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Sep 28 2011

Harrow schools lead the way in new model of improvement

Building on its impressive track record in education, Harrow this week launched the country’s first schools’ driven improvement partnership.

  • Innovative solution to funding cuts
  • One of the first in the UK
  • Endorsed by leading professor
  • Led by schools for schools

Building on its impressive track record in education, Harrow this week launched the country’s first schools’ driven improvement partnership.

The partnership; Harrow School Improvement Partnership (HSIP) is supported by Harrow Council but led by the boroughs schools. The partnership aims to carry on the good work carried out previously by council improvement and inclusion service before cuts to its funding.

The new improvement partnership will ensure that schools in the borough continue to have high quality, locally available education support and training. It is an innovative solution that safeguards education support at a time when other borough’s are losing theirs. The schools led initiative is one of the first of its kind in the UK and has already received the backing of well known education Professor and Patron of the Partnership, John West-Burnham.

Portfolio Holder for Schools, Cllr Brian Gate said:

“Harrow has more schools rated as Outstanding than any other borough, an impressive statistic that creates great pride in our schools. We want to retain this standard while also supporting schools that have yet to achieve an “Outstanding” judgement, in order to improve and develop further.

This new partnership model will ensure our schools are properly and expertly supported and developed for future generations to come.”

The Partnership has set ambitious targets for the future of education in the borough with the aim of 100% of schools rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by September 2013. Harrow currently has more Outstanding rated schools than any other borough, 42% compared to just above 15% of schools nationally.

At a launch event in Belmont school last week, Head of Harrow School Improvement Partnership, Farzana Aldridge said:

“Fundamentally the Partnership is about raising standards and improved outcomes for children and young people in Harrow through schools achieving excellence in all that they do. As Head of HSIP I am determined that schools will receive high quality support and challenge to enable them to improve on their previous best.”

Caption: Photographed at the launch Catherine Doran, Corporate Director for Children’s Services, Leader of Harrow Council, Cllr Bill Stephenson, Head of HSIP, Farzana Aldridge and Portfolio Holder for Schools, Cllr Brian Gate.

Source: Harrow Council

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