The Dale Teaching School Alliance is committed to leading the co-ordination of school to school support both within the Alliance and with schools outside the Alliance identified as requiring support.  This usually involves working with a school or academy in challenging circumstances to bring about improvement.  The Dale Alliance will ensure that the best leaders are working to improve the quality of teaching and leadership where it is most needed.

The Alliance will decide how to use the services of system leaders to provide support to other, such as:

  • Middle and senior leaders working as SLEs
  • Headteachers working as NLEs/LLEs
  • Chairs of Governors working as NLGs



 In 2014/15 all of the SLEs working within the Alliance were deployed successfully and all had an impact on leading or supporting school improvement in the schools that were working in.  Some of this work was evidenced in the progress reports of the schools involved:

  • 'School A' had an LA review and were judged to have moved from 'requires improvement' to 'good'.
  • 'School B' had an LA review and it was agreed that there was no longer any inadequate teaching in the school.  The percentage of 'good' and 'outstanding' teaching had improved significantly.


Support networks have been set up within the Alliance to support EYFS practitioners and SENCOs with the issues associated with working in small rural primary schools.


The first meeting for all SENCOs working in Dale Alliance schools took place on Tuesday 12th January 4-5pm at Dacre Braithwaite CE Primary School.  Those who attended  this meeting looked at the range of documentation being used in schools to support pupils on the SEN register.  A date for the next meeting will be set for early in the Summer term.


A meeting was held for all members of staff (including support staff) working in EYFS on Wednesday 27th January 4-5pm at Dacre Braithwaite CE Primary School.  Those who attended looked at provision areas within the classroom, shared information about electronic methods of recording pupils' learning and developing children's speaking and listening skills.

The next meeting is on Thursday 30th June at Kettlesing Felliscliffe Primary School at 4pm.  Kettlesing staff will be sharing their experiences of their outdoor provision project and there will be opportunities to share timetables and take part in writing moderation.