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					Maidstone Cluster 1


   September 2005 –
    September 2007

                                                       Page No.

1.   Foreword by Chair of Cluster Board           2

2.   Our Vision                                   2

3.   Cluster Context and Assessment of Need       3

4.   Key Priorities and Actions for 2005 - 2007   4 - 14

5.   Cluster Targets                              15

6.   Resources                                    16

7.   Monitoring and Evaluation                    16

Appendices                                        17

A1   Key Contacts                                 18 - 19

A2   Glossary                                     20

A3   Feedback Form                                21

      Foreword by Chair of Cluster Board

I am pleased to introduce the second Action Plan for Maidstone Cluster One. Since
September 2003 this cluster has developed as an active partnership of 30 schools
committed to our vision stated below. Every school is engaged in at least 2 elements
of cluster activity. Through this second plan we aim to build on this bold start and
together make a positive change in the lives of children and young people living in
Maidstone. The 5 outcomes of Every Child Matters are at the heart of this action plan.
Our aim is to make them a reality for all children attending Maidstone schools.

The plan provides clear aims and direction. In it you will find:-

    Five priorities for cluster activity
    Supporting action plans
    Key information for cluster working

Collaboration is at the heart of all cluster activity and your active engagement is

Please let us have your views as cluster working further develops and use the
feedback form to record any comments on this plan.

Martin Carroll
The Astor of Hever Community School

      Our Vision

    Through this collaborative plan Maidstone Cluster 1 aims to:-

     Foster whole school improvement and raise standards of
      achievement for learners
     Share excellent practice and learn from each other
     Build active partnerships for the benefit of all children, young
      people and families in the Maidstone area.

3.     Cluster Context and Assessment of Need

Maidstone Cluster 1 is a partnership of 23 primary, 5 secondary (2 selective, 3
non-selective), 1 special school, 3 units and 35 early years settings. It is made
up of schools and settings that are predominately based in the north and west
of the town and surrounding villages.

It is an area that is ranked relatively low on deprivation statistics compared
with other parts of Kent. A typical measure of deprivation is eligibility for Free
School Meals. This shows that the number of pupils who are eligible for Free
School Meals is half the county average. The Cluster has the lowest number
of primary pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs in the county
(0.8%). This rises at secondary level but is still below the county average

Numbers of Looked After Children in the Cluster are relatively low. The
Cluster needs to improve monitoring managements for LAC to ensure services
are responsive and relevant to their needs.

50% of Cluster schools have made a commitment to be healthy schools as
part of the National Healthy Schools programme. The cluster healthy schools
steering group are working towards 100% accreditation of all schools as
healthy schools.

Numbers of pupils who have English as an additional language is just below
the county average, standing at 2.6% (Primary) and 1.8% (Secondary).
There are however a small number of primary schools with significant
numbers of pupils where English is not their first language. Key community
groups in Maidstone include Nepalese and Chinese.

Primary pupils in the cluster have the best attendance figures in Kent. Pupils
miss only 4.6% of school days compared with the county average of 5.4%.
Absence figures rise at secondary level to 7.5%, but this still remains below
the county average (7.9%).

Pupils get a good start in education, with SAT’s results at Key Stage 1 being
the fourth best in the county. Progress into Key Stage 2 is steady with value
added scores at the county average. Progress between Key Stage 2 and 3 is
good but whilst total GCSE scores are above the Kent average, value added
scores indicate underachievement of some pupils at Key Stage 4 (ranked 16
out of 23 for progress Key Stage 3 to 4).

Ofsted inspections for the period September 2003 – December 2004 show
that out of ten inspections, six were judged to be good or better with only
one being less than satisfactory.

