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Building dynamic relationships within and between communities. : 

Building dynamic relationships within and between communities. New Headteachers’ Programme – Cohort C Event 6 – Developing a Community Strategy Tuesday 18th May 2010 Holte Visual and Performing Arts College, Birmingham

Connecting schools and their community : 

Connecting schools and their community Schools are most effective when strongly linked to the community they serve. Schools that engage parents and work with a range of external partners, build social capital and cohesion in their communities, as well as raising standards.

Why is community engagement important for schools? : 

Why is community engagement important for schools? cannot tackle the problems of underachievement or improve educational engagement and increase success alone need to take on a leading role in creating strong communities and developing their community’s capacity for learning That means building “the capacity of the school to work with a wide range of individuals and organisations in its local and wider community for the purpose of ensuring high levels of achievement for all students in all settings” (SSAT) Put another way, they build social capital.

The community offer : 

The community offer The community team offers schools the support they need to work effectively with partners such as Higher Education Institutions, employers, colleges, third sector organisations and other schools. Using their specialism as a basis, schools are enabled to build community relationships that help learners of all ages to maximise their potential.

The community programme : 

The community programme Schools partnerships Adult and family learning Community cohesion Designation and re-designation Employer engagement Extended services Higher Education partnerships The Rural Dimension of specialism Through: Bespoke consultancy packages Community leadership programmes Conferences The ICE Mark Lead Practitioner networks Publications School based workshops Web resources

How can the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust support you? : 

How can the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust support you? Leadership for Community Cohesion course Community Conference on 25/26 May Community Cohesion conference 21 October School Based Seminars (June and November) Funding the community dimension of specialism Consultancy e.g. developing a community strategy and action plan for your school/Academy Investing in Community Education (ICE) mark Cultural Diversity Quality Standard (CDQS)

ICE – the ultimate prize : 

ICE – the ultimate prize Recognises and celebrates the role of the school/academy at the heart of its communities Supports critical review of the community dimension of specialism Increases the breadth and depth of community engagement Supports the development of effective models of collaboration and regeneration Inspires confidence across community partnerships Establishes a mechanism for recognising and sharing best practice in community engagement across schools and academies Adds value to a school’s self-evaluation process, without duplicating existing approaches.


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‘…community cohesion depends upon breaking down the “fear of difference”… and promoting trust between different groups’ (Professor Ted Cantle, 2006) The Education and Inspections Act 2006 introduced the duty on all maintained schools in England to promote community cohesion with Ofsted to report on the contributions made in this area from September 2008. Community Cohesion

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The extent to which the school has developed an understanding of the religious, ethnic and socio-economic characteristics of its community in a local, national and global context (A1.1) The extent to which the school has taken an appropriate set of planned actions based on an analysis of its context and is evaluating the impact of its work The extent to which the school’s actions have a positive impact on community cohesion within the school and beyond Ofsted: The effectiveness with which the school promotes community cohesion

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evidence file against the criteria, which is available online school visit Awards are made at 3 levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) ‘Diamond’ 6 key standards: Ethos Achievement Curriculum Parental and Community Involvement Staffing and Governors Specific Projects and innovations Cultural Diversity Quality Standard (CDQS)

Standard 1: Ethos : 

Standard 1: Ethos

Standard 2: Achievement : 

Standard 2: Achievement

Standard 3: Curriculum : 

Standard 3: Curriculum

Standard 4: Parents & Community Engagement : 

Standard 4: Parents & Community Engagement

Standard 5: Staff & Governors : 

Standard 5: Staff & Governors

Standard 6: Specific Projects / Innovations : 

Standard 6: Specific Projects / Innovations


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