Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools, Bradford are committed to ensuring that school-to-school peer support has demonstrable impact whilst ensuring the headteacher of the supported school maintains ownership of the support (support is “done with”, not “done to” the supported school). The supported school’s headteacher and governing body are ultimately accountable for the impact of the support, through pupil outcomes and inspection, regardless of the number of days of support or the degree of funding involved.
Responsibilities for the support can be summarised as:
Both the supporting school(s) and Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools may be named in the supported school’s inspection report. The supported school is expected to ensure inspectors have an accurate understanding of the positive impact of the supporting school(s) and Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools and encourage these organisations to be named in the final inspection report.
System leaders and supporting schools
Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools has a pool of accredited and aspiring SLEs, LLEs and partner schools to draw upon to help ensure school-to-school support is effective. System leaders and supporting schools need to be credible and individuals must have provenance with their peers. Reported pupil outcomes are a key factor in selecting a school to provide school-to-school support.
Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools’ partner schools and multi-academy trusts will not enter direct arrangements to provide school-to-school support, beyond an arrangement of more than one day, without Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools’ involvement. Without the formality of the arrangements, both the supported and supporting schools become vulnerable to engaging in ineffective support that the rigorous commissioning and quality assurance process helps to avoid. Schools can be, and are, named and criticised in school inspection reports. System leaders are accredited to add capacity to the partnership, not for the sole benefit of an individual school or leader.
Quality Assurance Lead role
Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools will name a QA Lead for the support. This person will be independent of the agreement between the supported and supporting schools. Typically, where external funding has been provided, three days of their time will be funded by Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools to:
Where internal funding is used, a similar QA arrangement will be agreed with the headteacher of the supported school focusing on impact (rather than impact and financial arrangements).
Finance and quality assurance for external funded support
Where funding for the school-to-school support is provided from sources beyond the supported school’s own budget, (e.g. Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), NCTL, DfE), Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools will hold the funding (in line with the terms and conditions of the funding agreement issued by the organisation funding the support) and will release the funds at the end of each term during the period of support after the supported and supporting schools incur costs. Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools are responsible for the funding and reporting on its use and impact. Where supported schools do not fulfil the conditions of the funding agreement, funding and support will be withheld.
There are only two appropriate uses of the funding:
The funding arrangements must be captured and agreed, prior to the support commencing, and recorded on a dedicated development plan (see annex A, below) for the package of support. The emphasis on the use of external funding should be on the purchase of support rather than the release of staff (the supported school may need to self-fund this element or contribute to its costs).
Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools, the supported school, and/or the supporting school may be audited to check on the accurate reporting and appropriate use of the funding.
Finance and quality assurance for internally funded support
Where a school funds school-to-school support themselves (i.e. from the school’s budget), Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools will broker support from Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools’ system leaders and will invoice the supported school on a termly basis for this support, applying the agreed standard rates (see below). The responsibility for monitoring and reporting on the use of the funding lies with the headteacher and their governing body.
Daily rates for internally funded support
Aspiring but not accredited Specialist Leader of Education (SLE): £250 per day
Accredited SLE: £350 per day
Headteacher: £400 per day
Accredited Local Leader of Education (LLE): £450 per day
Accredited National Leader of Education (NLE): £550 per day
This includes a £50 per day charged to fund the quality assurance of the support undertake by Exceed SCITT and Teaching School. These are the standard rates and arrangements.
Daily rates for externally funded support
Aspiring but not accredited Specialist Leader of Education (SLE): £200 per day
Accredited SLE: £300 per day
Headteacher: £350 per day
Accredited Local Leader of Education (LLE): £400 per day
Accredited National Leader of Education (NLE): £500 per day
This excludes a £50 per day fee to fund the quality assurance, monitoring and reporting of the support undertake by Exceed SCITT and Teaching School as Exceed will already hold the funds and will report on this use of funding directly to the NCTL via its annual Collaborative Fund return. The role of the QA Lead is funded by Exceed SCITT and Teaching School through the funding received from the external organisation (e.g. RSC, NCTL, DfE).
Daily rates for cover (externally funded support only)
Cover to engage with support: £200 per day
If additional system leader support is required beyond the agreed arrangement, Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools will support the brokerage process. Direct arrangements should not be made with the supporting school due to the issues and considerations outlined above.
The school-led system
Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools are a self-funding school-based providers of school-to-school support, professional learning, and initial teacher training and are central to the government’s plans for school improvement. In being so, Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools are highly accountable to the RSC, NCTL, Ofsted, and the DfE, as are schools within and beyond the partnership. The arrangements outlined above are provided to ensure these services can continue effectively for the benefit of the schools within and beyond the partnership.