Hampshire County Council

Education Policy Review Committee

Item 10

13 July 2004

Collaborative working arrangements : a policy for the development of specialist schools and leading edge networks.

Report of the County Education Officer

Contact: Ian Beacham, 01962 862520, email :ian.beacham@hants.gov.uk Melanie Saunders, Education Officer Secondary,01962 846364, email: melanie.saunders@hants.gov.uk

1 Summary

1.1 This report sets out the County Council's strategic position on the development of specialist school and leading edge networks, within Hampshire, details of which are contained in appendix 1 . Further it recommends amendments to the County Council's policy on specialist schools adopted by the Education Committee in October 2000, a copy of which is contained in appendix 4.

1.2 The proposed amendments, reflect a change in government policy, to one which now encourages all secondary schools, including special schools with secondary aged pupils, to apply for specialist status. Further, the emphasis has changed from a competitive to a collaborative process, both pre and post designation, thus enabling dissemination of good practice, through consortium and network arrangements. Schools are now required to produce a four year development plan, rather than a year plan. This plan needs to show the added value that specialist status will bring to the school, its community, as well as its family of schools in across phase working.

1.3 Appendix 2 and 3 of the report provides information on the current status of these two initiatives in the County Council's maintained schools.

2 Introduction

2.1 The Specialist Schools programme was launched in July 1997, following the publication of the White Paper `Excellence in Schools'. It focussed on technology, languages, sport and the arts. The programme was revised and expanded in July 1999 with a target of designating 800 specialist schools nationally by 2003. The specialist schools programme is central to the government's goal of increasing diversity and improving standards in secondary education. Specialist schools are required to work across the age phases with their families of schools, including post 16 providers, to support the dissemination of good practice and to raise standards of teaching and learning. Furthermore, they are expected to involve and work with their communities.

2.2 Currently on designation each school receives a one off grant of £100,000.This is for a capital scheme, which must be related to the subject specialism, and is paid either as a direct grant via the standards fund or made available as a supplementary credit approval. In addition each school will receive annual revenue funding, at the rate of £126 per pupil, up to 1,000 pupils .Schools with over 1200 pupils will receive a further £126 per annum for every pupil over 1,200.For special schools, the rate is £630 per pupil, up to a maximum of £126,000, a secondary school of 1,000 pupils will receive £126,000 , a school of 1,300 pupils will receive £ 138,600, the rate per pupil will be increased to £129 in 2005 . A special school of 80 pupils will receive £ 50,400 . Funding is initially for four years, at the end of which schools may apply for re designation, no second capital grant is given. Therefore, there are no direct financial implication for the County Council.

2.3 Schools are required to raise £50,000 private sponsorship, in support of their application. This proves to be difficult for some. Schools which can demonstrate they have been fund raising for at least a year can apply to the Specialist Schools Trust for a top up grant from centrally held funds.

2.4 In February 2003, the Secretary of State for Education announced that all secondary schools would be encouraged to achieve specialist status. Mathematics and computing, science, business and enterprise, engineering, music and humanities were added to the original specialisms.

3 Specialist Schools in Hampshire

3.1 The County Council remains committed to comprehensive, non selective and inclusive education within Hampshire. Specialist schools will be supported where the criteria set out in Appendix 1 are met.

3.2 Appendix 1 also sets out the role specialist schools can play, post designation, in support of the County Council's strategy to raise standards in schools. It is recognised that good management and teaching within subject areas, are also found in schools without the specialist status.

3.3 The County Council recognises the benefits that specialist school status brings to collaborative working. This can involve local consortium arrangements, networks both within and external to the LEA and subject specific networks within Hampshire, which will better facilitate the dissemination of best practice. Importantly it will involve working across all age phases, including special schools and post 16 providers.

3.4 By 2006 more than two thirds of all the secondary schools in Hampshire will have achieved specialist status. To date, 48 secondary schools, out of 71 in Hampshire have been designated [appendix 2].

3.5 Only four of the remaining schools are not preparing an application. Of these, one is in special measures and therefore unable to apply. The governors of two others have chosen not to apply, and one has leading edge status.

3.6 Appendix 1 sets out the County Council's working arrangements with schools as well as the support for specialist schools when applying for re designation.

4 The Leading Edge Networks

4.1 Designed to replace the Beacon School programme, this Government initiative looks to support good and effective practice in schools and encourage dissemination by collaborative working. The County Council's policy criteria for the support of leading edge networks are set out in appendix 1.

