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Supporting schools to achieve strong results

Improving education and helping to transform public services


Barking and Dagenham School Improvement Partnership

BDSIP provides a range of professional support services to schools and other educational organisations across London and beyond. Our services span school improvement and curriculum support, attendance, inclusion and SEND, careers and work experience, governor services, NQT support, ICT, and continuing professional development.

You’ll find key information about us here, and you can download our service offer here.  If you’d like to contact us about anything else, you can do so here.

Customer focussed


  • We deliver what we say we will, when we say we will
  • Services are tailored to meet the needs of your school
  • We communicate clearly at all times
  • We are accessible and respond to email and phone calls within one working day.

Quality services


  • Services are clearly defined, are accessible, and are presented and delivered to consistently high standards
  • Pricing is clear, transparent and delivers excellent value for money
  • We continuously evaluate and improve services
  • We will write-up key visits within 5 working days.

Excellent people


  • Bring credibility and expertise
  • Are appropriately supportive and challenging
  • Are ambassadors for BDSIP, our schools and our young people
  • Recognise that the details matter
  • Treat everyone with respect at all times.

Our Service Offer Includes:

“I just want to say how impressed I’ve been with the School Improvement Service this year.  We’ve been able to access a wide range of support and training and the quality has been very high. Throughout the inspection constant reference was made to the positive impact of external support on the school.”

Richard Paul, Headteacher, Greatfields School

“As a new Headteacher, I have found the support from BDSIP invaluable in identifying additional areas of school development, providing a sounding board for new ideas and providing me with confidence in the actions I have taken and plan to take in the future. I have been impressed at the calibre and speed of responses to emails, written reports being provided and the thoroughness of all visits. In particular, when challenging situations arose, the support of BDSIP ensured I was supported and enabled me to take effective and suitable action.”

David Huntingford, Headteacher, St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School

“The training has been invaluable to equip teachers with the skills to plan inspiring units of work which develop children’s skills in reading and writing as well as allowing them time to question and explore texts.
Nicola has always shown a good understanding of our school and areas that we have identified for improvement. This has ensured the implementation of any changes has been smooth and well received by all staff.”

Joanne Wright-Talaie, English Lead, St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

“I have just started a working partnership with our Inclusion Adviser but have been so grateful for her support and quick responses to school needs and follow up. We are still early in our SEND journey as a fairly new primary school. Together we have been able to map out stage two provision across the school. Our next steps are to provide structured training to staff linked to our priorities. Our Adviser has brought experience and knowledge which has supported building our network with a range of specialists and linked us to schools at similar stages or slightly ahead of us to help strengthen our provision. I look forward to growing the partnership over the coming months.”

Rachel Hanna, Primary SENCO, Eastbury Community School

“I would just like to thank you and Paul again, you were both excellent. In addition to the very positive evaluation, there have been several members of staff that have mentioned the impact it has had on them both professionally and personally. I definitely think that many schools would really benefit from having a similar session.”

Matt Murphy, Headteacher, Henry Green School

“Our Attendance Adviser has supported the school to improve our overall attendance over the last year as well as reducing our persistent absentee figure considerably. We have particularly valued the work around families of persistent absentees and the supportive strategies she uses with sometimes ‘hard to reach’ families. She has carried out home visits, come along to school attendance panel meetings with school staff, and met regularly with the school attendance lead to look at actions taken and the impact they’ve had on pupil attendance. Her links with other agencies have also helped us to quickly track down possible children missing education (CME).”

Nina Rajan-Weare, Assistant Headteacher, John Perry Primary School

“Very good presenter; engaging and interesting ideas. Best conference/inset I have been to in the last ten years – well done”

Paul Besgrove, Maths teacher, Hall Mead School

“I have gained a great amount of knowledge from all sessions, with resources and ideas that I can take back and use in my class. All facilitators were passionate and knowledgeable, and I’ve found the support I’ve received from dedicated staff throughout the year hugely beneficial.”

Newly qualified teacher, 2018–19 NQT Programme

“The location and timings were ideal… It was great that the speakers brought with them some props for the children to hold. Feedback from the children reflected this…They were really engaged with the speakers, who came across as passionate about their careers.
Feedback from the children was all positive. Many children saying to me, “I could do that” or “I want to be a choreographer”. They found it particularly interesting that many jobs were not 9 to 5. They spoke to me about the fact the people travel with their jobs. I think overall the children were interested and inspired by the speakers.”

C Barnes, Teacher, Five Elms Primary School

“Many thanks for involving us – it was great to be part of this and to see all the kids so excited.”