Whilst pupils within the Cluster are amongst the highest attaining in Kent,
when judged against deprivation criteria there is scope for pupils to achieve
even more. A significant proportion of pupils make only average progress,
particularly from Key Stage 3 – 4 and could obtain better GCSE results.
           Key Priorities and Actions for 2005 - 2007
                              Key Priorities                                Links to Every Child Matters
 1. Develop school leadership and management to       Enjoy and achieve
    ensure continuous school improvement and improved ECM3
    outcomes for pupils.                              Positive contribution
       Lead Board Member: Rowena Linn

 2. Increase school attendance, reduce permanent and                       Be Safe ECM2
    fixed exclusions and develop positive approaches to                    Economic Well-Being
    managing behaviour.                                                    ECM5

          Lead Board Member: Jane Prideaux

 3. Through the healthy and community schools                              Be Healthy ECM1
    programmes support schools to be great places to                       Positive Contribution
    work and learn.                                                        ECM4

       Lead Board Members: Caroline Robinson &
                               Glynis Coates
 4. Improve services for vulnerable groups of learners                     Be Healthy ECM1
    focussing on preventative measures which promote                       Positive Contribution
    sustainable change and ensure all learners have the                    ECM4
    best possible start to primary and secondary                           Be safe ECM2
    education.                                                             Enjoy & Achieve ECM3

          Lead Board Member: Trevor Phipps

 5. Develop school improvement networks, partnerships                      Enjoy and Achieve
    and projects maximising the benefits of ICT to                         ECM3
    transform teaching and learning and raise attainment                   Economic Well-Being
    across the curriculum.                                                 ECM5

          Lead Board Member: Norman Moore
Martin Carroll, Cluster Chairman, and Sheila Dennis, Vice Chair, maintain an overview of all
cluster activity with a particular focus on secondary and primary development respectively. Lead
board members ensure that individual activities remain on target, contribute to overall cluster
development and the achievement of the 5 outcomes from Every Child Matters.

ECM   1    Being Healthy
ECM   2    Stay Safe
ECM   3    Enjoy and Achieve
ECM   4    Positive Contribution
ECM   5    Achieve Economic Well being

1. Develop school leadership and management to ensure continuous school improvement and improved outcomes for
pupils.          Lead Board Member: Rowena Linn
Success Criteria:                                                     Evaluation:
 Active engagement by HTs & Middle Managers in Cluster activities    Lead Board members and LEO
   projects                                                           KLIC Regional Centre Manager
 Cluster Conference well attended and objectives met                 Cluster Conference Planning Group
 Headteacher networks and peer support operating effectively         Deputy Headteacher Forums
 Increased participation in leadership programmes and related
   training opportunities

See also Attainment and School Improvement Targets

                                                ECM    Lead Person/
                Key Actions                                                                  Outcomes                                Budget             Timeline
                                                 ref      Group
1.1   Further establish Headteacher                    Rowena Linn       Network opportunities for headteachers to share        Cluster           Term 1 2005 and
      networks, including coaching and                 Joy Ackroyd        approaches and engage in joint problem solving         Development       onwards
      mentoring opportunities for joint          2                        around common issues eg. PPA, TLR, SEF                 Fund
      problem solving, mutual support and                                 Confidential opportunities for regular peer support
      creative thinking.
1.2   Organise a cluster staff conference for          Cluster        Aims of the conference are:-                               Cluster           Conference date
      all teachers across the cluster                  Conference      To inspire and enthuse teachers                          Development       20th Feb. 2006
      focussing on teaching and learning.        2     Planning        To stimulate further learning within the cluster         Fund
                                                       group           To engender a sense of belonging within the cluster
                                                                       To grow awareness of The Children’s Act
1.3   Work with the KLIC regional centre to            Joy Ackroyd     Improved training opportunities leading to increased     KLIC Regional     Training
      offer a programme of leadership                                    personal development and effectiveness for middle       Centre            programme in place
      development for middle managers.           2                       managers                                                Funding/Cluster   January 2006
1.4   Introduce cluster support                        Joy Ackroyd       All headteachers to feel part of a supportive          Cluster           From April 2006
      arrangements for newly appointed                                    partnership and to have a local experienced            Development
      headteachers and develop a cluster        1-3                       headteacher with whom to discuss issues                Fund.             Handbook by
      handbook to establish sources of                                   Clarity above sources of advice and support                              June 2006
      advice and support.

