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The Universal provision offer

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As a Local Authority we recognise that bringing certainty, consistency and collective experience where we can is particularly important.

We are committed to ensuring that the school improvement offer meets need and we recognise that these have and will continue to change as the current context demands. We want to ensure we take every opportunity to build on what we have learned through working together during the past two years.

From April 2023

Our statutory duties

 To improve transparency and bring further clarity about how we interpret our statutory duties and how we will provide support for all schools in the following year, we have updated our universal provision offer that applies to all schools in the borough whatever their designation. This is in line with the Council’s vision to ensure that every child has the best start in life.

The Southwark Education, Learning and Achievement- Local authority universal provision offer (pdf, 812kb)- comes into effect on 1st April 2023. To ensure ease of access we have created an accessible version of the Southwark Education, Learning and Achievement- Local authority universal provision offer (docx, 434kb).  

Our School Improvement Offer

Following Schools Forum decision (January 2023) to de-delegate funds for school improvement for all maintained primary schools, we are able to offer provision from the School Improvement Advisory Team that is above and beyond the statutory duties of the LA, for all maintained primary, special and nursery schools. Individual schools will have a bespoke offer for the year planned and agreed in collaboration with their named advisor.

Our brochure outlines the offer that is available and includes those available as traded service offers from other teams within the service, including Governor Services and HR. (pdf, 14.7mb)

For more information, questions or queries please contact the team at