School to School Support
Keystone can offer personalised support around the needs of your school. This can range from long term pieces of work supporting key members of staff over several weeks, to short term pieces of work providing support around a specific subject to one-off staff meetings.
Our school to school support (S2S support) is provided by our System Leaders who are designated due to their outstanding knowledge, skills and experience. We will work hard to deploy appropriate System Leaders who will be the right fit for the school seeking support. Our staff will oversee the deployment to ensure that it meets the needs of the requesting school and has the desired impact.
The sector-led system means that we can all learn from one another, and this is the ideal way to do so if one-off courses and/or CPD is not going to meet your needs.
School to School support can be offered to not only teaching staff but also to headteachers and school leaders to drive school improvement. For example our Local Leaders of Education (LLEs) can offer coaching and support to new headteachers or offer peer challenge and support to experienced headteachers, ensuring impact in school improvement strategies. Please see our School Improvement programmes of support flyer for the details on the packages available.
Simply contact us to discuss your needs and we can plan a package of support around the aspects of your school that you wish to improve.
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Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders who use their skills, specialisms and experience to provide support to other middle leaders, senior leaders or class teachers. Their role is to offer a coaching approach which will contribute to improving pupil outcomes and assure sustainable improvements in
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What is an SLE?
SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders with a specialism. Their role is about developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. It can also involve developing classroom expertise where necessary.
The role of the SLE
The role of the SLE was created to help raise standards and improve the quality of school leadership through school to school support and peer to peer learning. The designation of SLE recognises the important role that senior and middle leaders have with regards to improving outcomes for young people.
The coaching approach of an SLE means that any support will be collaborative, with the aim of assuring long-term, sustainable improvement by helping others to develop their own leadership capacity.
The cost of an SLE
The cost of SLE support is £350 per day.
Who can apply to be an SLE?
SLEs ideally need to be middle or senior leaders with at least two years of leadership experience. Whilst outstanding in what they do, potential SLEs can apply from any school, regardless of its Ofsted grade. SLEs should have a successful track record of working effectively in their own school or across a group of schools and be able to give evidence of successfully coaching or facilitating sustainable improvements. The Head Teacher of their school must agree to the SLE designation and the commitment that it requires whilst also confirming that they are in an appropriate role.
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If you are interested in applying to become an SLE, please contact us or look on our website for recruitment windows.
Local Leaders of Education (LLEs)
LLEs are successful Headteachers who can work alongside other school leaders to drive improvements and ensure sustainability. Their role is to provide support to other Headteachers and their school with the aim of school improvement.
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What is an LLE?
LLEs are successful Head Teachers who work alongside other school leaders to drive forward improvements and build capacity to ensure that they can be sustained.
The role of the LLE
The role of the LLE is to work outside their own school, providing support to another Head Teacher and their school with the aim of school improvement. The role is flexible, based on context and may involve the following:
- Coaching and supporting a new Head Teacher who would benefit from assistance in the transition period to maintain momentum in their school’s improvement
- Offering peer challenge and support to a Head Teacher to ensure impact in school improvement strategies
- Conducting a diagnostic assessment to gain
understandingof the extent of a schools’ needs
- Providing focussed support to a school identified through the inspection framework as ‘requires improvement’ or vulnerable to under-performance
The cost of an LLE
The cost of LLE support is £450 per day.
Who can apply to be an LLE?
To become an LLE, you and your school need to meet the following criteria:
- Be judged to be a good serving Head Teacher with at least three years’ experience and expect to remain at your current school for at least two years after designation
- Have the full support of your school’s governing body and Local Authority or a senior educational professional
- Be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient experience of providing support as a coach or mentor to another Head Teacher or senior member of staff at a school other than your own
- Be judged to be good
- Show consistently high levels of pupil performance or continued improvement over the last three years and in addition be above current floor standards
If you are interested in applying to become an LLE, please contact us.
National Leaders of Education (NLEs)
NLEs are outstanding Headteachers who can use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. Their main focus is to support and increase the leadership capacity of schools other than their own to help raise standards.
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What is an NLE?
NLEs are outstanding Head Teachers who work alongside other school leaders to drive forward improvements and build capacity to ensure that improvements can be sustained.
The role of the NLE is to work outside their own school to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.
The role of the NLE
NLEs usually work with schools identified as being in need of significant improvement and/or in challenging circumstances by the DfE, Ofsted or a Local Authority.
NLEs can be deployed in a number of ways and each deployment can be tailored to suit the needs of the school receiving support.
An NLE can offer support in many ways. This could include utilising the expertise of their own staff to support you under their direction.
The cost of an NLE
The cost of NLE support is £550 per day.
Who can apply to be an NLE?
To become an NLE, you and your school need to meet the following criteria:
- Be judged an outstanding serving Head Teacher with at least 3 years’ headship experience
- Expect to remain at your current school for at least 2 years after being selected
- Be accountable for 1 or more schools that meet the NSS criteria
- Have the full support of your school’s governing body and director of children’s services or senior educational professional
NLEs and/or their NSS staff are expected to have a placement at least once over the course of a year, supporting a Head Teacher and his or her school.
All new NLEs will attend an induction workshop.
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National Leaders of Governance (NLGs)
NLGs are highly effective Chairs of Governors who use their skills and experience to provide coaching and mentoring support to other Chairs of Governors to improve their own school’s performance.
Pupil Premium Reviewers
A Pupil Premium Reviewer is an experienced leader, with a recent track record in raising levels of attainment and progress for disadvantaged pupils. Our Pupil Premium Reviewers have been trained and accredited by The National College of Teaching and Leadership to conduct Pupil Premium Reviews.
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A Pupil Premium Review examines how schools spend their pupil premium funding. The purpose of the review is to improve a school’s pupil premium strategy, so that they spend the funding on approaches shown to be effective in improving the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.
Since their introduction in 2013, pupil premium reviews have helped hundreds of schools to refine their work with disadvantaged pupils and spend the pupil premium more effectively. Good pupil premium reviews are normally associated with improved pupil outcomes.
The Pupil Premium Review will be bespoke to each setting but will comprise of a full review, in-depth report, presentation of findings and recommendations across all areas of Pupil Premium activity, all designed to fully evaluate and improve your schools current spend and impact.
Pupil Premium Reviews are carried out by experienced school leaders who have been trained to become a Pupil Premium Reviewer.
How to commission a Pupil Premium Review
You can commission a review at any time if you want to improve your school’s pupil premium strategy. All schools should consider whether they could benefit from the fresh perspective of an experienced school leader to help them try new approaches or improve current provision to help raise the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Simply contact us via telephone or email to book a review.
The cost of a Pupil Premium Review
The cost of a review will vary from school to school depending upon its size and the time that the review takes. We will provide you with a cost prior to agreeing the review.
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