Robert Clack School

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DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT HAS transformed Robert Clack from one of the worst performing schools in the country in 1997 to one of the top 1% in 2008. The school, which serves Dagenham and Barking, where poverty and unemployment are high, is now an official high-performing specialist school recognised for its excellence in science, maths and ICT, and languages. Spirits are high at Robert Clack, which comes first out of all organisations in our list for Leadership, My Company and Personal Growth. It notches up 21 top positive scores in our questionnaire, proving that it's not just interested in the needs of its students. Employees think that the state school provides a great service and is run on strong principles, winning positive scores of 85% and 78% respectively in our survey. The work people do here is an important part of who they are (78%), there are plenty of opportunities for them to learn and grow (65%) and they wouldn't leave tomorrow even if they were offered another job (72%). Four members of staff are studying for further degrees partly funded by the school. Work is stimulating (77%) and employees believe they can make a difference in the school (78%) as well as a contribution to its success (79%). Head teacher Sir Paul Grant led the transformation of the school through a focus on values, praise and good behaviour. He is an inspiration to staff (73%) from senior managers, who truly live the values of the organisation (72%), to managers, who help staff fulfil their potential and motivate them to give their best every day (69% and 65%). Employees, who get a minimum of 30 days' holiday and up to 66 days, are happy with their pay and benefits (71%). The 271-strong workforce, almost 40% of whom earn £35,000 or more, think they are fairly paid relative to others in similar jobs in equivalent organisations (70%) and compared to others within the school (65%). They love working here (75%). www.robert-clack.bardaglea.org.uk

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85% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

Robert Clack has been judged as an outstanding school by Ofsted in the last 3 inspection reports. It serves a community characterised by extremely high levels of poverty; amongst the lowest wage level in London; the lowest level of qualifications amongst the adult population and high crime. Despite the considerable challenges that the catchment area provides, under the dynamic leadership of Sir Paul Grant the school has transformed itself from one of the worst performing schools in the country in 1997 to being inside the top 1% of schools nationally in 2008. Due to its transformation, the school has aquired a local, national and international reputation for excellence in all areas. The school is now an official High Performing Specialist School and has, unusually, applied for and been granted three separate curriculum specialist areas of excellence: Science, Maths & ICT and finally Languages. The school is also visited by numerous guests throughout the academic year eager to see the leadership and management strategies that have made the school such an enormous success.

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84% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

As a maintained school, every full time colleague must fulfil 195 days in work every year of which 5 days are designated training days. On these days, all maintained schools may close to offer whole staff training on certain whole school themes. Employees are also given the opportunity to attend professional development activities arranged by external private providers. During the course of 2008-2009, a total of 402 full days were spent attending external CPD events. Colleagues may also seek to gain further professional accreditation; this may be professional qualifications which will enable colleagues to gain promotion. One senior leader has gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) which enables people to become Headteachers whilst other colleagues have gained the similar qualification aimed at middle leaders (Leading from the Middle). Another person is in the process of conducting research into an area of teaching and learning which will allow him to visit an international destination (Australia) in order to see best practice in action. Other staff have gained financial support from the school to further their academic study e.g. through studying a MA in Education Leadership.

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82% of staff agreed

My work is stimulating

As a maintained school, every full time colleague must fulfil 195 days in work every year of which 5 days are designated training days. On these days, all maintained schools may close to offer whole staff training on certain whole school themes. Employees are also given the opportunity to attend professional development activities arranged by external private providers. During the course of 2008-2009, a total of 402 full days were spent attending external CPD events. Colleagues may also seek to gain further professional accreditation; this may be professional qualifications which will enable colleagues to gain promotion. One senior leader has gained the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) which enables people to become Headteachers whilst other colleagues have gained the similar qualification aimed at middle leaders (Leading from the Middle). Another person is in the process of conducting research into an area of teaching and learning which will allow him to visit an international destination (Australia) in order to see best practice in action. Other staff have gained financial support from the school to further their academic study e.g. through studying a MA in Education Leadership.

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