School to School Support & Improvement

School Improvement Offer 2019-20

A new School Improvement Offer for 2019-20 has been announced by the DFE which builds on the SI Offer 2018-19.

The model has been changed slightly in this round. Eligibility criteria are based around Ofsted grading with all school rated RI being eligible for support.

Eligible schools will be offered support from an NLE who will undertake support work with the school as follows:
Tier 1 – schools that are RI – are eligible for 3 days NLE support
Tier 2 – schools that are 2*RI – are eligible for 3 days support and £16,000 to fund a programme of support work
Tier 3 – schools that have been RI for 10 years+ – are eligible for 3 days support and £24,000 to fund a programme of support work

During the course of the academic year schools that are newly rated RI will become eligible for support. Schools can also move up to Tier 2 or Tier 3 if their circumstances change mid-year.

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