WANDSWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL
CONSULTATION – JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2005.
PROPOSED FEDERATION PLAN FOR NIGHTINGALE AND ELSLEY SCHOOLS
THE PURPOSE OF THE FEDERATION
The purpose of the proposed federation of Nightingale and Elsley School is to
collaborate by sharing the expertise, good practice and ideas for innovation within each
school, to benefit the pupils. It allows the schools increased opportunities to improve
and transform the quality of leadership and management, teaching and learning and
ensure the continued achievement of the pupils.
The schools will operate under one Governing Body, with an opportunity to combine the
expertise of the members of each existing Governing Body.
The new federated Governing Body will have 15 members, comprising 5 parent
governors, 3 governors appointed by the LEA, 3 staff governors including the principal,
and 4 community governors.
Leadership and Management
There will be a clear division of responsibilities:
- The Principal will oversee the Strategic planning and resources, allocation
and monitoring, staff development, admissions and personnel matters for
- The Heads of Schools will focus on the day to day running of each school
and will focus on the development of the Curriculum and Behaviour
Curriculum Management and Staff Development
There will be a structured way for the schools to share best practice (Please see Key
activities below). There will be shared inset opportunities and leadership and resources
of curriculum areas. There will be the opportunity to share information about the pupils
and to ensure effective transition from Key Stage Two to Key Stage Three.
A federation will lead to improved senior and middle management with the appointment
of staff who could work on both sites and coherent training across the 5 – 16 age range.
It will provide staff with wider career opportunities across the federation.
The pupils will know and understand the expectations and consistent routines across the
two schools and of a shared ethos and structures. Detailed records and transfer
meetings will be set up to ensure the needs of the Year 6 pupils are addressed
immediately as they start secondary school.
As parents may have a son in both schools, parents can develop a consistent
relationship with the school and will understand how the schools on both sites seek to
support the parents and families.
The involvement of Outside Agencies
It is hoped staff from the same outside agencies will work in both schools to lead to the
sharing of complementary practices, continuity of intervention protocols, economies of
scale and shared support and development.
There are a number of key activities for the federation:
- Providing consistent and high quality staff development opportunities
- Sharing knowledge of the pupils and parents
- Making more effective use of premises and resources
- Ensuring common specialist practices: Behaviour Management
- Deploying Teachers and/or support staff on both sites or either site, as
- Allowing teachers to observe and learn from each others lessons
- Sharing leadership responsibilities
- Making more effective administrative support
- Establishing joint governing body committees across both sites
MILESTONES AND MAKING SPECIFIED TARGETS
The Federation will set targets and continue to develop strategies for improvement
based on the following :-
- Maintaining a key focus on teaching and learning
- Generating Positive relationships on both sites and between the federation
and other partners
- Providing a clear vision and high expectations
- Improving the schools’ environments
- Providing time and opportunities for collaboration
- Distributing leadership and building cohesive teams
- Engaging with all groups in the community
- Continuing to evaluate progress
As both schools are at very different stages of their development, it is important that their
progress is monitored carefully. A shared Federation Action plan will be developed with
each school reviewing its own progress against a separate School development plan.
The federation will require an LEA monitoring group meeting once a term to monitor and
review progress in each school against the school development targets.
In addition there will be a Federation Development Group to focus on issues such as
support services with pupil admissions and longer term strategic developments.
EXTENT TO WHICH DELEGATED BUDGETS COULD BE POOLED AND AUDIT
The separate budgets of each school, whilst continuing to be accounted for separately,
will be planned flexibly across both sites to ensure effective use of resources. Budget
allocation will be agreed with the finance committee of the Governing body, who will also
be responsible for the overall monitoring of expenditure.
MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP STRUCTURES
The Principal will retain overall responsibility for aspects of the planning, organisation,
management and development of both schools. A percentage of time will be spent in
each school depending the current needs of the school. The Principal will be responsible
for the following areas:
- Vision and ethos
- Long-term Strategic planning
- Staff development strategy
- Liaison with LEA
- Liaison with the Governing Body
- Inspection Teams
A Head of School will be responsible for the day to day running of each school. They will
be responsible for:-
- Line Management within the schools
- Curriculum Management
- Subject Co-ordination
- Attendance and Punctuality
- Behaviour Management
- Multi-Agency Input
- Implementation of strategic staff development
- Home-School Partnerships
Each school will have a different line management structure below this level, as the size
and staffing of each school differs.
- The federated schools will share a Principal between the two school sites.
- Efficient administration arrangements will be maximised through shared
- Teachers contractually will, where appropriate, be able to work across the
Monitoring and Evaluation Arrangements
- Specific targets will be established, as from April 2005, drafted in the
- The LEA monitoring group and Governing Body will evaluate the progress of
each school development plan.
- The Principal will report to the Chair of Governors on a monthly basis to
Teaching and Learning
Attendance and Punctuality
(Principal of Elsley and Nightingale)
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