5 Legal implications

5.1 None

6 Financial implications

6.1 None

7 Personnel implications

8 Impact assessment

8.1 Race and equality impact assessment has been considered in the development of this report and no adverse impact has been identified.

9 Crime prevention issues

9.1 No issues have been identified

10 Views of the Local County Councillor

10.1 This report referrers to all secondary school within the County Council.

Recommendations

1 That members of the Education Policy Review Committee provide the Executive Member for Education with appropriate comments on the policy presented in appendix 1.

Section 100 D - Local Government Act 1972 - background documents

The following documents discuss facts or matters on which this report, or an important part of it, is based and have been relied upon to a material extent in the preparation of this report.

NB: the list excludes

1. Published works

2. Documents which disclose exempt or confidential information as defined in the Act.

List documents here or type `none'.

The Government announcement made by Charles Clarke, the Secretary of State for Education, in February 2003 that all schools would be encouraged to achieve specialist status closely reflects the County Council's own position. Since the DfES' first plans for expansion, it has been made clear to Hampshire's Secondary Schools that they would receive the positive support of the LEA in seeking specialist school status provided the applications are in accord with the County Council's own policy.

The County Council firmly believes in the benefit that specialist school status can bring to collaborative working. This takes the following forms:-

In addition to the development of specialist schools, the LEA encourages consortium working arrangements; these already exist in the following areas of Hampshire:

As more schools achieve specialist school status, the LEA will continue to encourage and support the development of consortium working and subject specific networking. Part of the LEA's strategy is to encourage schools to apply for specialisms which will complement those already in place in the local Consortium. By so doing, schools will be in a strong position to build on existing working relationships, in order to ensure good and effective practice across a range of subject specialisms. The lessons learnt from existing working examples of consortia will be used to inform future developments.

Subject specific networks which will better facilitate the dissemination of best practice will be proactively supported by the LEA. The pivotal role schools play within their communities both as a learning environment and as a resource, may be further advanced by the gaining of specialist status. The involvement of the wider community is vitally important to the success of a specialist school, both in the delivery of its objectives and in the increased opportunities to develop towards the principles of an `extended school'.

4 The County Council's policy for the development of specialist schools

The County Council is committed to comprehensive, non-selective and inclusive education within Hampshire. It will support specialist school applications where the following criteria are met:-

1. That the school can meet the DfES criteria, especially in respect of:

2. There is evidence of a proven track record of co-operation with a number of other schools locally.

3. There is evidence of substantial agreement for the bid from neighbouring schools of all phases, including special schools.

4. There is a commitment by the school that it will not seek to attract pupils from beyond its traditional catchment area. The County Council will not support applications from schools which seek to take up the option to select up to 10% of their pupils on the basis of ability or aptitude, or any other form of selection.

5. The application supports the County Council's wish for an even distribution of specialist schools in Hampshire and that:

6. The application will support existing strategies and build on successful practice

7. That the LEA has been consulted particularly in the initial stages of the development of the application.

5 LEA strategy and action

A Preparing the application

B Post-designation

The LEA recognises that specialist schools have a role to play in the development of and in promoting good practice. However, it is important to recognise that good management and pedagogical practices in a subject area may be found in schools other than those with subject specialist status.

C Preparing the application for re designation

Specialist schools are required to re-apply for designation during their fourth years. They will have to submit a new four year development plan with fresh targets but not be required to seek further sponsorship. In order to reapply schools will need to demonstrate:

NB The Government is considering a proposal which will allow schools to apply for an additional subject specialism at re-designation. Currently schools may, if they wish change their subject specialism at re designation. Officers will work strategically with head teachers in areas to ensure there is a good spread of specialist provision within the county

6 The "Leading Edge" Programme

Designed to replace the "Beacon Schools" programme and originally called the "Advanced Schools" programme, this initiative is similar to that of the specialist schools programme in that it supports the development and dissemination of good practice by investing in collaborative working.

7 County Council policy

The County Council will endorse "Leading Edge" applications where the following criteria are met:

Education Officers, subject specialists and attached inspectors will support schools with Leading Edge status in line with the guidance set out for specialist school applications.

The current applications cycle is based on a single annual round.

In order to enable the County Education Officer's endorsement to be focused and strategic, LEA Officers and inspectors need to be involved at an early stage in the application process.

