School improvement support services for primary and special schools 2018/19

This service is available for Academies, Maintained schools and Other schools and settings


As the Ealing Learning Partnership develops, it is envisaged that system-leaders deployed by the local authority and school-based leaders with a remit to strengthen school improvement beyond their own school, will work together to establish strong structures for promoting and sharing practice and responding to the individual needs of schools.

Academic year 2018/19

By March 2018, ELPs new pilot school improvement model will be published after rigorous consultation with schools. A new Learning and Achievement Committee will be established comprising LA and school leaders to drive forward strategy and ELP priorities.

In addition to the huge benefits we envisage from schools working together in facilitated clusters or groups and active involvement in peer learning opportunities, we will continue to broker and signpost expert support for

  • leadership including headteacher performance management and recruitment
  • governor development
  • curriculum development
  • assessment and moderation
  • SEND and inclusion

The central team will liaise directly with Ealing’s three teaching schools to agree and shape partnership programmes that meet collaborative priorities.

Additional / buy back services 

Schools may purchase support on a pay as you go basis for specific functions or as one, two or three day packages in advance. Academies who are members of ELP can purchase support packages at the same rate as maintained schools. Schools outside ELP are subject to extra charges.

Primary schools ELP core entitlement

School improvement support, delivered as part of the ELP Core, is currently in development as consultation with schools continues. Consultation will close at the end of February and schools will have the opportunity to participate in pilot models in 18-19. Every ELP school will receive school improvement and wider support and challenge in conjunction with the vision and guarantee set out by the ELP Board. (ELP brochure page 6)

Pilot cluster model 2018-2019

All ELP schools will be invited to join a new cluster model for 2018/19. The clusters will operate in a climate of trust and respect to support schools to be sustainably good or better. A peer learning model will be developed within the cluster - most likely with schools working in triads. ELP clusters will operate around the principle of ‘high challenge-low threat’. Headteachers will have termly structured opportunities to review their priorities alongside colleagues to support each other in finding solutions and to use their cluster facilitator to work on behalf of their collective interests.

Link partners 2018-2019

Schools may choose to continue with the link partner model currently in operation. They will receive the equivalent of one whole day which may be taken as two half days. The following elements will be common to all models:

  • External perspectives on school’s data, self- evaluation and school development plan
  • Support and challenge on school priorities so they impact on pupil outcomes
  • Celebrate what is working well and what can be shared beyond the school
  • Opportunities to explore new approaches to driving improvement
  • Recommended networks, links with other schools, teaching schools and other organisations
  • Support planning for next steps
  • Succinct and evaluative reports to be agreed by the headteacher and shared with the governing body.

Assessment and moderation

ELP members will have:

  • Access to high quality training for securing judgement in assessment across year groups and subjects
  • Opportunity to train as external moderator/lead moderator
  • Briefing meetings/papers on new developments, standards and expectations
  • Expert support for cluster based moderation exercises in statutory and non-statutory years
  • Exemplification and planning materials for use in school
  • Support for ongoing professional dialogue across schools

Support for schools at times of need

In addition to the above, schools experiencing significant challenges will receive support in brokering tailored packages from across the partnership. The Securing Good Programme for schools with significant risks is set out in a separate section and in conjunction with the council’s statutory duties.

Office hours:


Planned improvements:

Ongoing development and improvement in collaboration with Ealing schools and Teaching School Alliances as part of the Ealing Learning Partnership and with national and regional hubs

Service directors:

Julie Lewis


School effectiveness, children and adults’ services.

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Last updated: 14 Sep 2018