School to School Support & Improvement

A new school improvement offer for 2018-19 has been announced by the DFE and, as usual, the deadlines are going to come up extremely quickly.

The model has been changed slightly in this round. Both floor and coasting standards and the most recent data will be used to identify schools that need help and the implication is that schools will receive support initially – rather than find themselves on the road to Academy conversion. Identified schools will receive support from a designated NLE who will be involved in bidding for school improvement resources along with the school leadership. A subset of schools, judged as Requires Improvement in the last two inspections will automatically be able to access up to £16,000 in order to fund that intervention.

As previously announced, the coasting measure will not be used as a starting point for formal intervention. The programme of support is expected to start from January 2019 which does not leave long for contacts to be made with local authorities and academy trusts although it should be possible for these to identify schools at risk now.

There are going to be to NLE briefings to discuss the new role and it is a requirement that NLEs will need to have attended a briefing in order to deliver the offer.

Briefing events were scheduled for November 29 2018 in London and January 14 2019 in Leeds starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm. Further details will be sent to those signed up as well as a survey to identify capacity for the remainder of the academic year.

You can find further details here. Respond to these invitations as soon as possible and if you are an NLE and have not received  an invitation, please contact

East of England and North East London Pupil Premium Hubs

Pupil Premium Hubs have been established with the purpose of brokering Pupil Premium reviews and implementing a quality assurance process. Within the East of England and North East London, there are two hubs to the north and south of the region: one based at Norfolk Teaching and Leadership Excellence Centre in Norwich and one led by the Thurrock Teaching School Alliance based at William Edwards School in Grays.

Pupil Premium Reviewer training continues to be offered across the region by the Thurrock Teaching School Alliance, continuing from its previous role as Pupil Premium Champion for the East of England. System Leaders wishing to undertake external reviews are encouraged to attend, and further information can be found at The hubs welcome contact from teaching schools or schools wishing to share good and innovative practice.

The TSC’s updated Guide to Pupil Premium Reviews was published earlier this year, having been developed in partnership with TSAs, the DfE and EEF. The guide offers a framework which reviewers and supported schools can use to make the most of a pupil premium review. It sets out a simple, four step process for a review, including self-evaluation by the supported school and the creation of an action plan for the school.  The guide should be used as a starting point for schools, in combination with liaison with one of the hubs. You can find a copy here.

Schools seeking a review or looking for support around the Pupil Premium grant can contact coordinators using the details below:

Norfolk Teaching and Leadership Excellence Centre
Lisa Clark-

Thurrock Teaching School Alliance
Maria Stevens – 01375 486 000

School to School Support Directory Is Now Closed

The current school-to-school support directory, which contains details of all teaching schools and system leaders has been withdrawn and the DFE is exploring new ways to share teaching schools and system leader data with schools who are looking for support. Although it is anticipated that a new directory or equivalent will be developed, in the short term, the DFE will upload a spreadsheet each month that contains the same basic details as are currently available on the directory.