Establishment

Specialism

Family of Schools

Year of Designation

The Alderman Quilley School Eastleigh

Engineering

2004

Aldworth Science College

Basingstoke

Science

Kempshott Junior school

Park View Junior school

Worting Junior school

Limington House Special school

Fort Hill Community school

2003

Amery Hill School

Alton

Music

Anstey Junior school

The Butts Primary school

St. Lawewnce CE Primary school

Chawton CE primary school

St. Mary's Bentworth CE Primary school

Selborne CE Primary school

Eggar's Secondary school

2004

Applemore College

Dibden Purlieu

Technology

Foxhills Junior school

Marchwood Junior school

Orchard Junior school

Cedar School Southampton

Tremona Rd Children's Centre

Cantell Secondary school

Hardley Secondary school

Southampton University

1996

The Arnewood School

New Milton

Technology

New Milton Infant school

New Milton Junior school

Ashley Infant school

Ashley Junior school

Bransgore Primary school

Tiptoe Primary school

Ringwood Secondary school

Brockenhurst College

2002

Bay House School

Gosport

Maths and Computing

Lee-on-Solent Junior school Haselworth Primary school Gomer Junior school Leesland CE Junior school Alverstoke CE Junior school

2004

Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School

Basingstoke

Maths and Computing

St.Anne's R.C.Primary school

St.Bede's R.C Primary school

St. John the Baptist Primary school

Dove House Special school

Fort Hill Secondary school

Cranbourne Secondary school

2004

Bohunt School

Liphook

Language

Grayshott Primary school

Greatham Primary school

Liphook Junior school

Liss Junior school

Amery Hill Secondary school

Eggars Secondary school

Mill Chase Secondary school

Petersfield Secondary school

Alton Sixth Form College

University of Portsmouth

1996

Brighton Hill Community School

Basingstoke

Sport

Hatch Warren Primary school

St. Marks Primary school

Cliddesden Primary school

North Waltham Primary school

Dove House Special school

Bishop Challoner Secondary school

Costello Technology college

2003

Brookfield Community School

Sarisbury Green

Language

Hook-with-Warsash Primary school

Locks Heath Junior school

Park Gate Junior school

Sarisbury Junior school

St Antony's RC Primary school

St John's RC Primary school

Baycroft Special school

Lord Wilson Special school

Bridgemary Community school

Brune Park Community school

Cams Hill Secondary school

Crofton Secondary school

Henry Cort Secondary school

Neville Lovett Secondary school

Portchester Community school

Fareham Sixth Form college

St Vincent Sixth Form college

2002

Brune Park Community School

Gosport

Performing Arts

Brockenhurst Junior school Elson Junior school Siskin Junior school Newtown CE Primary school St.John's Gosport CE Primary school St.Mary's Catholic Primary school

2004

Cams hill School

Fareham

Leading Edge

2003

The Clere School

Burghclere

Technology

Ashfield Hill Primary school

Burghclere Primary school

Echinswell & Symonton CE Primary school

Hurstbourne Tarrant CE Primary school

Kingsclere CE Primary school

St Martin's East Woodhay CE Primary school

Vernham Dean Gillium's CE Primary school

Wooton Hill Junior school

The Hurst Community school

Testbourne Community school

Queen Mary's College Basingstoke

Newbury College

2001

Costello Technology College

Basingstoke

Technology

Fairfields Primary school

Great Binfields Primary school

Rucstall Primary school

St Mary's Junior school

Fort Hill Community school

Aldworth Science College

2002

Court Moor School

Fleet

Science

Church CrookhamJunior school

Dogmersfield CE Primary school

Velmead Junior school

Crondall Primary school

John Hunt of Everest Secondary school

Calthorpe Park Secondary school

2004

Cranbourne Community School

Basingstoke

Business and Enterprise

Chalk Ridge Primary school

Kings Furlong Infant school

Kings Furlong Junior school

Manor Field Infant school

Manor Field Junior school

Oakley Infant school

Oakley Junior school

St. Johns Primary school

Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary school

2004

Crestwood Community School

Eastleigh

Business and Enterprise

Shakespeare Infant school

Shakespeare Junior school

Crescent Primary school

Norwood Primary school

Wyvern Technology College school

Alderman Quilley Secondary school

2004

Crookhorn Community School

Waterlooville

Technology

Padnell Junior school Hulbert Junior school Queens Inclosure Primary school Waite End Primary school

2004

Eggars School

Alton

Science

Anstey Junior school Wootey Junior school Binsted CE Primary school Bentley CE Primary school Andrews' Endowed CE Primary school Selborne CE Primary school