1.5   Build on the Primary Deputy                    Jonathan       Improved collaboration between secondary            Cluster               First meeting
      Headteachers’ Group and establish a            Smalley         schools                                             Development           May 2006
      collaborative group for secondary         2    Martin          Best practice shared and opportunities for joint   Fund
      Deputies and Assistant Headteachers.           Carroll         work and problem solving

1.6   Implement a programme of learning              Rowena         Best practice shared across schools                 Arts and creativity   Learning walks
      walks across the cluster to support            Linn           Improved collaboration and links between school     funding               talking place from
      the achievement of cluster priorities.   1-5   Primary         staff                                               Cluster               January 2006
                                                     Deputy         Increased personal effectiveness for participants   Development
                                                     HTs Group                                                           Fund

2. Increase school attendance, reduce permanent and fixed exclusions and develop positive approaches to managing
behaviour.       Lead Board Member: Jane Prideaux
Success Criteria:                                                    Evaluation:
 Lead behaviour professional and LSA in each secondary school       Lead Board Members & LEO
 100% participation by schools in Managed Moves scheme              Managed Moves Steering Group
 School based positive parenting courses                            Children's Consortia
                                                                     Safe Schools
See also Attendance and Exclusion Targets

                                               ECM        Lead
                Key Actions                                                               Outcomes                              Budget              Timeline
                                                ref   Person/Group
2.1   Develop a lead behaviour professional           Jonathan          Best practice in promoting positive behaviour     Cluster             From January
      in each secondary school.                       Smalley            shared across all cluster schools                 Development         2006
                                               2-4    Chris             Increased school based capacity to support        Fund
                                                      Atkin-Reeves       challenging pupils
                                                                        Reduced number of fixed term exclusions
2.2   Train lead LSAs from each secondary             Rob Brown         Effective support for managed moves               Joint cluster       From September
      school to support the managed moves             Joy Ackroyd       Increase in the number of successful managed      funding for         2005
      scheme and to build school capacity in   2-5                       moves                                             managed moves
      supporting vulnerable pupils.

2.3   Identify a team of adult mentors to             Joy Ackroyd       Improved individual support for challenging       Multi Agency        September 2006
      work with disaffected pupils including          Children’s         pupils                                            Transitional Fund
      those supported through the managed      2-5    Consortia         Reduced number of fixed and permanent
      moves scheme.                                                      exclusions

2.4   Build on the managed moves pilot                Managed           Effective partnership arrangements between        Joint cluster       Primary scheme in
      scheme and extend managed moves to              Moves              schools to support challenging pupils             funding for         place by May 2006
      include all hard to place pupils both    2-5    Steering          Reduction in the number of pupils out of school   managed moves
      primary and secondary.                          Group

2.5   Work with the School Nurse Service              Joy Ackroyd       Regular programme of positive parenting           Parental            First course from
      and Social Services to provide school    1-2    Pamela Dixon       courses offered in cluster schools                Engagement          April 2006
      based positive parenting courses.                                 Improved provision for pupils and families        Community Fund

2.6    Meet with each secondary school to           Joy Ackroyd        Improved attendance at cluster secondary       Cluster             From February 2006
       review arrangements for maximising           Cluster EWO         schools                                        Development
       school attendance, share and           2-5                      Improved provision and outcomes for pupils     Fund
       develop best practice.

2.7    Identify and monitor the behaviours          Joy Ackroyd        Reduction in the number of fixed and           Cluster             September 2006
       leading to permanent and fixed term          Dave Scott          permanent exclusions                           Development
       exclusion, share data, and introduce   3-5                      Reduction in DIF referrals                     Fund
       strategies to minimise all forms of                             Improved outcomes for pupils

2.8    Develop a school counselling service         George Parkin      Improved provision for individual pupils       Multi Agency        Research project
       for secondary pupils in Maidstone.     1-3   Joy Ackroyd        Reduction in fixed and permanent exclusions    Transitional Fund   January - June
                                                                       Increased understanding of pupils’ needs                           2006
                                                                                                                                           New service from
                                                                                                                                           September 2006
2.9    Work with Safe Schools to develop            Joy Ackroyd        Reduction in bullying and related complaints   Cluster             From April 2006
       anti bullying and peer mentoring        2    Safe Schools       Improved attendance and reduced fixed term     Development
       programmes in Cluster Schools                                    exclusions                                     Fund

2.10   Work with Cluster schools to develop         Lyn Devlin         Improved school attendance                     Community           January 2006 and
       breakfast and after school childcare   1-2                      Improved provision for pupils and families     Development         ongoing
       provision.                                                      Improved educational outcomes for children     Funding
                                                                        who benefit from provision

