Agenda and minutes

Education Advisory Board - Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room B - Civic Offices. View directions

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No. Item


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Jeff Williams, Director of Education for the Anglican Diocese. 


Declarations of interests


Councillor Tom Coles declared a personal, non-prejudicial interest as he is on the Academy Advisory Board at Penhale Infant School.


Councillor Suzy Horton declared a personal, non-prejudicial interest as she is a governor at Craneswater Junior School.


Minutes of the Meeting held on 6 February 2018 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

The minutes of the last meeting on 6 February 2018 are attached for approval.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 6 February 2018 be confirmed and signed by the chair as a correct record.


School Improvement Update pdf icon PDF 551 KB


Jo Peach, Director of Learning at Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance and Mike Stoneman, Deputy Director of Children and Families - Education introduced the report.


Mike Stoneman explained that the council commission the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance to deliver targeted school improvement for LA Maintained Schools, but do this under the auspices of the Portsmouth Education Partnership (PEP) and the PEP School Improvement Board.  The School Improvement Board is chaired by a headteacher and school improvement priorities for the city are agreed by the Board.


Jo Peach went on to explain that the Board is now working well with increased membership of Headteachers from both LA maintained schools and academies. The Board has overseen applications to the Strategic School Improvement Fund, two of which have been successful already securing nearly £0.5m of funding for the city focused on agreed priorities.  The PEP encourages all schools to have an external challenge / validation either through peer review or external verification (e.g. Challenge Partners).


There were five priorities for 2017-18, all of which are likely to feature in 2018/19 subject to agreement by the School Improvement Board. They were: 


SEND in mainstream - this is a significant issue and the PEP was successful in securing a SSIF bid of £200,000 to support 18 schools focusing in improving outcomes for pupils on SEN Support in mainstream. Some other schools not already included have shown an interest in joining.   Best practice will be shared across the city and a conference is taking place in November.


Closing the gap for disadvantaged pupils - another successful bid to the SSIF securing £200,000 to support 18 schools in order to improve the outcomes for disadvantaged children.  Best practice will be shared across the city and a conference is taking place in October. 


Improving outcomes for the most able - this in early stages and will be a key focus in 2018/19.


Subject specific support: networks have been established for Maths, English, MFL and Science 


Leadership - a range of leadership courses are running for middle and senior leaders including NPQLs (ML and SL) through Institute of Education for which the Teaching School has set up a local hub (no cost to schools due to DfE subsidy), and leadership programmes run through Ambition School Leadership. 


Ms Peach then summarised the other support the PEP were providing as outlined in the report and added that since the report had been written,  all maintained schools except one have had either an external review or an  Ofsted inspection in 2017-18.   


School Improvement support for LA maintained schools


Mrs Jeffery asked whether it would be possible for the PEP to complete a summary of the evaluations received. Mr Stoneman suggested that this could be done for the next EAB meeting in the autumn to judge the impact on outcomes as the provisional data would then be available.  Case studies for specific schools could be included. Councillor Horton added that it would be useful to include some qualitative statements from schools to see their  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.


Recent Ofsted Inspections pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Purpose of report


(1)  This report sets out the outcomes of 6 Ofsted school inspections that were carried out by Ofsted during the spring and early summer terms 2018.  This follows a report that was provided to Board Members on 6th February 2018 with a summary of the outcomes of Ofsted inspections for the late summer and autumn terms 2017.


(2)  The report also provides a summary of the overall position for Ofsted judgements across schools in Portsmouth.




It is recommended that members of the Education Advisory Board note the outcomes of the school inspections that were undertaken during the spring and early summerterms 2018.


Additional documents:


The report was introduced by Mike Stoneman who summarised the six Ofsted school inspections that had taken place during the spring and early summer terms. 


Mr Stoneman referred to Stamshaw Junior School's latest Ofsted result of Requires Improvement.  This was disappointing as the school were in requires improvement when Portswood Academy Trust took over the school four years ago. The LA is working with the RSC and the Trust to improve the position.   


Mr Stoneman added that two further inspections had taken place in May and June.  The Ofsted report for Portsdown Primary was now available and the school had retained their good status.   The Ofsted report for Southsea Infant School was not yet published. 


In response to a question about how many schools in the city were rated as requires improvement, Mr Stoneman said there were the following:

LA maintained schools - St Jude's CofE Primary School and Milton Park Primary School.  Mr Stoneman advised they St Jude's would be inspected again within the next 12-18 months and the LA was confident that the school would move to Good.  Milton Park Primary is also improving.


Academy schools - Ark Dickens Primary, Ark Ayrton Primary, Stamshaw Junior, King Richard and Isambard Brunel Junior were all rated as requires improvement.


RESOLVED members of the Education Advisory Board noted the outcomes of the school inspections that were undertaken during the spring and early summer terms 2018. 



Dates of future meetings:

This were confirmed as Tuesday 2 October 2018 and Wednesday 6 February 2019.  The summer term meeting would be held during the last week of term. 


In terms of items for the next meeting Mr Stoneman suggested the following items:

·         Provisional results 2018 - EYFSP, KS1, KS2 and KS4

·         Evaluation of 17/18 school improvement

·         Refresh of the education strategy