Iria Pizania, Equal Access Network Coordinator, Film London

“Aimhigher has provided Jo Richardson Community School with a variety of high-quality support ranging from sessions for Year 13s aiming for Oxbridge to Year 9 one-to-one Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) meetings. Pathways and Professions workshops for students have inspired and informed many students as they explore their aspirations. Our assigned Careers Adviser goes the extra mile in supporting individual students in their research.”

Mrs M Wren, Director of Sixth Form, The Jo Richardson Community School

“This has really opened my eyes to the range of possibilities I have at my age and how to keep my options open as wide as possible.”

Year 9 student, STEM Professions morning

“All Saints Catholic School is extremely grateful for the support the Aimhigher and Careers Service provide for us. Every student receives individual information, advice and guidance as well as a wealth of opportunities to experience and learn more about the world of work. Pathway talks and professional workshops expose students to careers they may not have heard of and inspire them to be the best they can be. Our Careers Adviser helps the students with every step of decision-making, providing the personal one-to-one support they need.”

Nicola Thompson, Deputy Headteacher, All Saints Catholic School

“I really enjoyed my work experience and would love to do this in the future. I gained vital employability skills such as communication, team leading and perseverance. It has given me a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses and I feel more confident in handling new situations.”

Year 10 student, Eastbury Community School

“The feedback on Trident work experience has indeed been excellent and thanks once again to all your colleagues for their help and support in making this such a success. The evaluations are a real pleasure to read.”

John Hamill, Careers Lead, Robert Clack School

“At Monteagle we have been striving to improve the delivery of the Computing Curriculum to our pupils. The BDSIP service has been fundamental in providing training and support to teachers to ensure that every teacher is a confident and competent programmer. This has resulted in increased confidence when planning and teaching computing, leading to good quality learning and outcomes for the pupils. As well as running CPD sessions for staff our teachers have also benefitted from having additional support via email with issues that have arisen. Gillian has gone above and beyond to support teaching and learning at our school.”

April Gray, Leader of Learning for Computing, Monteagle Primary School

“The data support we receive from BDSIP via Gillian Bratley is outstanding – she is always available to solve problems and help us with development by listening carefully to our needs and aspirations. Support goes beyond reasonable expectations and is tailored to our requirements, which means that we can work strategically and efficiently on the outcomes and needs of our pupils. Working with Gillian is always rewarding and enjoyable.”

Richard Gough, Deputy Headteacher, Leys Primary School

“The support we have received has been excellent. There has been a lot of confusion and worry around the GDPR and the team has provided clear and straightforward information and advice which has been very effective in allaying our issues and ensuring we have a structured pathway to compliance with the new laws. The staff training has also been excellent; presented in a clear, concise, easy to digest way. This has provided clarity to staff as there has been a lot of misinformation around GDPR, particularly in the press. Overall, we are very happy with the service and would highly recommend the support to other schools.”

Paul Leake, Head of Operations, Barking Abbey School

“I have benefited enormously from the Data management team. They are always there to help with their knowledge and expertise and if ever I ask a question that cannot be answered they will always investigate to find the answer for me..Lina and Hansa are extremely helpful with any queries I may have during census time and throughout the year.”

Sarah Jennings, Data Manager, Eastbrook School

“The service provides knowledgeable and reliable advice based on many years’ experience in school governance. Always accessible, queries are answered quickly and efficiently with appropriate sign posting for further information if required. It’s reassuring that help is only a phone call or email away and that you will get a quick response!

Expert clerking has enabled us to run more effective and efficient meetings. Professional minutes provide good evidence of our governing body holding school leadership to account, fulfilling statutory duties and meeting requirements of external bodies, e.g. School Quality Mark Assessors, School Auditors.”

Sue Matthews, Chair of Governors, Dorothy Barley Infant School

“The service I have received has been really good, especially the clerking services, whereby my clerk has a fantastic knowledge of her area and is a pure asset to me as Chair of Governors, money well spent.”

Lee Watson, Chair of Governors, Thomas Arnold Primary School

“I have found the Governors’ Training provided by BDSIP and especially the trainer, Richard, really inspiring, motivating and informative. The training sessions have been planned so that they are not too long and are information packed and to the point. The trainer has been able to draw on their own experiences of being a headteacher to make the training very live and relevant. I have even gone back to my own governing body to recommend the training and request everyone attend, even those governors that have been governors for many years.”

Sarfraz Akram, Parent Governor, Eastbury Community School

“New governors and new chairs are particularly well supported through a range of training, advice and guidance. Training opportunities enable all governors, experienced and less experienced, to develop their skills, keep abreast of new developments and network with other governors, which is really important in an ever-changing educational climate. It’s always good to share!”

Sue Matthews, Chair of Governors, Dorothy Barley Infant School

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