Dame Dorothy –

Springwell Village –

St John Boste –

The Triad

There have been many changes in the education system over recent years and one of the most noticeable has been the reduction of influence of the local authority in their capacity to support school improvement.

As a forward thinking and proactive school the staff and governors of Dame Dorothy Primary have entered into a collaborative partnership with two other schools from the city to provide support and challenge to one another. This partnership has proved hugely successful in raising standards of all 3 schools and continues to grow far beyond its original remit.

The ‘Triad’ was formally established in September 2013 and launched with a joint INSET day that sought to promote the wide ranging opportunities it offered to all its stakeholders. From this launch the Triad has gathered momentum to become an integral part of our school improvement programme.

Its effect has been felt most at leadership level to provide challenge about the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom and in exercise books; the outcomes for pupils through internal data and RAISE; the relevance of the school improvement plan and the accuracy of our self-evaluation through the SEF. The programme of challenge is being refined all the time but it is now established as a key element of our school improvement. Governors too have been part of this process, sharing joint inset on the latest Ofsted changes.

The impact has not ended there either. Teachers have taken the opportunities on numerous occasions to work alongside one another in different settings to take in new ideas and strategies. Subject leaders now work together to support middle leadership across all subjects. Office, admin and premises staff closely support each other with new ideas, policy changes and appointing new staff.

Children have shared exciting learning opportunities such as athletics meetings, school council exchanges and challenge days for ICT, maths and English.

The Triad is hopefully here to stay and it represents an exciting opportunity and a new way forward to improve the life chances for the young people of our schools.