This indicator relates to the impact of the education service on staff, as well as their views of the quality of education within the council.
The extent to which staff:
- are motivated, committed, confident and valued
- improve their practice through training and development activities, including joint multi disciplinary training
- have positive experiences of the quality of corporate services and partner
- work effectively in teams, including multi disciplinary teams, to deliver well
Level of Performance = Good
Staff are highly motivated, meaningfully involved in the development of the service and professionally satisfied. The authority is developing a coherent programme to prepare staff for future leadership responsibilities by involvement in secondments, projects and programmes. They have good opportunities for career development and a clearly understood and accessible continuing professional development (CPD) programme.
Staff report positively about the quality of support provided by central services and external agencies. Staff are confident in their ability to carry out their duties and teamwork at all levels is effectiveand are appropriately deployed, engaged and valued across the authority.
They are actively involved in a range of cross-departmental working groups. They are regularly consulted by managers and their participation results in a perception of corporate ownership and a positive impact on the retention of staff. Staff have very low absence levels.
Staff interaction with children, young people, adult learners and families is very good and is based on an appropriate response to needs. Staff are enabled to deliver high-quality services, including learning and teaching, social, care and health-related aspects.
- HMIe inspection reports show high levels of satisfaction for staff support and development
- 100% participation rate for teaching staff in career review
- Very low grievance rate within the authority at all levels.
- Participation by a wide range of staff members in strategic groups, such as Learning and Teaching, ICT, Finance Advisory and Scrutiny demonstrates active engagement and involvement in policy development.
- High levels of voluntary participation in working groups considering such things as Early Learning, Curriculum for Excellence; ICT; principal teacher development.
- Very positive working relationships with teaching and support staff unions in LNCT and JCG.
- Active involvement by staff in the Exc-el development
- Achievement of the enhanced standard for IiP within Education Central Services
- Innovative conference for administrative staff
- Very low levels of staff absence with an improving trend
- Introduction of coaching programme for senior staff
- Very positive responses from staff for staff development opportunities
- Opportunity to influence policy through participation in the Exc-el initiative.
Areas for Improvement
- Further develop –multi-disciplinary training opportunities with a view to meeting the needs of all pupils – particularly the more vulnerable.
- Ensure the career review takes place for all members of staff
- Continue to develop the sense of corporate identity.