About the School Improvement Offer

Update - 15th September 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the DfE is unable to provide any face-face NLE training for the year ahead. As an alternative they have put together a support package of materials, videos, webinars, guidance and links to a range of resources to assist you when supporting schools over this academic year, particularly in relation to the impact of COVID-19.  They have included contributions from Oak National Academy, Education Endowment Fund and National Centre for the Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics. These materials can also be shared directly with school leaders when providing support.

 Please also find attached the Behaviour Audit Tool. This tool is designed to support system leaders and school leaders to work in partnership to undertake a school level assessment of behaviour culture, to recognise good practice and to identify those areas which need further attention. This tool can be used if the school you are working with are facing challenges with behaviour. Referrals to the Behaviour Hubs Programme can only be made when supporting a school through the school to school recovery offer.

The DfE expects all NLEs to review and digest this information and make use of it through the support you offer. In recognition of the time involved in studying this support package, your school will be able to claim £250 in payment for this activity. Further information on how you can claim this payment will be issued to you in due course by the DfE.

 


 

The DfE is currently running a targeted support offer during the summer term for a small number of schools to deal with some of the challenges they have faced as a result of Covid-19. Thank you to those NLEs that have supported this recovery support offer in our region. Currently this offer is being made to approximately 30 schools in the SW.Despite the local challenges, we are also aware that some NLEs consider that they do still have the capacity to do more, therefore :

  1. If you already have a Grant Offer Letter confirming funding from the Department for your Tier 2 or Tier 3 deployment, then you can re-engage with the support outlined within the Recommended Action Plan (RAF) providing that both the NLE and the supported schools are satisfied that it is safe to continue and that by undertaking the support you do not contravene Public Health England and Government guidance in regard to the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that we are awaiting further guidance as to whether the implications of Covid will allow for some flexibility in adjustments to the original plan outlined in the RAF that was written before the Covid crisis. We will update you once we have clarification on this from the DfE.

  2. If you have submitted a RAF to the department but it has not yet been approved and you do not have a Grant Offer Letter from the Department, then the work is to remain paused and we will review the position over the summer holidays with a view to potentially recommencing in the Autumn Term, obviously this is subject to review depending on the latest health advice.

  3. All Tier 1 deployments work remains paused, even if the work/visits have commenced.

  4. If your work on the SI19/20 Offer is paused and you have not already become involved in the recovery support, we would ask you to consider if you could support schools during this challenging time and if you feel you have capacity please contact your Regional Teaching School Lead, or Chrysta Garnett so that they are aware of your availability and can work with the DfE to facilitate any matches.

  • 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  
    TSC SW Strategy Lead -  Chrysta Garnett

We will communicate information on next academic year's School Improvement offer in due course, once we are in a position to update our system leaders in the SW.


For the academic year 2019/20, there is 3 tiers of support that are outlined below.  Please note that for this year the coasting and below floor standards will not be applied when deciding eligible schools.  

 Tier Eligibility Offer
1

Schools with a single RI judgement

 Your school will get up to 3 days’ support and advice from a national leader of education (NLE) or equivalent to help your leadership team identify and implement improvements within its school.
2

Schools 2 consecutive RI judgements will be in tier 2

Schools that are newly opened and receive an RI judgement on their first inspection (where they have no previous published Ofsted rating) will also be in tier 2

Your school will get up to 3 days’ support from an NLE (or equivalent) to help your leadership team to identify and implement improvements within its school

And up to £16,000 to address the needs identified by the NLE

3 Schools that currently have a RI judgment and have not been rated above RI since 2005, across a minimum of 4 inspections, will be in tier 3

Your school will get up to 3 days’ support from an NLE (or equivalent) to help your leadership team to identify and implement improvements within its school

And up to £24,000 to address the needs identified by the NLE


You can find more details about the offer here


Contacts

Alison Fletcher (TSC SW National Council Representative) 

Andrew Earnshaw (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.

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.