About the School Improvement Offer

Based on provisional data, 192 schools in the South West may be eligible for support. Following validation of primary and secondary data in December and January, eligible schools will be confirmed by the DfE, and the TSC will then lead on matching schools with a suitable NLE who can support them in school improvement planning. The TSC will be working closely with both schools and NLEs to ensure that the best matches are made so that deployments are targeted, impactful and supportive.

For the academic year 2018/19, the existing floor and coasting standards will remain in place but will be calculated solely for DfE to identify schools which might benefit from support. This will be a two tiered offer of support and the eligibility criteria for support is outlined below: The Department for Education recently announced the details of the interim school improvement offer for 2018 - 2019.

 Tier Eligibility Offer

Below floor or coasting and not judged as inadequate.


Judged as requires improvement in the most recent Ofsted inspection if floor or coasting standards do not apply (special schools, AP, PRU etc.)

Free schools (including studio schools and UTCs) judged as requires improvement in most recent Ofsted inspection

 Up to 3 days action planning support from a designated NLE.

Below floor or coasting, in addition, judged as requires improvement in previous two Ofsted inspections.


Judged as requires improvement in previous two Ofsted inspections if floor or coasting standards do not apply (special schools, AP, PRU etc.)

Free schools (including studio schools and UTCs) judged as requires improvement in most recent Ofsted inspection

A more intensive offer of support worth up to £16,000. Funding will go to the provider/NLE rather than the schools themselves.

You can find more details about the offer here


Tony Bloxham (TSC SW National Council Representative) 
Chrysta Garnett (TSC SW Strategy Lead) 
Kelly Broome (TSC Central Administrator)

Regional Teaching School Link coordinators will be playing a key role in the brokering and commissioning of support into eligible schools and will be contacting NLEs and schools in the coming weeks to begin this process.

Regional Teaching School Links

Sub-Region A: Somerset, Bristol, Bath, NE Somerset and South Gloucestershire – Sian Kinder  
Sub-Region B:Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire – James Passmore                                          
Sub-Region C: Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole – Fritz Penn-Barwell                                          
Sub-Region D: Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Plymouth and Torbay – Teresa Lawrance  

All these TSC roles are part-time and are funded through the Regional Delivery Grant.

TSC Events and CPD

It is our belief that our designated System Leaders should have an annual training entitlement so that we continue to invest and build capacity as well as develop specific expertise aligned to key SW school improvement issues.  Furthermore, in order to support the next generation of System Leaders in the SW, access will be given to new and emerging leadership talent.

We will hold a SW System Leader Event which will set out the plan, strategy and regional training entitlement.  A central focus this year will be to detail how the 18/19 School Improvement Offer will work in practice in the SW and to signpost NLEs to resources and training to support them in this work.

In order to make the training entitlement accessible,where possible, it will be delivered in each of the TSC Sub Regions.  Core elements of the training entitlement for NLEs and NLGs this year are likely to include:

●        How you conduct an effective school visit. Modelling highly effective support
●        Training to support Pupil Premium Reviews
●        Training to support SEND Reviews
●        Training to support the leadership of Maths
●        Training for Local Leaders of Governance.
●        Further recruitment and training for Maths SLEs.