School to School Support

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.

Commissioning Process

An outline of the Commissioning Process is available or contact Lorraine Allen for further details.

How to request School to School Support

The best way to enquire about our School to School Support offer is to complete our request form. Alternatively you can contact Lorraine Allen via email lallen@rsaacademiesteachingschool.org.uk or by telephone on 024 7630 2580.

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 attendance
  • 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 CPD
  • 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

Organisational Impact

  • Improved internal processes and standards
  • Improved self-evaluation
  • 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.

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