What is the Broadmeadows Schools Network?
The Broadmeadows Schools Network (BSN) has been formed to help improve student outcomes across Broadmeadows.
The BSN embraces and celebrates the diversity of both schools and individuals by promoting a culture of excellence and an ethos of sharing, cooperation and mutual support.
It will drive ongoing improvements to ensure that our community of learners acquire the appropriate skills and knowledge to significantly improve student outcomes, and have access to a broad range of successful pathways.
It aims to challenge and change perceptions of education in Broadmeadows by attracting and retaining the best performing teachers, and ensuring its schools collaborate to maintain the high standards they have achieved in recent years.
The BSN is currently deciding how that overarching governance structure will work, and will be responsible for implementing and managing the governance into the future.
What are the benefits of the BSN?
The BSN will facilitate the sharing of ideas and opportunities, enabling the Broadmeadows schools to draw on a wide range of thinking, resources and support. It will enable the development of community-wide school strategies and a deeper and more efficient exploration of current school issues.
It will help to build a sense of professional trust and connectedness between staff and school leaders of all Broadmeadows schools.
What are its top priorities?
The BSN is building a structure that will enable ongoing opportunities for collaboration between schools, such as the sharing of specialisations and facilities, and increased professional development opportunities.
The BSN priorities are to:
What else will the Network do?
The BSN will work together on common issues that affect schools in Broadmeadows. Having eight school leaders as part of the Network, this approach will help to reduce the resources that would otherwise be spent on these issues, such as labour, time and costs.
For example, the BSN is currently working with all schools on developing methods to increase and maintain attendance, and find different ways of engaging with families. The findings will be refined and shared with other schools.
What is the BSN currently working on?
The BSN is currently working to agree and implement the governance model; establish a BSN brand; and develop communication templates and materials for the Network. It is also working with schools to improve attendance and family engagement.
What will the governance structure look like?
The principals and school leaders of the eight BSN schools will drive the Network, seeking ideas and opportunities for partnership from the Advisory Board.
The Advisory Board will most likely be chaired by a Hume City Council representative, and will include:
Who is part of the Network?
The BSN will be driven by school leaders from eight Broadmeadows schools: Broadmeadows Primary School, Broadmeadows Valley Primary School, Meadows Primary School, Hume Central Secondary College, Hume Valley School, Broadmeadows Specialist Developmental School, Jacana School for Autism and Dallas Brooks Community School.
It will also include representatives of Hume City Council, school councillors, NGOs and local tertiary providers.
The involvement of non-school stakeholders builds opportunities for partnerships and extends the networks of the schools. It also builds goodwill in the community towards Broadmeadows schools; provides access to other expertise and ideas; and enables community connectedness, which is part of the BSN’s holistic approach to learning and collaboration.
What happens if a school leader leaves one of the schools?
The BSN is a form of succession planning. Any incoming school leader will be high performing, and be able to demonstrate an excellent understanding of good curriculum practice, vision and leadership. The new leader will be expected to bring fresh ideas to the BSN on how they intend to further enhance a school’s philosophy, learning outcomes and culture. There will be a strong expectation that any new school leader will remain closely involved with the BSN.