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School Effectiveness

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.

Key Contacts:

General enquiries:

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

Key contacts:

(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.

Key contacts

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.

Key contact:

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.

Key contacts:

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.

Contact details:

Tel: 01403 229900
(Out of Hours – 0330 222 6664)
MASH Education Advisors:
Kay Jones
Elle Ford
For advice and guidance for education based safeguarding enquiries please call the Safeguarding in Education Line: 03302 22403

Governance Services

The service provides information on how to become a school governor. It also gives useful information if you are already a school governor

Contact details:

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:

Jackie Gatenby – Support Officer
Ruth Marsella – 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

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