Hub schools launched across South Wales
Published 28 January 2015
Fifteen schools from across South Wales, including six from the Vale of Glamorgan, have been chosen by the Central South Consortium to offer school improvement programmes from January.
The schools are named Olevi Hubs, which have been accredited by leading training firm Olevi International, Improving Learning Hubs, or Specialist Schools. These schools will be drawing upon their skills and experience to construct support programmes which can be accessed by the 408 schools across central South Wales.
And today the Olevi Hubs, Improving Learning Hubs and Specialist Schools will be launched at Cardiff High School, itself named as an Olevi Hub.
During the launch head teachers from across the region will be able to participate in a ‘speed-dating’ session with the 15 accredited schools and sign up for support on the day.
Facilitated by teachers who have been identified as outstanding practitioners in their field, the programmes will build upon the work of the Central South Wales Challenge by ensuring that the sharing of good practice sits at the heart of every support programme available.
The Olevi Hub schools will offer the highly acclaimed Outstanding and Improving Teacher Programmes, as well as all other in-house and specialised curriculum support, the Improving Learning Hubs will offer a range of training opportunities devised in-house, and the Specialist Schools will provide specialist support for specific curriculum areas.
Designed and delivered by schools, the support available has been proven to be a sustainable and effective method for school improvement.
Longer term the schools plan to expand the involvement of more schools sharing and developing recognised sector leading best practice individually or in partnership organised through the hub schools.
Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “What has been established today is a network through which some of the best schools in Wales can share the knowledge and expertise that have brought them success. This is a wonderful opportunity for schools within the Vale to benefit from the knowledge of colleagues across South Wales. The region has some of the best practitioners not just in the UK but worldwide and by working together we can deliver even better outcomes for Vale pupils.”
Dr Jude Brigley, Strategic Lead for Learning and Teaching at the Central South Consortium, said: “The launch of the OLEVI Hubs, Hubs and Specialist Centres is an extremely exciting time for education in Central South Wales. Today, for the first time in the region, we see schools offering other schools an accredited catalogue of support based upon their own outstanding practice and knowledge. There is no better way to improve than by engaging with a colleague or school in your region that has successfully achieved and is continuing to achieve, what your school needs. For example, to see a school with an outstanding maths department sharing their techniques, tips and strategies, as well as how it can be adapted to work in your own school is extremely inspiring. The demand for support from the hubs and specialist centres has been overwhelming, and we may already be looking for additional schools to join the network. We are delighted that the schools in Central South have so fully embraced the Central South Wales Challenge, and today’s launch is a further step towards a fully engaged self-improving system for the region.