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Intensifying Support Programme (ISP)

Publication date:
Dec 2004
Deputy headteacher, Governor, Headteacher, National Strategies consultant, National Strategies strategy manager, Primary strategic lead, Strategy manager, Teacher
Continuing professional development (CPD), Data, Good practice, Guidance, Pupil tracking, School improvement, School improvement plans, Target Setting, Training, Preventing underachievement


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The Intensifying Support Programme (ISP) is a school improvement programme designed to raise standards and improve teaching and learning in the context of the school as a professional learning community. The programme was set up to work in partnership with the LEA advisers/inspectors and the school. It is based on the cycle of audit and setting targets, action and review.

Four key themes run through the programme. These are:

  • raising standards and accelerating progress
  • improving the quality of teaching and learning
  • improving the conditions for learning
  • developing the school as a professiona learning community.

This publication was developed from the pilot project, which was launched in summer 2002. The materials in this pack are those which were used in the pilot, with additional case studies illustrating the programme in action. Topics covered include:

  • The Intensifying Support Programme
    • The role of the ISP in the LA
    • The key themes of the ISP
    • The core ISP instruments
    • Sustaining the ISP
  • The ISP in action
    • Roles and responsibilities in the LA
    • Case studies exemplifying key themes of the ISP
  • The Professional Development Meetings (PDMs) in schools
    • Introducing the Intensifying Support Programme (ISP)
    • PDM 1: Introducing the ISP in school and setting curricular targets
    • PDM 2: Sharing objectives
    • PDM 3: Questioning
    • PDM 4: Modelling and demonstrating
    • PDM 5: Problem solving and investigating
    • PDM 6: Taking stock and evaluating progress

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