The IMB meets formally every 3 weeks and members visit the academy every week to provide challenge and support to academy leaders. The focus of the work of the IMB work is to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the academy improvement plan which addresses the weaknesses identified in the Ofsted inspection report.
The IMB is comprised of a team of professionals with extensive experience in education, school improvement and children’s social care, each of whom has a designated area of responsibility.
The IMB will ensure that the action plan for the school is being implemented and will advise on the development and review of the plan, focusing initially on the 8 Areas for Improvement identified in the inspection report. It will also, over time, ensure that the school is meeting the expectations of the full Ofsted Inspection Framework in readiness for its next section 5 inspection.
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction by:
Acting as a critical friend to senior leaders and holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students by:
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent:
The IMB will further fulfil its duties to the above stakeholders by:
If parents/carers wish to contact the Interim Management Board, please route any enquiry or written correspondence (addressed private and confidential) to Mrs F. O’Sullivan, Chair of Interim Management Board, via the academy. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiona O’Sullivan has 20 years’ experience as a senior leader in secondary schools, a sixth form college and a school improvement service across four Greater Manchester authorities. Until 2018 she was Principal of Oasis Academy Media CityUK and led it from special measures to achieve a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating within two years. She now holds positions as school improvement advisor and professional chair of governors for two other large multi academy trusts.
Phil Beswick was the Director of Education for Stockport until his retirement in 2018. Prior to this he had a successful career both as a headteacher and a school improvement officer. He was Head of School Improvement for Stockport before he became the Director of Education. He has worked on many national education projects and currently sits on the Greater Manchester Education and Employability Board.
Alan Braven is the Executive Headteacher of the Endeavour Federation which provides education for young people with social, emotional and mental health needs. He has over 25 years’ experience of school leadership both in special and mainstream schools.
Elaine Morrison is Manchester City Council’s Strategic Lead for Post-16 and Skills. Elaine started her career as a teacher and youth worker in Leicester before moving to Manchester to lead the NHS Healthy Schools Programme. She has subsequently worked for Manchester City Council Children’s Services for over twenty years in a variety of roles, including PSHE and Citizenship Advisor, Director of the Children’s Fund, Head of Youth Strategy, Virtual Head Teacher. Elaine has also more than twenty-five years’ experience as a school governor.
Michelle Bernisconi is a qualified registered children’s social worker holding a Dip SW and a BSc Hons (social work). Michelle has been practising social worker for over 20 years. During this time Michelle has worked in a variety of settings including children and families, youth offending and a specialist exploitation team. Currently Michelle is a service lead for Manchester city council children’s services. Michelle currently manages the advice and guidance and duty social work services across central Manchester. Michelle has strategic responsibility for the social work services provided to children and families from the point of referral through to assessment. As the strategic lead for migrant children Michelle is responsible for the citywide Migrant children’s team and Co-chairs the Vulnerable Migrant children’s regional meeting, along with sitting on the national working group. Michelle is currently leading the social work response to childhood obesity in the city of Manchester and has other citywide and localised lead areas of responsibilities of modern day slavery, edge of care and youth violence interventions.