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Support and Categorisation


The ERW Ladder of Support is well established across the region, and the guidance document has been refined annually to reflect national and local priorities and expectations.

This document will set out the arrangements for:

* the categorisation of Schools following the national categorisation system and identifying their support category;

* identifying and brokering the appropriate support, challenge and intervention to schools and between schools according to need and entitlement;

* thematic and targeted core visits for 2016 – 2017;

The agreed support available to all schools can be seen here.


National Categorisation

The scope and level of support and intervention for each school is determined by the National School Improvement and Categorisation System.

In order to drive improvement for learners, and to recognise the schools which raise standards and those who do not quickly and consistently, key representatives of WG and regional consortia have co- refined the categorisation model.

During the Autumn Core Visit, each school in ERW will be engaged in a dialogue with the Challenge Adviser to come to an agreed judgement on capacity to improve (letter) and a support category (colour). This will be combined with the judgement on standards (number) produced centrally by WG.

The current system guidelines and details can be found at the end of the Ladder of Support document.

Local Authorites Swansea-Abertawe Neath Port Talbot - Castell Nedd Port-Talbot Ceredigion Carmarthenshire - Sir Gaerfyrddin Pembrokeshire-Sir Benfro Powys

ERW is an alliance of 6 local authorities governed by a legally constituted joint committee. Its aim is to implement the agreed regional strategy and business plan to support school improvement.