The RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance is dedicated to ensuring that the School to School Support Programme provides schools with a significant and extensive level of expertise. The RSA Academies have experience of supporting over 20 schools in the past few years. We strongly believe that the best way of school improvement is through school to school support. Our track record demonstrates that the support we can offer can turn a school around from an ‘Ofsted category’ to Outstanding. We have expertise at all levels of teachers, middle leaders and support staff and at National Leaders of Education (NLE) level. We can offer a variety of support and relationships that can be built on a formal and sometimes informal level through coaching, mentoring and one to one support. The Alliance has two Principals who are NLEs, Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs), Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) and Lead Professionals. The Alliance has also successfully appointed SLEs covering teaching and learning, middle leadership, data systems and mentoring/development.
Our School to School Support offer
The School to School Support Programme offer from the RSA Academies’ Teaching School Alliance is extensive and bespoke according to need. It is led by 3 “Outstanding” schools, Whitley Academy, Coventry; RSA Academy Arrow Vale, Redditch; and Holyhead School, Birmingham. There are a number of other key strategic partners, supporting cross phase capacity including Ipsley CE RSA Academy, Redditch; RSA Academy, Tipton; Stretton Primary, Coventry (Outstanding); Abbeywood Primary School, Redditch; Hansworth Wood Girls Academy, Birmingham (Outstanding); Aston Manor Academy, Birmingham; and Chilwell Croft Academy, Birmingham.
The school support offer is led by N.L.Es in the alliance who will broker the bespoke expertise required. This may be at leadership level of support by experienced N.L.Es or delivered by S.L.Es, Curriculum Leaders and / or a wide range of other experienced practitioners who are trained in outreach guidance, including Business Management and non-teaching role support.
The Alliance Partner Schools are highly experienced in delivering efficient, personable and cost effective support, having worked with as many as 25 schools in recent years, to secure improvements at all levels. A number of supported schools have moved from Ofsted Categories to “Outstanding” during this period. The time period of support is entirely negotiable and arranged according to need.
Quality Assurance and testaments for previous work and schools worked with are also available by contacting Lorraine Allen.
What we can offer
National Leaders of Education (NLE)
Are Outstanding Principals / Headteachers who, together with staff in their schools (designated National Support Schools or Teaching Schools), use their skills and experience to support schools, often in challenging circumstances. Find out more.
Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)
Are outstanding middle leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. Find out more.
Other Experienced Practitioners (OEP)
Are trained in outreach guidance in a number of areas, including Business Management and non-teaching role support. Find out more.
Outcomes for Schools
Improved exam results
Improved progress within specific department or specialist areas.
Improved Ofsted evidence
Successful Academy transition
Improved behaviour / discipline
Progress in closing the achievement gap (particularly in relation to pupils in receipt of FSM and vulnerable groups).
Reduction of in-school variation
Evidence of external accreditation
Impact on Staff
Improved growth, confidence and learning
Improved quality of teaching and learning
Improved knowledge management
Falling rates of staff absence
Improved team ethos / morale
Increased networks / partnerships and collaboration
Improved development of ITT / NQTs
Increased willingness to secure accountability of others
Increased leadership profile
Improved internal processes and standards
Improved planning, including strategic planning
Greater focus on priorities
Improved financial processes and systems
Impact on Others
Improved views of parents, governors and others in the community.
Increased support for the most able pupils.
Greater progress by individual children
More developed system leadership roles locally or nationally.