SW Region February 2016 Update

Update for the February meeting of the ADCS Council of Reference

Peer challenge

The Peer Challenge and Performance Summit was held on 27 November 2015. 12 of the region’s 16 LAs participated in the peer challenge programme for 2015. The results of the peer reviews were collated and learning on the topics was presented at the Summit attended by senior officers of all but one of the LAs, two LSCB chairs and the chair of the regional LA Chief Executives group.

The Summit used the Outcomes Based Accountability approach which uses performance data to inform how outcomes can be improved. A key message was that LAs will be more effective if they collaborate on topics which are challenging regionally. A debate and vote on regional improvement priorities for 2016 resulted in a small number of high-level topics warranting joined up regional action. Work is currently being done to turn this into a regional improvement plan.

The Regional Sector-Led Improvement Steering Group

The group was recently tasked by the ADCS branch to improve sponsorship of regional support groups and use SLI funds for a Programme Manager post to support the region’s SLI work, based on a business plan to emerge from the recent Lessons Learnt and Performance Summit (see below). Work is progressing to do this.

Case tracking – learning from Ofsted

As reported previously, in response to interest in the region in learning from the methodology used in inspections to improve internal case auditing and QA processes, the Senior HMI for the SW region and colleague HMIs have been running a pilot programme of training for a wide range of staff across the South West, co-developed through SLI activity. 94 senior staff have now attended and evaluations are consistently mainly ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ and the material continues to evolve. For example, to introduce more positive features to make the exercise of judgment less straightforward.

Further sessions are planned to extend to other sub-regional areas. This remains technically extremely challenging to organise, not least because LAs have a wide variety of electronic record systems which are not compatible and so the development work required is complex and resource intensive, but the positive response coupled with the commitment of the HMIs to deliver it makes the effort worthwhile.

A survey to evaluate the impact of the training on practice in LAs three months after the training has been delivered is being rolled out and will continue to inform the design of the programme which Ofsted is considering as a pilot for a national roll out.

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