3. Through the healthy and community schools programmes support schools to be great places to work and learn
Lead Board Members: Caroline Robinson and Glynis Coates
Success Criteria:                                                       Evaluation:
 50% of schools engaged in the healthy schools process by              Lead Board Members and LEO
   December 2006                                                        Healthy Schools Steering Group
 100% of schools with school travel plans by July 2007                 Emotional Intelligence Interest Group
 Increased community engagement at all schools
                                               ECM        Lead
                Key Actions                                                                   Outcomes                               Budget           Timeline
                                                ref   Person/Group
3.1   Establish a healthy schools steering            Lyn Devlin           Cluster support and expertise for schools working     Cluster        Steering Group first
      group to lead Cluster development               Healthy Schools       towards Healthy Schools status                        Development    meeting October
      and develop a workshop programme          1     Steering Group       Healthy Learning ‘environments’ for pupils and        Fund           2005
      for schools working towards Healthy                                   staff                                                                Jan – Dec. 2006
      Schools Status
3.2   Ensure all schools have well                    Joy Ackroyd          Clear understanding of how to manage critical         Cluster        Training for schools
      developed policies and procedures for           Cluster’s EPs         incidents                                             Development    October 2006
      managing critical incidents.              2                          Well developed school policies and place at all       Fund           Support for critical
                                                                            schools                                                              incidents ongoing
                                                                           Effective management of incidents
3.3   Support all schools to develop an               Lyn Devlin           Issues of travel to school explored at all cluster    DfES Funding   Presentation to
      effective school travel plan.                   Carol Sullivan        schools                                                              headteachers
                                               1-2                         Strategies in place to address school travel issues                  June 2006
                                                                           Safer travel to school for pupils and families                       Ongoing
                                                                                                                                                 submission of travel
3.4   Support 2 primary schools to                    Sheila Dennis        Cluster expertise in delivery of SEAL programmes      DfES Funding   2 pilot schools from
      introduce the social and emotional              Rowena Linn          Improved emotional intelligence for pupils and                       September 2005
      aspects of learning programme and        1-4    Emotional             staff
      extend best practice to other schools.          Intelligence
                                                      Interest Group
3.5   Support 2 Kent Community School                 Lyn Devlin           Increased community engagement through                Community      Extended Schools
      pilots to develop their extended                Community             consultation and enhanced community provision         School         portfolio submitted
      school activity and compile portfolios   1-5    School               Improved opportunities for pupils and their           Funding        July 2006
      of evidence for the Extended School             Manager               families
      Code of Practice.

3.6   To undertake a comprehensive audit            Lyn Devlin      Range of community provision shared with all      None            Audit undertaken
      of community/extended school            1-4                    Cluster schools                                                   January-March
      activities and facilities.                                    Best practice and gaps in provision identified                    2006
                                                                    Baseline information to improve future planning
3.7   Provide free places for children that         Lyn Devlin      Increased school attendance                       Cluster Child   January 2006
      would benefit most from attending       1-2                   Improved outcomes for pupils                      Care Funding    onwards
      breakfast and after school clubs.

4. Improve services for vulnerable groups of learners focussing on preventative measures which promote sustainable
change and ensure all learners have the best possible start to primary and secondary education. Lead Board Member:
Trevor Phipps
Success Criteria:                                                     Evaluation:
 Reduced fixed term and permanent exclusions                         Lead Board Members and LEO
 All schools to have completed ASD Foundation Stage by July 2007     Slide Away Steering Group
 Trained School bereavement contact at every Maidstone school        Behaviour and Learning Steering Group
 Reduced waiting list for CAHMS tier 3                               Safe Schools
Every school to have completed ASD Foundation stage training          Children's Consortia
See also attainment targets for LAC and SEN pupils

               Key Actions                                Lead                             Outcomes                             Budget           Timeline
4.1   In partnership with health and social           Joy Ackroyd        Access to Tier 2 CAHMS Services for pupils with   Multi Agency    Planning is
      services develop Tier 2 CAHMS                   Cluster’s EPs       mental health issues                              Transitional    ongoing. Launch of
      provision for pupils across Maidstone.    1                        Reduced referrals for Tier 3 CAHMS provision      Fund            Tier 2 Services still
                                                                         Improved support for pupils and families          CAHMS Funding   to be agreed.

