How do I get support for my school?

How do I get support for my school?

The ESTSN co-ordinates the deployment of SLEs as we can draw on a range of system leaders across the county and identify the best person to provide the support to your school.

When a school comes to us for support we work collaboratively with them to identify their requirements and desired outcomes and so design the programme of support. There is usually a cost for this support and you can find out more about this in Funding. 

In most instances SLE support is commissioned by individual schools, groups of schools or EIPs and funded from schools’ devolved budget or in primary, EIP resources.  The deployment process follows 6 steps:

1. Headteachers identify the teacher standard(s) with which the member(s) of staff need support.

2. Where a school is leading the deployment the Headteacher contacts the School Support Co-ordinator who will find an appropriate SLE to match the school’s requirements, usually within 48 hours. Where the EIP is leading the deployment the EIP representative makes the initial contact with the School Support Co-ordinator on behalf of a school or group of schools.

3. The Headteacher of the receiving school(s) confirm their choice of SLE. The School Support Co-ordinator then contacts the SLE’s Headteacher to agree the deployment.

4. The SLE makes contact with the receiving school within 7 days to arrange to visit to the receiving school(s). They are inducted into the school by the Headteacher or senior leader and meet the teacher(s) to clarify the areas of support and produce an action plan.

5. The SLE updates the plan as they work through the deployment.

6. On completion of the deployment, the SLE sends their evaluation to the School Support Co-ordinator who will forward it to the school(s) for evaluation and sign off.

In this section

In some circumstances the Primary and Secondary Boards may identify a school or a department within a school that would benefit from SLE support to improve its performance. This identification and prioritisation is based on pupil outcomes data, local knowledge of school context, Ofsted outcomes and the capacity to capitalise on support. The programme of support might involve a single visit, a series of short visits spread over a term, or even long-term deployments in areas of greater need. The Boards have some financial resource set aside to support targeted SLE deployment which may subsidise the cost to receiving schools.   

You may also find it useful to read through the Brokering Process and our Meet the SLEs section to get an understanding of the range of skills and experience within our team.

Brokering and deployment process

Once we have received the request for support, and it has been initially agreed, we ask you to complete a Deployment Request Form. This enables us to capture and identify priorities, set expectations and timescales and agree the required measures and outcomes that will support our quality assurance and evaluation.

We then identify a system leader from our directory who is best matched to the work and to your school, and who is available to meet your specific needs within your time frame.  We approach the SLE and their home school to establish their availability and to secure their commitment to the deployment.  We then require signed agreements from both the SLE and their school’s senior leadership, as well as the Teaching School Director and the headteacher of the receiving school. You can find the conditions of the agreement here. (link to open SLE pdf document)

We then identify a system leader from our directory who is best matched to the work and to your school, and who is available to meet your specific needs within your time frame.  We approach the SLE and their home school to establish their availability and to secure their commitment to the deployment.  We then require signed agreements from both the SLE and their school’s senior leadership, as well as the Teaching School Director and the headteacher of the receiving school. You can find the conditions of the agreement here. (link to open SLE pdf document)

At the outset of any deployment a clear plan including intended outcomes is drawn up using the agreed East Sussex Teaching School Network agreed proforma (link to SLE pdf document). This is a live document, provided by the teaching school, which serves as a record of the work undertaken and identifies the next steps. The system leader and supported staff member can then agree the actions to be taken between visits.  

There is a final evaluation of the impact of the deployment at the end of any piece of work with a school. The teaching school that brokers the deployment is responsible for quality assurance and for ensuring that the impact of the support is fed back to the ESTSN and to the Primary, or Secondary, Boards as appropriate.

Funding

The nationally agreed rate for SLE support is £350 a day.  This rate covers all work, planning, preparation, report writing and travel. It is designed to contribute towards supply cover for the release of the SLE from their classroom duties and allow the SLE’s home school to plan for that release time.

All charges are agreed in advance of a deployment and set out in the initial action plan. In most cases funds are paid following deployment rather than in advance.

Where the Primary and Secondary Boards agree to subsidise a targeted deployment, the cost is shared with the receiving school as follows. The Boards may consider further concession on a case by case basis. 

SLE costs per day: £350

Grant to home school per day: £200

Cost to receiving school per day: £150

Should an SLE be unable to complete the deployment, all outstanding funds are returned to receiving school and respective Board.