2004

Frogmore community College Yateley

Technology

Frogmore Junior school

Hawley Primary school

Newlands Primary school

Potley Hill Primary school

Kings' Secondary school

2004

Hamble Community Sports College

Hamble

Sport

Bursledon Infant school

Bursledon Junior school

Hamble Primary school

Netley Infant school

Netley Junior school

Mountbatten Community school

Romsey Community school

Test Valley Secondary school

Barton Peveril College

Itchen College

Southampton College

2002

The Henry Beaufort Community College

Winchester

Technology

Harestock Primary school

Itchen Abbas Primary school

Kings Worthy Primary school

Micheldever Primary school

South Wonston Primary school

Weeke Primary school

Test Valley Secondary school

Sparsholt College

2002

Henry Cort Community College

Fareham

Sport

Oak Meadow Primary school

Orchard Lea Junior school

Titchfield Primary school

Whiteley Primary school

Fareham College

St Vincent Sixth Form college

2003

Horndean Technology College

Horndean

Technology

Catherington Infant school

Clanfield Junior school

Hambledon Infant school

Hart Plain Infant school

Hart Plain Junior school

Horndean Junior school

Meadowlands Infant school

Meadowlands Junior school

Padnell Junior school

Petersgate Infant school

Rowlands Castle St John's CE Primary school

Queen's Inclosure Primary school

Rachel Maddocks Special school

Cowplain Community school

2002

Hounsdown School

Totton

Science

Copythorne Infant school

Eling Infant school

Foxhills Infant school

Hazel Wood Infant school

Lynhurst Infant school

Netley Marsh Infant school

Abbots Wood Junior school

Bartley Junior school

Foxhills Junior school

Forest Edge Special school

Oak Lodge Special school

Salterns Special school

Priestlands Secondary school

Noadswood Secondary school

Brockenhurst College

Totton College

2003

The Hurst Community College

Baughurst

Science

Bishopswood Junior school

Bramley Primary school

Burnham Copse Junior school

Sherborne St John Primary school

Silchester Primary school

Tadley Primary school

Maple Ridge Special school

The Clere Community school

Fort Hill Community school

The Priory Secondary school

Testbourne Community school

2002

John Hanson School

Andover

Science

St. John the Baptist Primary school

Balksbury Infant school

Balksbury Primary school

Shipton Bellinger Junior

Harrow Way Community school

Winton Secondary school

2004

King's School

Winchester

Business and Enterprise

Stanmore Primary school Oliver's Battery Primary school Colden Common Primary school Compton All Saints CE Primary school John Keble CE Primary school St.Faith's CE Primary school

