The Central South Wales Challenge (CSWC) is a partnership of all schools in the region working together to develop a self-improving system which based on improvement being driven for schools by schools.
As the professional learning model for the region it provides the structures for schools to engage in school led professional learning including collaborative joint practice development and enquiry. It is made up of five component parts:
- Schools Improvement Groups (SIGs) where convenors act as the professional learning lead and facilitate enquiry led joint practice development in a cross LA network;
- Clusters as local network of schools provided with funding to focus on local and national professional learning priorities;
- School to school partnerships focussed on specific development areas where a need is identified;
- Peer engagement where leaders provide evaluative support; and
- Hubs and Lead Practitioners that offer professional learning opportunities on behalf of the region.
Professional learning is an integral part of school improvement; schools are able to access the most appropriate source of support for themselves or this is signposted or brokered by challenge advisers.