School to School Support

The Esk Valley Alliance coordinates school-to-school support. This usually involves working with a school or academy to bring about improvement. It also means ensuring our own schools are as good as they possibly can be. 

We identify priorities in our area and provide a bespoke service to support schools and academies as required.  Local Authorities and Dioceses may also work with us to support school improvement. 

School-to-school support through the use of Specialist Leaders of Education can lead to significant improvements in pupil outcomes as demonstrated by the work of national and local leaders of education and national support schools.

Castleton and Glaisdale Schools are designated National Support Schools, and alongside our alliance schools, we offer a range of bespoke programmes that can be developed to meet your specific needs. These can range from short single focus pieces of work to medium and long term programmes.

Comments from Ofsted

Below are comments taken from Section 5 Ofsted reports in relation to support received through the Esk Valley Alliance

September 2015

The governance of the school

A national leader of governance from the Esk Valley Teaching Alliance partnership has successfully supported governors in their development. Knowledge, skills and understanding of their role and responsibilities have developed well.

Leadership and Management

Senior leaders have made effective use of the support offered by the Esk Valley Teaching Alliance. Exchange visits to schools within the partnership, joint training and sharing of good practice is regular and ongoing.

Curriculum leaders have been afforded worthwhile opportunities to contribute to school improvement. They have worked closely with staff from other schools in the Esk Valley Teaching Alliance to share and observe good practice. This investment has been valued and these leaders are grateful for the chance to secure improved outcomes for all pupils in their individual areas of responsibility, particularly in English and mathematics. 


For more information or to discuss your individual requirements please contact Jane Douglass (NLE) Headteacher, Castleton and Glaisdale Schools, Jane can be contacted by clicking this link.


Click here for our School to School Support brochure (and details of NLE/SLEs)