4.2   Strengthen links with the Maidstone             George Parkin      Enhanced multi agency service provision for       Children’s      September 2005
      Children’s Consortia to commission              Joy Ackroyd         learners and families                             Consortia       and ongoing
      services for learners across Maidstone   1-4                       Increased support for vulnerable pupils           Funding
      Cluster 1.

4.3   Secure funding to extend and develop            George Parkin      Successful bids for external funding              Multi Agency    External funding
      Slide Away provision for bereaved               Slide Away         Expertise in all Maidstone schools to support     Transitional    secured by January
      pupils and their families across both    1-4    Steering            bereaved pupils and their families                Fund            2006
      Maidstone clusters.                             Group              Pupils remain engaged in learning during the                      Extend across
                                                                          bereavement process                                               Maidstone from
                                                                                                                                            April 2006 onwards
4.4   Work with health, social services,              Joy Ackroyd        Improved provision and outcomes for LAC           Cluster LAC     Board consideration
      foster carers and other agencies to             Jacky Parker       Rapid Response Service for schools supporting     Fund            December 2005
      improve educational outcomes for         1-5                        LAC                                                               ongoing
      LAC.                                                               Clearer and shared understanding of the issues
                                                                          faced by LAC

4.5    Introduce a revised structure for              Joy Ackroyd         Effective school based reviews in all cluster      Cluster       October 2006 and
       school based reviews that builds               Cluster EPs          schools                                            Development   ongoing
       whole school capacity to provide          3                        Increased capacity in school for meeting pupils’   Fund
       improved outcomes for pupils.                                       needs

4.6    Develop Cluster based provision for            Joy Ackroyd         Cluster based service in active operation          EMAG          September 2005
       EAL pupils and schools through a               EAL Team            Network of EAL designated teachers in place                      and ongoing
       team of EAL designated teachers.         1-5                       Increased awareness of the needs of EAL pupils
                                                                           and their families
                                                                          Links with Multicultural community groups in the
                                                                           Maidstone area
4.7    Using the County framework, roll out           Cluster EPs         Increase in school based expertise in meeting      SENCO         From February
       a programme of whole school ASD                and Specialist       the needs of pupils with ASD                       Development   2006
       training for primary and secondary        3    teachers            Improved provision and outcomes for pupils         Fund
       schools across the cluster.                                        All schools to have undertaken foundation stage
4.8    Extend the Yr. 6 – 7 Changing                  Changing            Stronger links between primary and secondary       Cluster       September 2005
       Schools project to include all cluster         Schools              school                                             Development   and ongoing
       schools and invite neighbouring          2-4   Project Team        Improved provision for Yr. 6 and Yr. 7 pupils      Fund
       secondary schools to join. Further
       develop information services for
       parents of Yr.6 pupils.
4.9    Improve transfer of information from           Early Years         Stronger links between early years settings and    Cluster       From May 2006
       pre school settings to primary schools         Cluster Team         primary schools                                    Development
       particularly for vulnerable pupils.      2-4                       Improved provision for pupils                      Fund

4.10   Introduce peer mentoring between               Joy Ackroyd         Increased support for vulnerable Yr. 6 pupils      Cluster       From June 2006
       secondary and Yr.6 pupils and            3-4   Safe Schools         and effective transition to secondary schools      Development
       develop a programme of summer                                                                                          Fund

5. Develop school improvement networks, partnerships and projects maximising the benefits of ICT to transform
teaching and learning and raise attainment across the curriculum. Lead Board Member: Norman Moore
Success Criteria:                                                     Evaluation:
 Enhanced music opportunities at Key Stage 2                         Lead Board members and LEO
 Greater and more effective use of ICT particularly whiteboards      Lead Music teachers for Cluster
   across all Key stages                                              LICT Team and HOS Consultants
 Stronger links between secondary teachers across the Cluster and    Secondary ICT steering group
   increased collaboration
See also Attainment and School Improvement Targets

               Key Actions                    ECM        Lead
                                                                                            Outcomes                             Budget         Timeline
                                               ref   Person/Group

