governors an annual training programme which:

  • Provides up to date, focused programmes of training and development for governors/trustees and governing boards to help raise standards in our schools
  • Equips governors/trustees with skills and knowledge to be effective in their role
  • Offers support, advice, guidance and information in various ways to meet governors/trustees’ needs
  • Provides a set of products to support the continuous relevant progress of governors/trustees

Further information and annual programme of training, briefing sessions and networks provided by Governor Services.

You can register to become a Governor at the Inspiring Governance website.

If you are thinking about applying to become a School Governor, these Department for Education documents may be useful:

Clerking competency framework

A competency framework for governance

Governance Handbook

Model governor role details

NGA Model code of conduct

Twenty questions

What governing boards should expect from school leaders

Eight elements of effective governance

We also trade

  • Headteacher performance management
  • Governor Services packages
  • Early Career Teacher packages
  • Bespoke School Improvement consultancy
  • Bespoke teaching and learning training for school staff at all levels
  • Bespoke leadership training for school staff
  • Bespoke Governor Training
  • Bespoke English Consultancy
  • External pupil premium reviews
  • External governing body reviews
  • School Standards and Improvement Support packages for academies, Trusts and could offer all the above to other local authority maintained schools

We provide without charge

  • Updates to Reading Primary Heads Association
  • Weekly newsletter
  • Standards, progress and assurance meetings to locally maintained schools

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Conferences and training opportunities

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