School Improvement Figures

How many school improvement officers did your authority employ in 2010/11? 

Four members of staff where the job title is School Improvement Officer.  There are other school improvement staff but their job titles are not school improvement officers, e.g. subject advisors, specialist advisors, quality and monitoring staff, data performance team.

How many local authority maintained schools were these officers responsible for at the start of that academic year?  Please provide a breakdown of the numbers of the type of school: eg primary, secondary, special, pupil referral unit.

Please see the table below – information provided is based on school census for autumn 2010:-

School phase No of LA Maintained schools as at time of school census (7th Oct 2010)
NurseryLA2
PrimaryLA313
SecondaryLA35
SpecialLA10
Hospital Short Stay SchoolLA1
Total 361

 This represents the total number of schools that were LA maintained at any time during the academic year as no LA Maintained schools converted prior to census day.

What was the Council budget for school improvement in 2010/11?

£2,334 million is the total amount for School Improvement Services.

What was the Council budget for primary school improvement in 2010/11?

Information not held.  School improvement budgets were not separated out in this way as officers covered both phases of education; both primary and secondary.

What was the Council budget for secondary school improvement in 2010/11?

Information not held.  School improvement budgets were not separated out in this way as officers covered both phases of education; both primary and secondary.

How many school improvement officers did your authority employ in 2016/17.

Four members of staff where the job title is School Improvement Officer.  There are other school improvement staff but their job titles are not school improvement officers, e.g. subject advisors, specialist advisors, quality and monitoring staff, data performance team.

How many local authority maintained schools were these officers responsible for in that academic year.  Please provide a breakdown of the numbers of type of school: primary, secondary, special, pupil referral unit.

School phase No of LA Maintained schools as at time of school census (6th Oct 2016)No of schools inc those that spent any part of academic year as LA Maintained *
NurseryLA22
PrimaryLA222226
SecondaryLA1414
SpecialLA1010
Hospital Short Stay SchoolLA11
Total 249253

* Four primary schools converted to Academies on 1 October 2016 and would therefore have been LA Maintained for some time before census date.  Note: School Improvement Officers also work with Academies (figures not included in the above) and Devon Schools Alliance.

What was the school’s budget for school improvement in 2016/17?  

 £1,330,000

What was the school’s budget for primary school improvement in 2016/17?

Information not held.  School improvement budgets are not separated out in this way as officers covered both phases of education; Primary and Secondary.

What was the school’s budget for secondary school improvement in 2016/17?

Information not held.  School improvement budgets are not separated out in this way as officers covered both phases of education; Primary and Secondary.

Does the council run school improvement services as a traded service for schools?

At the point the school improvement work was commissioned out, DCC ceased its traded school improvement work, however, our commissioned Joint Venture Partner (Babcock LDP) offers traded support to all schools. Details of this support are provided below.

If so, when did this start? 

When Local Management of Schools came into effect with the Education Reform Act of 1988 and then transferred as above.

How many schools does it provide a service to?

2016-2017 – 170 schools (including Federations and Multi-Academy Trusts).

What annual income did school improvement services bring in in 2016/17.

Babcock School improvement services had an income of £630,746 for their traded work.