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School to School support

School to school support comes in many forms.  Farlingaye and Kesgrave Teaching School Alliance is committed to working together towards system-wide school improvement by brokering the services of NLEs, LLEs and SLEs across the region.  We have a track record of working with other schools and the capacity to undertake support for schools in challenging circumstances.

A combination of NLE, LLE and SLE support is available to schools funded through a variety of sources. Our focus is on impact and quality support.

National Leaders of education (NLE)

NLEs are outstanding headteachers or principals who, use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.

NLEs can be deployed in a number of ways and each deployment can be tailored to suit the needs of the school receiving support. NLEs are expected to support schools in the most challenging circumstances such as those in an Ofsted category, facing closure or amalgamation or falling below the floor standards. Deployments could involve one of the following levels of involvement:

There are currently almost 600 NLEs/NSSs nationally. Details of those designated as NLEs/NSSs can be found

on the National College website at www.nationalcollege.org.uk/nle.

Local Leaders of education (LLE)

LLEs are successful headteachers who, in addition to leading their own schools, work alongside other heads to raise attainment and build capacity to ensure that improvements can be sustained. LLEs can be deployed in a variety of ways and each deployment can be tailored to suit the needs of the

school receiving support. LLEs are expected to undertake deployments involving:

Generally LLEs will work half a day or a day a week with a partner school and a further 20-30 hours over 2 years in support of a new head, though the LLE will be expected to be flexible depending on the needs of the system and the capacity of the LLE.

There are currently over 2,000 LLEs. More information can be found on the National College website at www.nationalcollege.org.uk/lle.

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)

SLEs are a new designation acknowledging the important role of middle and senior leaders in supporting their peers.  They are excellent professionals in leadership positions below the headteacher, with the capacity, capability and commitment to work beyond their own school

SLEs are outstanding in a particular area, for example: a subject specialism; inclusion; ITT mentoring; performance management; behaviour; school business management.