5.1   Primary schools engaged in cross               Juliet Hawke        Cluster expertise in cross curricular planning     PEP Funding   Training from
      curricular planning project to                                      available to all schools                                         September 2005 and
      enhance creativity in the curriculum.    3                         Effective cross curricular planning leading to                   ongoing
                                                                          improved outcomes for pupils

5.2   Provide opportunities for secondary            Martin Carroll      Improved collaboration between secondary           Cluster       From January 2007
      teachers and pupils to work together           Joy Ackroyd          schools                                            Development
      on collaborative projects.              3-5                        Enhanced learning opportunities for pupils         Fund
                                                                         Shared expertise across schools

5.3   Promote strategies for pupils                  Cluster EPs         Effective strategies in place across all cluster   SENCO         From January 2006
      experiencing difficulties in reading                                schools                                            Development
      and writing.                             3                         Improved learning opportunities for pupils         Fund
                                                                         Enhanced expertise in schools

5.4   Work with secondary teachers to                Lead SAS            Improved outcomes for pupils                       Cluster       From September
      share expertise in developing writing          Consultant          Shared expertise across cluster schools            Development   2006
      at KS3.                                  3                                                                             Fund

5.5    Through the in-school variation               Jonathan          Best practice identified and shared                In School           From September
       project work with secondary schools      3    Smalley           Enhanced learning opportunities and improved       Variation Project   2005
       to raise attainment and share best                               outcomes for pupils                                Funding
       practice.                                                       Improved collaboration between subject
                                                                        departments within and across school
5.6    Pilot the ‘Wider Opportunities in             Joy Ackroyd       Increased access to music tuition for KS2 pupils   Standards           Commencing Term
       Music’ programme to develop lead                                Improved practice by teachers in delivering        Funding             4 – Term 6
       music teachers and increase access       3                       general musicianship in KS2
       to music tuition for KS2 pupils.
5.7    Review systems for pupil tracking,            Joy Ackroyd       Effective systems in place in all schools          Cluster             June 2006 and
       monitoring & review in cluster                Juliet Hawke      Improved pupil tracking and target setting         Development         onwards
       schools. Develop expertise in all        3                       procedures leading to rising standards             Fund
       schools maximising the benefit of
       available software.
5.8    Extend good practice developed by             Steven Nairn      Best practice shared with all cluster schools      Primary             September 2006
       the primary learning network                                    Enhanced use of ICT and improved pupil             Learning            and onwards
       focussing on ICT in Maths & problem      3                       standards in mathematics in network schools        Network
       solving.                                                                                                            Funding

5.9    Establish a team of LICTs for                 Joy Ackroyd       Improved cluster support for teachers              Hands on            Team established
       secondary schools.                            HOS               Increased use of ICT across the curriculum         Support ICT         by March 2006 and
                                                3    Secondary                                                             Funding             working in
                                                     Constultant                                                                               secondary schools
                                                                                                                                               April onwards

5.10   Building on HOS develop a                     LICT team         Expertise in all cluster schools in using          Hands on            June 2006 and
       programme for teachers focusing on            HOS primary        interactive whiteboards                            support ICT         onwards
       the effective use of whiteboards.        3    consultant        Improved learning opportunities for pupils         Funding
                                                                       Increased use of ICT across the curriculum

5.11   Investigate ICT options for ‘distance         Joy Ackroyd    Wider range of learning opportunities for KS4 pupils   Cluster             From September
       learning’ by KS4 pupils.                3-5   Dave Scott                                                            Development         2007

See also Cluster Priority 1

5.      Cluster Targets

The individual cluster contributions to overall LA targets are derived for the most part from agreed target
figures for individual schools aggregated across all Cluster schools.

