Education Improvement Service

The Education Improvement Service delivers the council’s statutory duties in relation to school improvement, attendance, admissions, virtual school for Children Looked After, and advice and guidance to schools in relation to safeguarding children.

There are a number of teams within the service. The Education Improvement Team provides strategic leadership to the school system and consists of officers with significant experience of senior leadership in schools. This includes strengthening school leadership and governance, developing and aligning local educational policy to national policy developments, and delivering our statutory duties in relation to schools causing concern. The school admissions, attendance, and safeguarding teams provide specialist advice to schools and broader stakeholders within their area of expertise.

The team provides a wide range of services to schools including:

  • Advice, guidance and support for all aspects of school improvement
  • Targeted Local Authority reviews to quality assure provision and identify priorities
  • Pre and post Ofsted support including support for action planning and monitoring visits
  • Professional development and support for leadership and governance
  • Brokering school-to-school support for those schools in categories of concern
  • Specific programmes for recently appointed and acting headteachers and Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Support for the recruitment of headteachers
  • Coordinate school admissions for primary and secondary school places including appeals representation for community schools and the Fair Access Protocol
  • Collating data and advising on the school exclusion process
  • Provide advice and guidance to schools in relation to school safeguarding
  • Virtual school takes the lead role in promoting educational attainment and progress for all Knowsley Children Looked After
  • Fulfilling the statutory responsibilities regarding school attendance enforcement and children missing education
  • Monitoring of Elective Home Education to ensure suitability

Contact details

Nadine Carroll Head of Education [email protected]
Michael Wharton Head of Service for Inclusion and SEND [email protected]
Joanne Knight Education Improvement Officer-SEND
Education Improvement and Inclusion
[email protected]
Penny France Education Improvement Officer, Education Improvement [email protected]
Karen Austin- Smith Education Improvement Officer, Education Improvement [email protected] 
Katy Race Education Improvement Officer, Education Improvement [email protected]
Education Improvement Enquiries   0151 443 3234
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