Commissioning & Brokerage

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Commissioning & Brokerage

At the heart of system leadership provision is the deployment of successful leaders to support other schools.


Different organisations will commission support from SLEs, LLEs, NLEs, and NLGs and teaching schools.

The most likely commissioners include schools, academy chains and local authorities. A teaching school may commission support for a school within its alliance, but increasingly this also includes support for schools further afield.

The commissioning body will usually fund the support.


Linwood TSA can source and broker the support your school may need. We can match an SLE, NLE or NLG to your school and negotiate how the support will work.

For each deployment the brokering process will involve:

Finding the right SLE, NLE or NLG to undertake the specific support

  • Agreeing the objectives and expected impact
  • Agreeing the support approach
  • Agreeing the time commitment and any financial terms

Quality Assurance and Review

The broker is usually responsible for ensuring that any support is delivered to a high standard and for reviewing progress against agreed objectives. The National College is responsible for the review of NLEs and NLGs, but Teaching schools are responsible for the review of designation of SLEs.

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