School-to-school support

As well as working with and supporting our alliance schools, we are also keen to support schools from outside our alliance. We have a growing team of excellent practitioners who have successfully been designated Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) that can work with your school. Our goal is to provide high quality, targeted support that has a direct impact on your school improvement priorities.

Below we have detailed the key areas that we have capacity to support:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Assessment for learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Behaviour and discipline
  • Closing the attainment gap (particularly in relation to children on Free School Meals)
  • Continuing professional development (CPD) and leadership development
  • Curriculum development
  • Teaching strategies for dyslexic students
  • RQT / NQT Programmes
  • School Direct ITT Programme
  • Performance management
  • School business management
  • School-to-school support
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision
  • Support for the most able pupils / gifted and talented provision

We also have capacity to offer support in the following curriculum areas:

  • Science
  • Maths
  • English
  • History
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • Modern foreign languages
  • Religious education
  • D&T

How it works

Support is completely tailored to your school’s needs.

Commonly, we would identify a SLE with specific expertise who can be ‘deployed’ into your school to provide support, for example through coaching and mentoring your own staff or working alongside you to put strategies and systems in place. We also have experience delivering INSET, CPD and training to schools in very different circumstances.  The delivery model is very much tailored to your needs.

Support from designated Specialist Leaders of Education is charged at £350 per day. A deployment could be for a day, a few days or much longer – depending on what you need. The time can be arranged as consecutive days or spread over a longer period.

Alternatively we could identify a team of leaders from one school or from across a number of schools in our alliance, who can work together to provide support on a larger scale.

We are also able to offer one-off visits to see specific practice in our school, for example through ‘learning walks’, lesson observations and discussions with staff.

In addition, we can provide general coaching, monitoring or facilitation support. All of our schools have staff with experience and expertise in these roles.

All support is arranged through Bishop Rawstorne Academy as the designated Teaching School. When you contact us with your request for support, we then contact the schools or individuals in our alliance with the expertise and capacity required. We act as a ‘broker’ or go-between, to set everything up and to help with any queries you might have.

For more information or to make a request for support from our schools, please contact Helen Winter at hwinter@bishopr.co.uk