School to School support

Supporting each other across the sector

Offering support to other schools to ensure that all children are able to attend a ‘good’ school is a key aspect of our vision. Support is offered by leaders in different roles and these include:

  • Specialist Leaders of Education
  • Local Leaders of Education
  • National Leaders of Education
  • National Leaders of Governance
  • Outreach Service offered by Elms Bank to support schools with special educational needs

Please see the profiles of our SLEs, LLEs and NLEs to see how we could help.


One of the most powerful ways of achieving improvement is through collaboration, with the best schools, settings and leaders supporting those that are more challenged. But it's not just the school or centre receiving support that improves - providing support gives even the most accomplished teachers and leaders an opportunity to gain new ideas and improve their own practice.
(Department for Education, 2012) 

How School to School support works

There are a number of different ways in which school-to-school support can take place and be brokered. Through partnership working system leaders, such as National, Local and Specialist Leaders of Education (NLEs, LLEs and SLEs), play a key role in the development of others and contribute to the raising of standards and outcomes for children and young people. Schools can access the support of other serving school leaders and professionals who understand the local context and current challenges. 

Support can also be provided through larger organisations such as National Support Schools and Teaching Schools. Teaching Schools give outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support. Teaching Schools will drive significant improvement in the quality of professional practice, improving the attainment of every child and playing a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system. North West Partnerships for Learning seeks to work closely with the local network of NLEs and LLEs and, over time, will be well placed to take on a role in brokering school-to-school support, with Bury LA.