School Performance Alliance for Richmond and Kingston (SPARK)
SPARK is the School Performance Alliance for Richmond and Kingston. Our key aims are to:
- Encourage and challenge all schools to become sustainably Ofsted-graded ‘good’ or better and to strive to be ‘outstanding’; whilst providing a network that supports and protects schools that find themselves in challenging circumstances;
- Aid all schools to continually improve provision and raise standards; narrowing gaps in attainment between groups of children and young people;
- Cultivate a professional development framework jointly with our Teaching School Alliances that actively facilitates school led improvement.
Our School Improvement Strategy explains in detail how we aim to achieve this or you can look at our flowchart to see how we support schools with different levels of need. We are governed by a group of elected headteachers in the School Improvement Strategy Group (SISG) and they shape our approach, holding us to account for high quality professional development and maintaining strong academic outcomes.
Over the 2016-17 academic year 93 schools in Kingston and Richmond (85%) purchased the full package of SPARK support, and a further 10 schools (9%) opting for just the Governor strand. Our annual survey of feedback from schools gives more information about our impact.
We have a fantastic team of Advisers who work with schools in a variety of ways. Our offer for schools in the 2017-18 academic year includes:
- A School Improvement Partner (SIP) package
- A Governor support package
- A Networks and FFT package
- 20 credits for bespoke in-school support and development for individuals, teams or the whole staff
Schools can either purchase one or two strands of the whole package. In addition our team of SIPs and Advisers are available for one off pieces of work, diaries permitting. If you would like more information about SPARK and what we can offer, please contact Rosemary Hafeez, Associate Director, School Standards and Performance.