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National Support School

National Support School

Lionwood Teaching School is a National Support School (NSS) designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. This means that we are in a position to offer support for other schools who find themselves in challenging situations.


We aim to achieve three targets:

  1. Enable others to improve outcomes for all groups of pupils.
  2. Enable others to use assessment for learning to develop understanding of the whole child.
  3. Enable others to become leaders of learning and leaders of learning communities.


Support for schools could be directly from:

  • Selene Sawyer, CEO/Executive Headteacher who is a National Leader of Education (NLE)
  • Simon Davis, Director of Achievement and Teaching 
  • One of our Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs), trained by Lambeth Teaching School Alliance and deployed through VNET.


  • We support others to recognise the importance of teaching to misconceptions and gaps in order to accelerate progress

  • We support others by demonstrating the impact of interventions on pupil progress at the Lionwood Schools Federation not by selling one particular product but by sharing the systems and processes that go alongside an intervention package

  • We scaffold and model for other schools so that they replicate best practice

  • We coach others to enable them to make a difference themselves with support so that when support is withdrawn they are able to sustain progress and build capacity

  • We offer auditing of learning communities to identify areas of strength and areas for development

  • Direct work with Leadership Teams including Governance to build capacity, support with strategic planning and identify areas for development using a solutions focused approach.


If you wish to apply for support please get in touch by either emailing us at or calling 01603 516164.