All primary schools in the city are represented by one board known as the 'Primary Special School Improvement Partnership'. The board meets 3 times a year and is representative of school leaders in either Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Headteacher roles currently working within Plymouth primary schools. Irrelevant of status all schools; maintained or academy have the opportunity to engage with Plymouth's place-based school improvement work.
Stuart Tulloch-Thomas, Chair of the board and Headteacher at Pennycross Primary, spent time earlier in the calendar year seeking school leaders' self evaluation. The aim of the self evaluation tool was to support delivery of meaningful professional development for all schools wishing to access the place based strategies; due to be implemented this academic year.
There are many routes for colleagues to access school improvement work and colleagues may have already been part of the Westcountry Schools 'Curriculum Excellence Conference' which was a response to the secondary sector's place-based work. This is just one example of place-based work across the city.
It's hoped that having one central 'virtual' platform to collaborate from will enable all schools to achieve the best possible outcomes for the children in their care.
Image Credits - Leigham Primary School, Widey Court Primary School & Thornbury Primary School