The Sanctuary has developed a reputation for quality provision and outstanding CPD, particularly with NQTs and ITT students. We have a strong track record in School-2-School Support and have gained national recognition for the work we have undertaken.  The Sanctuary has also been accredited as a Designated OLEVI Centre (DOC); the only primary school nationally to gain this prestigious accolade.

This is a selection of case studies to demonstrate how The Sanctuary and St Chad’s School have worked with various schools, LA’s and Consortia.

If you are interested in having further discussions about how we can support you, please contact The Sanctuary on 01457 875151 or email info@stchads.sanctuarylc.org

St Anne’s C of E Lydgate

St Anne’s Lydgate is a rural 1 form entry church school in the heart of Saddleworth. In 2013 the school was categories as requiring improvement. Newly appointed Head teacher Jane approached the Sanctuary for support.

How we supported the school…

The Sanctuary worked alongside HMI and the LA to create an action plan to raise aspirations , challenge teachers expectations for children, remove the barriers  which teachers sited for poor standards and improve the learning by focusing on engagement and challenge in all lessons.

As part of the support programme the Sanctuary ; accessed additional funding streams ; 1-1 coaching for the head teacher and SLT; support with moderation and assessment practices in school; the introduction of a robust and accurate data tracking system; specific training for all staff to develop engagement and challenge in lessons; intensive support for NQT’s and more vulnerable teachers to raise standards of teaching across the school; good members of staff attended the Outstanding Teacher programme; support with the recruitment of new teachers, and succession planning; intensive support in mathematics  from our SLE’s.

What the school thought…

Jane Fraser the head teacher felt, “ the work with St Chad’s and The Sanctuary  has greatly developed teacher confidence and expertise, particularly math, and this has had a huge impact upon the quality of teaching and learning I observe on a day to day basis in school. Staff set extremely high expectations and there is clear and differentiation and challenge for children of all abilities. Classroom environments have been transformed and everyone at St Anne’s is focused upon supporting the children achieve their very best.”

Romily Primary

Romily Community Primary School is a Vale of Glamorgan County school, South Wales. The school serves the western end of the town of Barry and has done so for well over 100 years.

The main school has a standard entry number of 90 pupils per year group. Romily is a very forward thinking school, that has a long history of Joint practice development and innovation. The Head Teacher is Kelvin Law.

How we provided supported…

As a designated OLEVI Doc, The Sanctuary has used Romily, as a base to run a number of OTP (Outstanding Teacher Programmes), and ITP’s ( Improving Teacher Programmes ). Senior and Middle leaders from Romily and the other partner schools ; Barry Island, Rhws and Cadoxton Primary , all attended the programme, and took the messages of OTP and ITP back into their schools.

What the schools  thought…

Kelvin Law the head teacher writes “Huw has worked with our school for the last two terms delivering the OLEVI accredited Outstanding Teacher Programme. During this time Huw has worked with teachers  from both our school, and other schools from authorities with the Central South Consortium. Feedback for Huw and the programme has been incredibly positive. Experienced members of staff have called the programme ‘Inspirational’ and have referred to the effect on their practice as ‘Extraordinary’. Having sat in on a number of sessions, it is clear that the role of facilitator is fundamental in ensuring the ideas and philosophy of the OTP as shared with participants. Huw and Peter have done an excellent job in inspiring and motivating teachers to develop the OTP philosophy across schools in the region – Thank you !”

Central South Consortium

As part of the of the overall school improvement strategy for 5 LA’s in South Wales the Sanctuary supported with the delivery and roll out of OTP/ ITP , and helped facilitate school-school partnership work to raise standards of learning for children in both the primary and secondary sector. Alison Beer is the interim head of service.  The Sanctuary Facilitator was Huw Duggan.

How we provided supported…

As a Designated OLEVI Centre the Sanctuary delivered a number of Improving teacher programmes (ITP) and Outstanding Teachers Programmes (OTP) with the aim of raising standards of teaching and learning, across the 5 LA’s.  Peter Burnley, and Huw Duggan also worked supporting the strategic development of “Hub”  schools, and have been involved in the identification and training of new facilitators. The Sanctuary has developed a close  relationship with the consortium, and hopes to further support the development of teaching and learning in South Wales through our work as an OLEVI Doc and further bespoke support.

What the Consortium  thought…

Alison Beer felt, “Huw has worked with a large number of schools across our 5 local authorities and the results have had real impact. Our Challenge Advisors report that they have seen vast improvements in teachers’ classroom pedagogy resulting in learners who are more engaged in their learning. We are rapidly expanding the programme so that our schools who have fully embraced the OTP philosophy are undertaking facilitator training in a move to become Improvement hubs. We believe that this programme  is the key strategy for School Improvement in the Central South of Wales.”

Werneth Community School

Werneth Community Primary is a large 3 form entry primary school close to Oldham town center , it has an exceptionally high number of children with English as an Additional Language.

How we supported the school…

In 2013 the Werneth was  categorized as Requires improvement school, and  HMI, utilised the teaching school as one of the key  drivers to raise standards. The Sanctuary’s key objectives were:

  • To move the school from a closed , dependency culture to a learning focused environment
  • Raise aspirations of staff and children and recognise potential .

As part of the Intensive support The Sanctuary provided ; 1-1 coaching for the head and leadership team; high level leadership training for all SLT ; training for subject leaders ; technical and strategic support to enhance  ICT; whole school staff meetings; support with data analysis and target tracking systems; training for NQT’s ; Bespoke programme of high level coaching for middle leadership to drive a learning based approach;  and Intensive support for weaker members staff to raise standards of teaching and learning across the school.

What the school thought

Rachel Claire one of the schools assistant heads explained  “Working with The Sanctuary was a very positive and successful experience for all staff involved at Werneth Primary School. They worked with staff at all levels through whole staff training and working with focus groups of teachers. Through encouraging personal reflection staff were able to draw out what it is that makes them passionate about teaching and what their own beliefs are in terms of what we provide for our learners. Through whole staff training we worked together to share skills and knowledge and were able to challenge each other’s thinking in a supportive environment. As a result staff became able to support and coach each other with a willingness to share skills and develop each other as professionals.”

Coppice Primary Academy

Coppice Primary academy is a large school for pupils aged 3-11, located near to the center of Oldham, Coppice serves a varied local community. It is an improving school and has recently become part of the Focus education Trust. The newly appointed executive principle Lisa Needham has worked with The Sanctuary in the past.

How we supported the school…

As part of our bespoke programme development The Sanctuary designed a 3 day facilitated programme with the aim of introducing coaching to middle and senior leaders , and developing a coaching culture, which might  impact on the leadership and management of the school. As part of this programme, the staff looked at formal elements of coaching , as well as tools to handle conflict,  challenge others, and master courageous conversations.

What the school thought…

Foundation stage leader NicoIa Padley felt “The Sanctuary  training both enlightening and incredibly useful. She explains “  It has changed my mind set in many ways and has also impacted on my practice. People working within the team are now much more involved in decision making and self-management and also feel that sense of ownership and responsibility that comes with this.“

“ It  had an extremely positive impact on the way our team now runs. I feel I can provide challenge and support through the coaching I now do, making others think and analyse their own practice by asking the right question at the right time. Without the training that Huw did with us earlier this year I doubt I would ever have thought to act and react in the way I now do. It has made my team stronger. The impact of this has been immense.”

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