How We Work
The consortium’s role is to challenge and support schools in their work to improve educational outcomes.
The local authorities (through a Joint Committee attended by the Cabinet Member for education in each authority) agree the business plan including targets and budget for the region and hold the consortium to account for the impact of its work.
The Consortium is funded by the local authorities.
There are approximately 400 schools in the Central South Consortium region. These are the key to the future educational and economic success of Wales.
How well children and young people, particularly the most vulnerable, achieve in this region significantly influences how the country and its education system are perceived within our borders and beyond.
The Consortium’s business plan aims to:
- Develop a high-quality education profession
- Develop inspirational leaders and to facilitate working collaboratively to raise standards
- Develop strong and inclusive schools that are committed to wellbeing, excellence and wellbeing
- Develop robust assessment, evaluation and accountability processes supporting self-improving systems
- Provide professional learning opportunities to support the curriculum for Wales
- Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Central South Consortium.
To do this, the consortium:
- Provides a challenge adviser to each school in the region (with more time allocated to the schools most in need);
- Provides timely data analyses to support schools’ self evaluation and improvement planning (including school categorisation judgements);
- Supports and funds school-to-school improvement partnerships. These enable schools to share good practice and learn from each other to improve teaching and leadership practice and improve outcomes for learners;
- Works with the Welsh Government to deliver its priorities in the region;
- Allocates grant funding (e.g. the pupil development grant - PDG) to schools in the region along with guidance and advice on how grant funding can be used to drive improvement.