School to School Support

Our mission is to enable all schools to improve through collaboration with each other.

The London West Alliance is committed to school improvement support both within the alliance and externally.

If you are a member of our alliance and would like to know how to get involved in this work and if you are seeking support for your school please contact  Marie-Anne Lerègle. 

Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE)

Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of SLE’s. If you are an experienced middle or senior leader who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you might want to apply to be a specialist leader of education (SLE). This is part of the Government plan to have School led self-improving systems.

To apply you will need to have been in a leadership role below the head teacher for at least 2 years. There are usually 1 recruitment rounds per year. This is a four year post.


Successful applicants will be entitled to a core training day. It provides you with essential information about the role and gives you the tools and techniques for effective school-to-school support. It also gives you the opportunity to meet others in the role.

The role of an SLE

SLE’s focus on developing leadership capacity to provide leaders with the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. This may involve coaching, joint planning, sharing data analysis, facilitating and training.

Our SLE’s have expertise in the following areas: Leadership and Management, Pupil Achievement, Quality of Teaching and Behaviour and Safety. SLE’s are also able to support primary schools in core areas of teaching and learning.

Experts available in the alliance

To get the full list of our SLE experts please contact

Challenge Partners Network of Excellence

As a Challenge Partners Teaching School we have accessed to Challenge Partners’ Network of Excellence which brings together more than 400  primary, secondary, post-16, special schools and APs nationally.  This network gives us access the wide range of expertise.

Ruth Williams - Maths SLE Work Summary

At the heart of my work is a passion to develop primary teachers’ maths skills and improve the mathematical experience of all pupils in the classroom. 

Over the past few years I have written and delivered numerous courses for both developing and enriching primary maths skills (heavily subsidised by LBH, LSEF and Maths Hubs in turn) but the demand for bespoke support is currently greater.  I also write and deliver collaborative maths masterclasses for able upper KS2 pupils and their teachers.

The bespoke in school support I deliver ranges from whole school insets to modelling lessons and developing the curriculum with SLT.  It includes developing pedagogy, supporting teachers in the classroom, INSET programmes, educating parents and developing numeracy strategies in the light of the changing curriculum.  In could also involve supporting individual teachers with differentiation, planning for mastery for all, effective assessment for learning and questioning techniques.  I often use an adapted lesson study model.

Unfortunately, with budgets increasingly becoming a factor some local schools are finding they are unable to sustain the level of support they ideally require.  This has had an impact on the bookings for the masterclasses that for the first time ever are not oversubscribed!

I am beginning to develop some collaborative working groups with the inception of a LWA maths transition network that meets a couple of times a term and a new WG funded by the DfE through the maths hubs

Developing mathematical understanding underpins good teaching otherwise we are continually building on wobbly foundations.  In order to assess whether a student has understood the maths the teacher surely needs to have secure mathematical knowledge themselves.  With the increasing demands of the new curriculum lack of mathematical fluency and confidence amongst teachers is becoming more evident.

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