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School improvement partnership

Information about our school improvement partnership, Lewisham Learning

Lewisham Learning – the school improvement partnership for the borough

Lewisham Learning is a partnership between Lewisham Council and all maintained and non-maintained state schools within the borough. It was set up in 2016 as a way of improving schools and ensuring all children and young people get the best start in life.

Our aims

We want to:

  • improve how teachers and school leaders learn from one another
  • improve the learning environment for pupils
  • strengthen the teaching community and links between schools in the borough
  • enable teachers to develop exciting ideas and put them into practice
  • support career development and growth for teachers
  • ensure young people have pride in their school, and teachers are proud to work in them.

What we’ve done so far

All children attending our schools, from nurseries to secondary schools, are currently benefitting from Lewisham Learning’s work and will continue to do so.

We are helping to improve progress and attainment scores across the borough, and the recent results show this. Since Lewisham Learning started in 2016, there has been a notable increase in progress and attainment scores, and this figure is improving faster than the national average.

For more detailed information about our work in the last year please read the annual report.

Where we want to be

We are working towards the following outcomes for our schools by 2020:

  • All our schools will be judged ‘good’ or better by Ofsted.
  • Performance at Early Years Foundation Stage will be above both the London and national averages.
  • Performance at Key Stage 2 will be above the national average and in line with the London average.
  • Performance at Key Stage 4 and 5 will be in line with the London average.
  • Outcomes for children who need extra educational support or who are looked after by the Council will be in line with or above the London average.
  • All our schools will be schools that parents actively choose for their child.

Ofsted ratings

There are many factors that parents consider when looking at schools. Although it is not the only factor, and there are lots of other things you should think about in terms of finding the right school for your child, we realise that the latest Ofsted report will probably be a consideration.

We recognise that not all of our schools are rated ‘good’ or better by Ofsted, but we are working particularly hard with those schools who are currently rated as ‘requires improvement’ to bring them up to standard. We are also challenging our schools that are rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ to ensure they maintain that status.

We believe that all schools, regardless of their results and reputation, should be constantly trying to find ways to improve, and we support and challenge them to do this.

Secondary schools

In addition to Lewisham Learning, there is a separate secondary school improvement programme set up to address some of the current challenges facing secondary schools in the borough.

Learn more about the secondary school improvement programme.

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