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System Leaders

"It is vital that we back our best school leaders and help them to support struggling schools so that we can continue to drive forward the high standards we are already seeing in schools across the country."

Schools Minister Lord Agnew (2020)

System leaders are “outstanding” middle and senior leaders that provide support to other schools and trusts. Bradford Teaching School Hub works in partnership with these colleagues from a wide range of schools and trusts within and beyond Bradford to facilitate school-to-school support. This includes providing capacity for school improvement, continuous professional development (CPD) and initial teacher training (ITT).

The following tools have been developed to support system leaders to undertake their role effectively:

Commission and brokerage

This guidance defines the Hub's preferred evidence-informed strategy for the commission and brokerage of school-to-school support.


Quality assurance and reporting guidance

This guidance is provided to ensure consistent and robust quality assurance and reporting of the progress and impact of support and any funding/resource allocated to it. Engagement will these processes is a condition of any grant funding/resource allocation facilitated by Bradford Teaching School Hub. The purpose of these processes is to help ensure effective support is being provided and whether revisions to the support may be beneficial to the supported school. These are evidence-based approaches.


Trusts and Teaching Schools: OA-funded support 2020-21

The following document summarises the contract quality assurance processes associated with the school-to-school support arrangements for 2020-21 funded by Bradford Opportunity Area and brokered by Bradford Teaching School Hub. Lead trusts and teaching schools need to fulfil these requirements as they oversee the support. These are in line with the 'Quality assurance and reporting guidance' (above).


System Leader Handbook

This handbook provides support to system leaders whilst they undertake deployments to support other schools. The handbook will be updated and re-branded to Bradford Teaching School Hub in due course. The handbook can be downloaded here:


School/subject/faculty action plan template

An example action plan template is provided for schools to consider if they don't have a preferred template of their own.


Final/interim report template

This is the report template for interim and final reports relating to the progress of support and it's impact:


Record of Visit

Colleagues providing support to another school or trust are required to complete a short Record of Visit after each visit or support activity (e.g. virtual meeting or telephone meeting) provided to another school. This should take two to three minutes to complete; please do not spend more time than this completing the record.