PH Bubble2About Plymouth Place-based School Improvement

Plymouth’ Multi Academy Trusts and the city’s 19 secondary schools have committed to working together to improve outcomes for their young people across the city. Working closely with key partners such as the Education Endowment Fund, Plymouth Local Authority, the Regional Schools’ Commissioner, and others, secondary Headteachers, MAT CEOs and their leadership teams have chosen to take a collaborative and sustainable approach to ensure rapid school improvement.

The place-based approach to school improvement has been operational since the latter two terms of the 2018/19 academic year. Precise self-evaluation and evidence gathering across a number of schools has resulted in an evidence based diagnostic and identification of key themes across schools. This has led to the implementation of a comprehensive place-based school improvement plan that includes all of the city’s secondary schools, making best use of local, regional and national expertise and by centralising resources for the benefit of Plymouth’s children.

We were delighted when in May 2021, the Government reinforced its commitment to levelling up education across the country with the announcement of other locally targeted initiatives based on the Plymouth place-based model, to make sure as many pupils as possible can benefit from being in a great school.

Core principles that underpin the commission:

Evidence informed and needs led, being ‘For schools by schools’ so it is both relevant and credible.

Be founded on what has already worked in schools, bringing together the best in school improvement work.

Realistic and flexible recognising the need for agility in responding to collective and individual school needs during this time.

Key Commission Objectives are described in three strands and are “unpacked” in more detail in the Plymouth Secondary Improvement Plan 

Individual School Support 
Partnership Support 
MAT School Improvement Support

An outstanding CPD offer in the city that builds leadership capacity to implement
evidence-based school improvement strategies leading to sustainable school improvement.

To develop and implement a strategy that tackles key barriers
to system improvement in Plymouth.

Chief Executive of Plymouth City Council, Tracey Lee, said:

‘I am delighted that Plymouth is one of the first few areas to have been selected to take part in this significant national initiative.

I am sure all education providers in the city share the excitement that Plymouth is recognised by the Government as an area that has good foundations with a place-based collaboration and is most likely to achieve success as a trailblazer of this national initiative.

There are many challenges in improving the educational achievements for all children and young people in Plymouth, and we do not underestimate these. This initiative will support us in facing these head on and achieving our vision that all children and young people in the city are able to aspire and achieve and have a bright future.’

Strategic Contacts

Tony Bloxham (Plymouth Commission Lead) 
Chrysta Garnett (Plymouth Implementation Lead)