The School Improvement Offer is a government program created to assist struggling schools via extra funding and help from NLEs. To be eligible, a school must be one of the following;
- A primary school defined as ‘below the floor standards’ or ‘coasting’ based on KS2 revised data published in December 2018
- A secondary school defined as ‘below the floor standards’ or ‘coasting’ based on KS4 revised data published in January 2019
- A school not subject to ‘below the floor’ or ‘coasting’ (including, but not restricted to, special schools or local authority nurseries) and which are ‘requires improvement’ as judged by Ofsted
If a school is eligible, they will be offered up to 3 days of free advice from a designated national leader of education (NLE) or equivalent. If in addition to this, a school is judged as ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted in their 2 most recent consecutive inspections will be offered up to £16,000 of funded support to address the needs identified by the NLE.
During the 2018 autumn term, DfE will contact local authorities and academy trusts about schools that provisional data suggest are eligible for support. Schools will receive support once their eligibility has been confirmed by the published schools’ performance data. All funded support will be delivered by the end of the 2020 spring term.
The part played by the Teaching School Council in this Offer is to ensure that eligible schools are provided with the best support possible. Not only will we be coordinating the assistance given, but it is our role to designate appropriate NLE’s to schools where their help is needed most.