2018/19 DfE School Improvement Pilot

Piloting a new approach to the teaching schools programme

Teaching schools have been a successful initiative, which the DfE has sponsored since 2011. The Department recognises that larger collaborations of teaching school alliances and MATs have developed to cover wider areas than a traditional alliance. The DfE are considering piloting a new approach to grant-aid high-performing schools in a limited number of areas to provide improvement services to a wider range of local schools in effective school-to-school support, for those at risk of failure, and showcasing and spreading best practice, as trailed in the recruitment and retention of teachers. They anticipate that the pilot will run in up to 7 areas of the country, covering 6 RSC regions.

The DfE have published a prior information notice (PIN) informing the market of their intention to pilot a new approach to the teaching schools programme, and our plans for market warming.

The DfE will be running early engagement events week commencing 4 March where schools can find out more about the pilot. Schools will need to register for an event on Contracts Finder by following this link https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TSHubs/. Please note spaces are limited (250 per session) and due to this only 1 attendee per school can register. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

As this is a commercial process, the DfE are unable to share any further information about the pilot until the early engagement events. For any other queries, please email systemleader.applications@education.gov.uk.


  • Click here to view the DfE’s prior information notice on the school improvement pilot.

A Message From our Chair

The Teaching Schools Council is supportive of the proposal to test and learn a new approach to the existing system leadership infrastructure. The TSC continues to engage with the Department as to the finer detail of the proposals. We are keen to build on the many excellent examples of collaborative approaches that already exist across the 8 regions. I know that the Department will be announcing more details shortly

Richard Gill
CEO ATLP and Chair, Teaching Schools Council