2004

Neville Lovett Community School and CEC

Fareham

Maths & Computing

Wallisdean Junior school

Redlands Primary school

Ranvilles Junior school

Brookfield Community school

Porchester Community school

Brune Park Community school

Bridgemary Community school

Crofton Secondary school

Cams Secondary school

Henry Cort Secondary school

Bay House school

Heathfield Special school

St Vincent College

Fareham College

2003

Park Community School

Leigh Park

Arts

Barncroft Infant school

Barncroft Junior school

Front Lawn Infant school

Front Lawn Junior school

Riders Infant school

Riders Junior school

Trosnant Infant school

Trosnant Junior school

Sharps Copse Primary school

Warren Park Primary school

Glenwood Special school

Riverside Special school

Staunton Park Community school

2002

Perins Community School

Alresford

Sport

Ropley Primary school

Sun Hill Infant school

Sun Hill Junior school

Four Marks Primary school

Medstead Primary school

Cheriton Primary school

Preston Candover Primary school

Osborne Special school

Amery Hill Secondary school

Eggars Secondary school

2003

The Petersfield School

Petersfield

Arts

Clanfield Junior school

Herne Junior school

Froxfield CE Infant school

Buriton Primary school

Langrish Primary school

Sheet Primary school

Steep Primary school

2004

Purbrook Park School

Waterlooville

Language

Bidbury Junior school

Waite End Primary school

Morelands Primary school

Queens Inclosure Primary school

Hulbert Junior school

Bosmere Junior school

Purbrook Junior school

Cowplain Secondary school

Crookhorn Community school

Park Community school

Hayling Secondary school

Warblington Secondary school

Horndean Technology college

2003

Priestlands School

Lymington

Arts

Brockenhurst Primary school

St.Luke's CE Primary school

Our Lady and St. Joseph Catholic Primary school

Lymington Junior school

Lymington Infant school

Pennington Junior school

Pennington Infant school

Beaulieu Village Primary school

South Baddesley CE Primary school

William Gilpin CE Primary school

Milford-on-Sea CE Primary school

2004

Ringwood School

Ringswood

Languages

Poulner Junior school

Ringwood Junior school

Bransgore Primary school

Burley Primary school

Sopley Primary school

The Arnewood Secondary school

The Burgate Secondary school

Hardley Secondary school

2001

Robert May's Community School

Odiham

Combined Science and

M and C

Amery Hill Secondary school

Hook Junior school

Mayhill Junior school

Whitewater Primary school

Greenfields Primary school

2004

The Romsey School

Romsey

Language

Ampfield Primary school

Awbridge Primary school

Braishfield Primary school

Cupernham Junior school

Romsey Abbey CE Primary school

Romsey Junior school

Mountbatten school and Language College

Barton Peveril college

2000

Swanmore College of Technology

Swanmore

Technology

Curdridge Primary school

Droxford Primary school

Ridgemede Primary school

St John the Baptist Primary school

Swanmore Primary school

Wickham Primary school

Brune Park Community school

2002

Testwood School

Totton

Sport

Abbottswood Junior school

Oakfield Primary school

Calmore Junior school

Salterns Special school

Applemore College

2004

Thornden School

Chandlers Ford

Arts

Chandlers Ford Infant school

Hiltingbury Junior school

Merdon Junior school

Knightwood Primary school

Otterbourne Primary school

Scantabout Primary school

Lakeside Special school

Crestwood Secondary school

Mountbatten Secondary school

Romsey Secondary school

Toynbee Secondary school

Wyvern Secondary school

2000

The Toynbee School

Eastleigh

Sport

Fryern Infant school

Fryern Junior school

Crescent Primary school

Knightwood Junior school

Merdon Junior school

St Francis Primary school

Alderman Quilley Secondary school

Crestwood Secondary school

Barton Peveril college

Tauntons college

2003

The Vyne Community School

Basingstoke

Arts

Four Lanes Community Junior school

Merton Junior school

Oakridge Junior school

South View Junior school

Maple Ridge Special school

Aldworth Science College

Queen Mary's College

Basingstoke College of Technology

2002

The Wavell School

Farnborough

Technology

South Farnborough Junior school

St Marks' CE Primary school

Talavera Junior school

2002

Wildern School

Hedge End

Arts

Freegrounds Infant school

Freegrounds Junior school

Berrywood Primary school

Botley Primary school

Kings Copse Primary school

Shamblehurst Primary school

St James Primary school

Cedar Special school

Hamble Secondary school

Wyvern Secondary school

Barton Peveril College

Itchen College

Southampton City College

2002

Wyvern Technology College

Fair Oak

Technology

Fair Oak Infant school

Fair Oak Junior school

Stoke Park Iinfant school

Stoke Park Junior school

Durley Primary school

Upham Primary school

Alderman Quilley Secondary school

Crestwood Secondary school

Barton Peveril College

Eastleigh college

2000

Yateley School

Yateley

Arts

St Peter's Junior

Westfields Junior

Charles Kingsley Primary

Newlands Primary

Court Moor Secondary

Fernhill Secondary

Frogmore Secondary

2002

Schools Working Towards Specialist Designation Appendix 3

School

Specialism

Date of application

Date of outcome

Bridgemary Community school

Sport

October 2005

Calthorpe Park school

Maths

March 2004

Jul 04

The Connaught school

Business/Enterprise

March 2004

Jul 04

Cove school

Science

March 2004

Jul 04

Cowplain Community school

Business/Enterprise

October 2004

Feb 05

Crofton school

Science

October 2004

Feb 05

Fernhill school

Language

October 2004

Feb 05

Fort Hill Community school

Humanities

October 2005

Feb 06

Harrow Way Community school

Arts

March 2004

Jul 04

The Hayling school

Mathematics

The John Hunt Community school

Business/Enterprise

Working Towards

Mill Chase Community school

Technology

March 2004

Jul 04

Noadswood school

Mathematics

March 2005

Jul 05

Oaklands Catholic Comprehensive school

Humanities

March 2004

Jul 04

Portchester Community school

Performing Arts

October 2004

Staunton Park Community school

Sport

October 2005

Testbourne Community school

Performing Arts

October 2004

Feb 05

Winton school

Technology

March 2004

Jul 04