Assistant Director School Effectiveness: Paul Smith
The School Improvement Service
The School Improvement Service consists of link advisers and associate advisers. The School Improvement Service works with school leaders and governors. They work to support pupils to achieve their academic potential.
South: Victoria Ludlow
Mid: Ian Rogers
West: Claire Conley-Harper
North: Rebecca Vaughan-Barrett
SEND and Inclusion Link Advisers
SEND and Inclusion Link Advisers – work across School Effectiveness and the Inclusion Teams. They work with the School Effectiveness Area Education Advisers to promote inclusive practice. The Advisers attend the Area Inclusion Improvement Boards to encourage sharing of good practice. The team works with schools to put in place the OAIP and the Inclusion Framework. They support school leaders to use the documents effectively. The team work to improve outcomes for all pupils in school settings or across localities. They also act as Link Advisers for individual schools including the maintained special schools.
The team support the SEND and Inclusion Strategy including developing SENCo Leadership Forums. They run a weekly telephone consultation service for SENCOs and school leaders . Called ‘SEND and Inclusion Solutions’, the service takes place on a Tuesday morning. Booking information can be found on West Sussex Services for Schools.
The team work closely with colleagues from the other Inclusion teams such as ASCT, LBAT and Sensory Support Team. Their work complements the pupil focussed work. They offer support where issues of inclusion may be best served by a strategic approach to whole school development. The team also work with the EPS, SENAT and the Fair Access Teams to support a local authority graduated approach
(North) Claire Prince
(Mid) Gemma Humphrey
(West) Louise Burgess
(South) Rachel Mcdonald-Taylor
Virtual School for Care Experienced Children
The Virtual School monitors the educational progress and attendance of all children looked after by West Sussex. The school provides advice and support to those children looked after. They also support the adults working with those children. In particular, the team supports Social Workers, Carers and Designated Teachers for Children Looked After. They support them to plan for good educational outcomes.
The Virtual School also offer advice and information on the education of previously looked after children.
Tina Marshall : Virtual School Coordinator
Sarah Clark: Head of Virtual School
For pre-school and primary school children who are now adopted or subject to Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Orders. Support is provided for school staff regarding referred children who are having difficulties settling to learn, using trauma sensitive approaches.
Pam Barnes: Advisory Teacher
Safeguarding in Education
The team are the strategic lead for practice and policy development. The team are responsible for the Education for Safeguarding Curriculum (E4S). They carry out in school safeguarding audits, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) training and DSL network meetings. They offer general safeguarding advice and guidance.
Jez Prior, Safeguarding in Education Manager
Alison Hannant, Safeguarding Advisor
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) aims to provide a single and consistent point of access to advice, guidance and decision-making. They give guidance about the right level of help needed to keep each child safe or achieve change.
Tel: 01403 229900
(Out of Hours – 0330 222 6664)
MASH Education Advisors:
For advice and guidance for education based safeguarding enquiries please call the Safeguarding in Education Line: 03302 22403
The service provides information on how to become a school governor. It also gives useful information if you are already a school governor
Governors Home Page on West Sussex Services for Schools
If you have any questions about the clerk/governor roles, or more complex governance issues such as complaints, please contact your support officer:
For general administration queries including appointments and resignations please
Phone: 0330 22 28887
Other Contacts within the Governance Team
Claire Lansley – General Adviser
Tracey Bennett – Associate Adviser
Derry Richardson – Associate Adviser
Statutory Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)
Area Education Adviser – Victoria Ludlow
Moderation and Assessment Manager – Tanya Davis-Munro
Last updated 15 December 2020