Suffolk and Norfolk Teaching School Alliance

School to School Support

School to School Support (S2S)About Us

Establishing productive partnerships is key to the way in which we work at Primary East.  School Improvement through collaboration characterises our approach to raising standards and building excellence in schools. 

Our experience in school to school support is varied including leadership development, improving the quality of teaching and learning, using data to raise standards and subject area development. We have expertise in the primary sector; planning and designing bespoke packages of support for the schools we work with which reflect the needs of individual schools and staff.  
Our team of System Leaders have expertise in leadership and effective teaching and learning in the primary phase, including early years.  The support we are able to offer ranges from a one day diagnostic support and guidance visit, through regular visits to focus on a specific area to a full support package involving a number of system leaders supporting teachers in developing effective classroom practice and leadership guidance and support across whole school improvement.   

Funding for such work can be accessed in a number of ways;

  • Self-funded from your school budget when you have identified prioritise need however additional capacity or specialist knowledge may be required
  • Local Authority (LA) funded were needs have been identified by the school and LA. The LA brokers and funds the school to school support work.

DfE funds- Primary East makes regular bids direct to the DfE for funding to support schools that are working on improvement issues to lead their schools out of a category.

To view the specialisms and details of all of our NLE, LLE and SLE's please see click our register.

If you would like to broker any of our NLE/LLE/SLEs please see our Charging Policy

If you would like to find out more, or would like to work with us, please contact us

Our Leaders of Education

National leaders of Education and Governance continue to be accredited by the National college of Teaching and Leadership.


National Leaders of Education (NLEs): A new application round is open until Monday 1st May 2017. Find out more details at:

National Leaders of Governance (NLGs): Applications are open until 12th May 2017 for Cohort 10 seeking to recruit in a number of areas.


Primary East as a Teaching School Alliance is responsible for the recruitment, selection and accrediation for Local Leaders of Education and Specialist Leaders of Education. 


Local Leader of Education (LLEs) are headteachers who are able to work alongside other headteachers to provide support to secure improvements and drive up standards.


The aim of the local leaders of education is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.

The role includes;

1.Providing one-to-one support to new headteachers

2.Working directly with another headteacher in a school facing challenging circumstances to raise attainment

3.Working in partnership with other system leaders to support the improvement of another school / groups of schools

If you are interested in becoming a Local Leader of Education see the information below:

Who can apply?

Application Part A

Application Part B

Designation Policy


Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They are skilled in mentoring, supporting and developing others. Above all, they understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping others to achieve it in their own context.


If you are interested in becoming a SLE see information below:

Who can apply?

The recruitment and selection process

The application form

The Second Reference request

Department of Education

University of Cambridge

Norfolk County Council

Suffolk and NorfolkInitial Teacher Training

Suffolk County Council

Suffolk County Council

School House

Off Skinners Lane, School Lane

Bardwell, Suffolk

IP31 1AD

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