1.     Attainment targets

KS1 - Level 2 C+                                                    2006                      2007
Reading                                                             87.6%
Writing                                                             87.0%
Maths                                                               92.9%
KS2 - Level 4 +                                                     2006                      2007
English                                                             81.2%
Maths                                                               83.3%
English (for Looked After Children)                         ) To   be added
Maths (for Looked After Children)                           ) “      “ “
KS3 - Level 5 +                                                     2006                      2007
English                                                             84.2%
Maths                                                               85.2%
Science                                                             85.8%
ICT                                                                 83.6%
English (for Looked After Children)                         ) To   be added
Maths (for Looked After Children)                           ) “      “ “
KS4                                                                 2006                      2007
5+ A* -C                                                            73.9%
5+ A*-G (including En and Ma)                               ) To   be added
5+ A*-G (for Looked After Children)                         ) “      “ “
1+ A*-G (for Looked After Children)                         ) “      “ “

2.     School Improvement

       Reduce to zero the number of schools receiving school improvement notices or judged needing
       special measures.

3.     Attendance and exclusion

                                                                  2006                       2007
Overall absence - Primary                                      To be added                   4.53%
Half day sessions missed - Secondary                            “ “    “                     6.67%
No. of pupils permanently excluded /1000                           1.2                          0
KS4 pupils in full time education (within 15 days of                    County Target 100%

4.     Early years

       Take up of EY education rises above 88% by 2008. The take up of EY education across Maidstone
       District is currently 84%.

5.     Vocational education

       Increase in the number of students following GNVQ and vocational GCE courses. Cluster target to
       be agreed when the baseline is identified.

6.     Community schools

       All schools with 20% free school meals to be working towards the healthy schools national standard
       by March 2006. 50% of schools working towards the standard by December 2006 and all schools
       engaged by December 2008.

7.     SEN assessments

       Continue to reduce the number of statutory assessments.
6.       Resources

     The Cluster Development Fund (2005-2006 £30,000) is deployed to fund the activities set out in this
     Action Plan. In addition funding for community schools development, ICT and EAL provision is managed
     by the Cluster. Every effort is made to attract external funding to maximise the effectiveness of Cluster

     The following principles guide cluster funding decisions:

          Funding decisions will be open and transparent and support the implementation of the cluster
           action plan.
          Any school benefiting from cluster projects/funding will be expected to share best practice to
           maximise the benefits of cluster activity.
          It is probable that not all schools will be able to benefit from cluster projects/funding at the same
           time. The Board will maintain an overview to ensure that all schools have the opportunity to
           benefit from cluster working overtime.
          The cluster budget will not be used to provide supply cover except for staff leading cluster events
           or providing training.

7.        Monitoring and Evaluation

 Each priority is owned by a Lead Board member(s) who maintains an overview of progress against the
 actions in the supporting plans.

 The Lead Board member(s) may establish working groups to support the achievement of key actions and
 to evaluate outcomes. Lead Board members are supported by the LEO and members of the Cluster team
 who provide regular updates highlighting successes and concerns. Individual actions and projects will
 also be monitored and evaluated by key participants.

 In addition, the LEO will provide a six monthly report on progress for the full Cluster.

 Maidstone Cluster 1 highly values evaluation and its role in informing future planning. Evaluation is a core
 feature of all Cluster activity and decision making.


A1       Key Contacts

A2       Glossary

A3       Feedback Form

                                                                                                                          Appendix 1

                                     MAIDSTONE KEY CONTACTS - BOARD MEMBERS

                Name and Job Title                      Telephone & Email                               School
Martin Carroll - Chairman                Office: 01622 752490                      Astor of Hever Community School

Sheila Dennis – Vice Chair               Office: 01622 752102                      Brunswick House Primary School

Caroline Robinson                        Office: 01622 745553                      Coxheath Junior School

Glynis Coates                            Office: 01622 814298                      St Peter and St Paul CEP School, Yalding

Rowena Linn                              Office: 01622 831393                      Marden Primary School

Norman Moore                             Office: 01622 842188                      Sutton Valence School

Jane Prideaux                            Office: 01622 759036                      The Maplesden Noakes

Trevor Phipps                            Office: 01622 726773                      Bower Grove Special School

Chris Jones                              Office: 01233 898560                      Kroner House, Ashford
Area Education Officer         

                                                                                             Appendix 1 contd.
                               Maidstone Cluster 1 Contact List

