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School Improvement Partners (SIPs) e-newsletter: Autumn 2009

Secondary: The role of the SIP in specialist school re-designation

The recent 21st century White Paper sets out a number of specific proposals aimed at enhancing the specialist schools programme.  It makes clear the commitment to introduce more rigorous arrangements for the designation and re-designation of specialist schools (section 4.36). In the future School Improvement Partners (SIPs) will be solely responsible for decisions about schools' specialist status and taking account of their performance, including their work with partner schools.

In order to clarify the new procedures for SIPs (due to come into effect in early 2010) a series of conferences will take place in November and December of this year. SIPs deployed to schools due for re-designation in 2010 will be invited to attend these events – if you think that this applies to you please make a note of the most suitable date and venue. Arrangements for the training of SIPs to schools re-designating next year or the year after will be announced in due course.

Specialist School Re-Designation Conferences for SIPs

  • Manchester – North – The Midland Hotel – 24 November 2009
  • London – South – Prospero House – 26 November 2009 
  • Manchester – North – The Renaissance – 9 December 2009 
  • London – South – Dexter House – 10 December 2009

If you have any specific questions about the new proposals please e-mail: specialist.schools@dcsf.gsi.gov.uk

Powerful Questions

  • How do you think the proposals in the White Paper will affect your attached schools?
  • Do you have any schools due for re-designation in 2010?
  • If so, have you marked a date in your diary with an appropriate conference from the above list?