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The Department for Education (DfE) in association with Teaching Schools is promoting the following COVID-19 Recovery Support Offer for all schools who would like to access it in 2021:


You can download a PDF copy of the offer here.

School Improvement Support for the 2019 to 2020 Academic Year​ 

Following the Department for Education's recent announcement of additional funding for schools, an update has been made to the school improvement offer page:


The Secretary of State has announced that for schools that have been rated requires improvement (RI) by Ofsted, we will expand our School Improvement offer by giving a subset of schools extra help on top of the previously announced levels.


For the 2019-20 school improvement offer, this means that additional ‘tier 3’ support of up to £24,000 is available for schools who currently have an RI judgement and have not been rated above RI since 2005, across a minimum of 4 inspections. Full details of tiers and support offered is at the link above.


For further information on the support available, please visit our GOV.UK page or email us at


School Improvement Support - Collection Pages on GOV.UK

For further information on what the Department for Education offers, there is a dedicated section on school improvement support and the providers delivering it, that schools can easily access through the school improvement support pages on GOV.UK.


Free courses to up-skill ‘non-specialist’ and returning teachers

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) courses are now available to up-skill non-specialist and returning teachers in secondary mathematics, core maths, physics and modern foreign languages, increasing subject knowledge, pedagogy and confidence.


·       TSST courses can help with timetable and workforce planning.  

·       Flexibility of courses, includes twilight sessions, weekends as well as online provision.


Courses are available in 106 schools across England.  For further details of courses in your area please see the teacher-subject-specialism-training-courses directory.


Mathematics and Physics Teacher Retention Payments

The Department for Education recently announced details of the Mathematics and Physics teacher retention payments pilot, which will run across the academic years 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021.

Mathematics and physics teachers in the first five years of their career will be eligible for a £2000 retention payment after tax. To be eligible, teachers must have completed either an undergraduate or postgraduate mathematics or physics related degree or initial teacher training (ITT) course specialising in mathematics or physics. Teachers must also be employed in a state-funded secondary in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, or remaining Opportunity Areas (OAs) and can be employed on a full-time or part-time basis. It is anticipated that eligible teachers will be able to claim and have their payments issued to them in the autumn 2019 and autumn 2020 terms. If you register your interest via the link below, you will receive notification of any updates about the scheme.


For further information and eligibility criteria, please visit Mathematics and Physics teacher retention payments.


If you have any further questions about this scheme, please contact us at:


Supporting deaf children in school

Teachers of the Deaf play a vital role in supporting deaf children from birth to adulthood, supporting and working with families, and acting as a key worker for deaf children and young people. It can offer a unique career pathway for teachers and SENCOs looking to take on a new role that can have a big impact on deaf children. 


The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf website has more information on the role and the different training and funding options available – please do share with any colleagues that you think may be interested or contact for more information.


Separately, if you work with deaf children, the National Deaf Children’s Society produces a range of free resources for teachers and commissioners, ranging from simple deaf-friendly teaching tips to quality standards for education support, to help make sure deaf children can achieve their potential.


Extracts above have been taken  from the System Leadership newsletter of the Department for Education


Page updated: 9 December 2020