          Name & Title                       Contact Details                            Base
Joy Ackroyd                           Office: 01622 605106            Bishops Terrace
Local Education Officer               Mobile: 07801454848
Angela Russell                        Office: 01622 605114            Bishops Terrace
Cluster Administrator       
Jan Richardson                        Office: 01622 772133            Bishops Terrace
Behaviour Teacher                     Mobile : 07740183981
Communication & Interaction 
Patricia Rees                         Office: 01622 605140            Bishops Terrace
Cognition and Learning                Mobile: 07920 108823
Communication & Interaction 
Denise Ross                           Office: 01622 605182            Bishops Terrace
Education Psychologist      
Rhiannon Carney                       Office: 01622 605112            Bishops Terrace
Education Psychologist      
Adam Styles                           Office: 01622 605110            Bishops Terrace
Assistant Education Psychologist         Clusters 1 & 2
Helen Cottage                         Office: 01622 605151            Bishops Terrace -
Language Support Teacher           Clusters 1 & 2 & Malling Cluster
Tracy Crute                           Office: 01622 605151            Bishops Terrace
Language Support Teacher             Clusters 1 & 2 & Malling Cluster
Tony Shilcock                         Office: 01233 898569            Kroner House
Locality SEN Officer                  Mobile: 07850 956102
Denise Reardon                        Office: 01622 761050            Home Based
Early Years Advisory Officer          Mobile: 07917038212
Alison Goodsell                       Office: 01622 772307            Bishops Terrace
Early Years SENCO                     Mobile: 07798675348
Wendy Demuth                          Office: 01622 605161            Bishops Terrace
Pre-school SEN Teacher      
Lyn Devlin                            Office: 01622 605168            Bishops Terrace
Community Development Manager         Mobile 07740184070              Clusters 1 & 2
Ginni Copping                         Office: 01622 772138            Bishops Terrace
Education Welfare Officer   
Jemma Hansford                        Office: 01622 772267            Bishops Terrace
Education Welfare Officer         Cluster 1 & Malling Cluster
                                      Working With The Cluster
Chris Jones                           Office: 01233 898560            Kroner House
Area Education Officer      
Jonathan Smalley                      Office: 01233 898713            Kroner House
Secondary Link Adviser      
Susan Baldock                         Office: 01233 898584            Kroner House
Exclusions Officer                    Mobile: 07717853548
Juliet Hawke                          Office: 01622 749974            Five Acre Wood, Maidstone
Primary Excellence Project            Mobile: 07919 212066
George Parkin                         Office: 01233 898542            Kroner House
Joint Commissioning Officer           Mobile: 07740183743
Dave Scott                            Office: 01622 692198            Bishops Terrace
Senior Specialist Teacher Behaviour
James Barber                          Office: 01622691640             Bishops Terrace
Education Representative    
Youth Justice
Diana Robinson                        Office: 01233 898589            Kroner House
AEN Adviser                 

                                                            Appendix 2


ABS           Attendance and Behaviour Service
ASD           Autistic Spectrum Disorder
CAMHS         Child Adolescent and Mental Health Services
CSDM          Community Schools Development Manager
DFES          Department for Education and Skills
DIF           District Inclusion Forum
EAL           English as an additional Language
ECM           Every Child Matters
EMAG          Ethnic Minorities Achievement Grant
EWO           Education Welfare Officer
EYAT          Early Years Advisory Teacher
EP            Educational Psychologist
GCSE          General Certificate of Secondary Education
HOS           Hands on Support
HT            Headteacher
ICT           Information Communication Technology
KLIC          Kent Leadership and Innovation Centre
KS1/KS2/KS3   Key Stages 1, 2 and 3
LAC           Looked After Children
LEO           Local Education Officer
LICT          Lead ICT Teacher
LSA           Learning Support Assistant
MCAS          Minority Communities Achievement Service
PEP           Primary Excellence Project
PPA           Planning, Preparation, Assessment
SATs          Statutory Assessment Tests
SEAL          Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning
SEF           Self Evaluation Framework
SEN           Special Educational Needs
SENCo         Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
SLA           Secondary Link Adviser
TLR           Teaching and Learning Reform

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Appendix 3

Your Comments
We welcome your views on any aspect of this plan and will use them in the preparation of future plans and the development of Cluster services.

Please record your feedback and return to:

Angela Russell, Cluster Administrator, Kent County Council, Bishops Terrace, Bishops Way, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1AF
Tel: 01622 605114

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2.     Was there anything missing that you expected to find: If so, what?






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