Decision details

Bespoke school to school improvement and CPD support provided by Tykes Teaching Alliance (HCAT) ODD/154/2021

Decision Maker: Executive Director Children's Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Reasons for the decision:

Barnsley Schools’ Alliance works in partnership with all maintained schools and academies to carry out its statutory duties with regard to school improvement.  Tykes Teaching Alliance provides bespoke CPD support to the partnership through its Teaching Alliance which provides National Leaders of Education (NLE’s), Local Leaders of Education (LLE’s) and Senior Leaders of Education (SLE’s) using nationally agreed tariffs and rates. 

Tykes Teaching Alliance are currently working with our schools using a range of local leaders to support their improvement, developmental and CPD strategies especially catch up curriculum due to the Covid19 pandemic and preparation for Ofsted inspections which have now recommenced.

The value of this support is determined through utilising risk analysis through school to school support requirements within Barnsley Schools that are deemed to be high risk using the School Improvement Plan.


Alternative options considered:

Delta is the approved teaching hub provider for the Barnsley region.  Tykes Teaching Alliance (HCAT) works in partnership with them adding additional capacity across the sector. There is no justification in commissioning school improvement support from out-of-borough Teaching Schools who will charge the same rates for the deployment of school improvement professionals who will have little understanding of Barnsley’s local context and demographic needs. Tykes   Teaching Alliance have local knowledge and context so can better meet need.  This means that there is no cost benefit in tendering this work widely as prices are fixed across all teaching schools



Publication date: 20/10/2021

Date of decision: 01/09/2021