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About Us Godalming Confederation Achieving More Together

We are 16 schools and 3 children’s centres working together for the past decade to improve children’s educational outcomes in the Godalming area. We focus on improving our schools through:

The Confederation works to keep improving teaching quality and drive up standards in all our schools by:

We run one joint INSET day a year with time for training input and schools to agree how they will modify their practice as a result of the input. A follow-up twilight session sees staff meeting again to share the impact that their changes have made to children's learning. In addition, we agree 2 further common INSET dates each year; these can also be used for collaborative work.

Professional development

We help to drive up standards with our Improvement through Peer Review (IPR) programme. Schools are grouped into 3s or 4s to undertake an investigation of an aspect of teaching and learning in each of their schools. It follows a simple pattern:

Peer review and challenge

Of fundamental importance to our worth as a partnership, the sharing of best practice is achieved in a variety of ways.

Sharing best practice

The longest running initiative we have is that of our sports curriculum enhancement programme. We have progressed from encouraging schools to compete in competitive or friendly matches of the usual primary phase sports to funding our very own Sports Coordinators from our Secondary schools (SSCOs).

Our SSCOs plan an annual calendar of varied sporting events including opportunities to try out completely new sports. Each event is open to all schools and the Secondaries can often help with transportation to the venues. Their students help run the events and gain invaluable experience as part of the Sports Leaders programme.

We aim for a balance of non-competitive ‘Festivals’ and competitions, using the skills of our SSCos to encourage those children not normally keen to take part in sports events. Our primary phase children benefit in so many ways from these sporting enhancements, not least because they become accustomed to the larger schools that they will almost all be moving on to at the end of Key Stage 2.  

In addition to sports and dance, we collaborate in providing opportunities to extend learning for our higher level learners across all schools in maths, writing and reading.

Enhanced curriculum