Teaming up to see expectations rise in schools

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SCHOOLS across Gosport are pulling together to improve education and raise expectations for pupils.

The Gosport Educational Improvement Partnership (GEIP) first started in 2009.

But now, every school in the town has signed up, and the leadership team say they have started to see results.

A total of £5 is put away every academic year for each pupil. The money is then invested in resources and projects to improve education.

Joy Squibb, headteacher of St John’s Primary School in Gosport and part of the leadership team, said: ‘That money we are using to support Gosport children to get the resources that they need to be successful. It’s going well. It’s about raising standards. Our ambition is that every school in Gosport is a good school.

‘The schools that are the highest performing in the GEIP are able to support those schools that are having difficulties.’

The partnership provides targeted training for teachers and staff that can be held in Gosport.

It also provides special programmes to support pupils and parenting courses to give parents advice.

The project also enables teachers from more successful schools to work with those that are struggling to improve standards.

Mrs Squibb added: ‘It’s empowering to know that the things we are working on, our colleagues can help us with.

‘We don’t have to go outside of Gosport and we don’t have to pay a lot of money.

‘We can use the strengths inside Gosport to make us better.

‘There’s a real strong drive for improvement. People who work in Gosport are really passionate about Gosport and will fight for the best for Gosport children.

‘We are promoting high expectations for everyone.

‘All of the schools in Gosport expect the same from the staff, children, parents and governors.

‘There will be more consistency about what we can all offer.’

And Mrs Squibb said they have noticed a difference in standards.

‘Schools are much more open about sharing their strengths and their weaknesses. Standards are being raised because we are supporting each other to do that.

‘We think this is unique in the country where there is a town where everyone is signed up to make it better.’