Schools Partnership Agreement

Your school is a valued member of the community of the Diocese of Chelmsford. We belong together, rooted in our inclusive Christian identity.

Dioceses must provide all schools with some core services. In Chelmsford this includes statutory expectations and administration as well as basic support by Schools Advisers.

Our Partnership Agreement sets out your school’s contribution to the overall cost of providing your school with support from the Diocese together with a number of enhanced service entitlements.

Our Partnership Agreement is an important element in enabling us to support your school. A very large majority our Church Schools subscribe to it, recognising it plays a significant part in enabling our service to all schools to continue to the highest levels.

We are confident this agreement offers excellent value for money as well as expressing our commitment to each other within the family of church schools. Schools quickly recoup the annual subscription cost through the services they access through the year.


Summary of provision for 2021/22

We are fully committed to providing the best possible service to our schools.

All schools, partnership and non-partnership, are entitled to receive support, including telephone and email support, OFSTED support and SIAMS co-ordination, advice on funding, land and property.

However, we are aware that most schools require far more than these core services.

By joining our Partnership Agreement you will receive much greater support tailored to your specific needs, which far exceeds the cost of the Partnership Agreement.

In addition to many other benefits the Partnership Agreement provides four learning modules and a package of Adviser support equivalent to a full day of Adviser time. This time may be used flexibly in consultation with your Adviser, with the option of in person visits, online sessions, or shorter virtual touchpoints.

School Support
  Partnership Agreement Schools Core Provision for all schools
Adviser support.

A package of Adviser support equivalent to a full day of Adviser time. Support may include:

  • School improvement, including help with self-evaluation and data analysis.
  • Advice on leadership and management issues.
  • Meeting with SMT, leading a staff meeting or half-day training in school.
  • Triangulation of teaching and learning.
  • Meeting with a new incumbent and headteacher.
  • Working with pupils.
  • Meeting with RE or Worship Co-ordinators.
  • ‘Health Check’ e.g. looking at worship.
  • RE lesson observations.
  • Pupil perception survey.
  • INSET on RE and/or worship.
  • Christian Values, Church School distinctiveness etc.
One half-day of Adviser support per year for a meeting with the Headteacher.
  Additional support by Advisers will be charged per half-day at £150 + VAT.

Additional support by Advisers will be charged per half-day at £225 + VAT.

 

Learning and Development Programme
  Partnership Agreement Schools Core Provision for all schools
Learning and Development Programme.

Free learning sessions.

Four free learning modules.

Half-day courses are equivalent to one learning module.

Full-day courses are equivalent to two learning modules.
Free learning sessions.
Online courses. £30 + VAT per person. £30 + VAT per person.
In-person courses & events.

Half-day: £75 + VAT per person.

Full-day: £150 + VAT per person.

Half-day: £110 + VAT per person.

Full-day: £225 + VAT per person.

 

Admissions
  Partnership Agreement Schools Core Provision for all schools
Admission Policies. Bespoke advice and support. Participation in the annual admissions policy consultation.

 

Church School Inspection (SIAMS)
  Partnership Agreement Schools Core Provision for all schools
SIAMS pre- or post- inspection support. Included. £225 + VAT per half-day.

 

Buildings and Premises
  Partnership Agreement Schools Core Provision for all schools
School Building Projects (DFC). 1% of Project cost. 2% of Project cost.
VA School Capital Allocation Projects. 1% of Project cost. 2% of Project cost.

 

Mailings, bulletins and website access
  Partnership Agreement Schools Core Provision for all schools
Vacancy adverts as advised on website/ E-bulletins. Included. £50 + VAT per vacancy.

 

Governance
  Partnership Agreement Schools Core Provision for all schools
Governor Training: centrally organised training delivered by our Associate Consultants.

Use free Learning Modules.

Please see Learning and Development Programme section for details of costs if all four learning modules have been used for the academic year.
Please see Learning and Development Programme for details of costs.
Governor Training: Bespoke School Based training delivered by our Associate Consultants.

Use Adviser support time.

Additional support by Advisers will be charged per half-day at £150 + VAT.
£225 + VAT per half-day.
Additional Governor Support through our Associate Consultants.

Use Adviser support time.

Additional support by Advisers will be charged per half-day at £150 + VAT.
£225 + VAT per half-day.

 

Early Years
  Partnership Agreement Schools Core Provision for all schools
Visit to discuss the curriculum, starting up a new pre-school, daily running of a setting and could include getting ready for Ofsted.

Use Adviser support time.

Additional support by Advisers will be charged per half-day at £150 + VAT.
£225 + VAT per half-day.

Subscription costs for 2021/22

Your Partnership Agreement subscription is based on pupil numbers reported in your School Return. The charge is calculated on a per pupil basis, with minimum and maximum charges applied as follows:

  • Per pupil charge £2.90+VAT
  • Minimum charge £370+VAT
  • Maximum charge £850+VAT

How to subscribe

You do not need to do anything yet. We will send you an invoice at the beginning of September 2021 for the 2021-22 academic year.

Schools choosing not to partner with us

If you choose not to partner with us then please talk to us about this. Please bear in mind that if you decide not to partner with us then we will charge you for any service additional to the basic support we offer.