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The Universal provision offer

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As a Local Authority we recognise that bringing certainty, consistency and collective experience where we can is particularly important not only now but also for the future as we emerge out of this crisis. We are committed to ensuring that the school improvement offer meets need and we recognise that these have and will continue to change as a result of the pandemic. We also recognise that the onset of COVID 19 has highlighted the necessity to work together and bring about change for the better which you tell us has been welcome. We want to ensure we take every opportunity to build this is a way that benefits our children and young people.

From April 2021

Our statutory duties

To improve transparency and bring further clarity about how we interpret our statutory duties and how we will provide support for all schools in the following year, we recently updated our universal provision offer that applies to all schools in the borough whatever their designation. This is in line with the Council’s vision to ensure that every child has the best start in life. We updated the document following a consultation and we would like to thank those schools that took time to respond to our request for comments.   

The Southwark Education, Learning and Achievement- Local authority universal provision offer - April 2021 (pdf, 726kb)- comes into effect on 1st April 2021. To ensure ease of access we have created an accessible version of the Southwark Education, Learning and Achievement- Local authority universal provision offer- April 2021 (docx, 618kb).  

Our School Improvment Offer

Following Schools Forum decision  (January 2021) to de-delegate funds for school improvement for all maintained primary schools, we are now able to offer provision from the School Improvment Advisory Team that is above and beyond the statutory duties of the LA, for all maintained primary, special and nursery schools without the need for a traded offer or service level agreement.

The School Improvement Offer from the Advisory Team brings all of the benefits of the previous traded offer alongside a renewed focus on a systems led partnership approach. Individual schools will have a bespoke offer for the year planned and agreed in collaboration with their named advisor.

Academy schools are invited to go beyond the universal offer and to join the family of schools in Southwark by investing in the School Improvement Offer from the Advisory Team.

Our brochure outlines the offer that is available and includes those available as traded service offers from other teams within the service, including Governor Services and HR. (pdf, 14.7mb)

For more information, questions or queries please contact the team at