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School Support Service


The Mercian Educational Trust School-to-School Support Service provides settings with a significant and extensive level of expertise. We have experience of successfully supporting a number of schools and pre schools in the past few years. We strongly believe that the best way of improvement is through school-to-school support. Our track record demonstrates that the support we can offer can support schools in an ‘Ofsted category’ and set them on a journey towards Outstanding.


In addition to internal support to our MET Schools we have externally supported 25 additional schools, tailored to meet the needs of each school. 


We have expertise at all levels of teachers; middle leaders and support staff and at National Leaders of Education (NLE) level. We can offer a variety of support and relationships that can be built on a formal and sometimes informal level through coaching, mentoring and one to one support. Our Trust has NLEs (who has experience of leading Ofsted inspections), Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and Mercian Leaders of Education (MLEs) who are Lead Professionals in their areas of expertise.  

Our School to School Support offer

The School-to-School Support Programme offer from MET is extensive and bespoke according to need. It is led by our NLE who will broker the bespoke expertise required. This may be at leadership level of support by our experienced NLE or delivered by SLEs, MLEs, Curriculum Leaders and / or a wide range of other experienced practitioners who are trained in outreach guidance, including Business Management and non-teaching role support.

MET is highly experienced in delivering efficient, personable and cost effective support, having worked with a range of schools in recent years, to secure improvements at all levels. A number of supported schools have improved Ofsted grade during this period. The time period of support is entirely negotiable and arranged according to need.

Who and what our Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and Mercian Leaders of Education (MLEs)?

SLEs and MLEs are senior or middle leaders, highly skilled in mentoring, supporting, leading and developing others. They have:

  • first class knowledge in their area of expertise
  • a minimum of two years’ experience in a significant leadership role
  • a successful track record supported by substantial evidence of impact and sustainable improvements
  • the support of their headteacher and chair of governors to be released for a mutually agreed allocation of time each year

They can:

  • come to your school or invite you into theirs
  • work with colleagues in your school
  • share their resources
  • draw up action plans
  • model best practice in the classroom
  • coach and mentor colleagues
  • develop staff and teams
  • observe lessons
  • monitor and evaluate learning
  • lead CPD
  • lead meetings
  • lead individuals, groups or all staff

Our School-to-School Support Team

Stuart Busby

National Leader of Education

Experienced Head Teacher and Ofsted Lead

Chris Hansen

Local Leader of Education

Experienced Executive Head Teacher

Nikki Selby

Mercian Leader of Education


Safeguarding Champion



Cathy Spence

Specialist Leader of Education

Teaching and Learning 

Gemma Simpson

Specialist Leader of Education

EYFS – Focus Reception Provision

Stu Kent

Specialist Leader of Education

EYFS – Focus Pre School Provision

Michelle Everett

Mercian Leader of Education


Laura Edkins

Mercian Leader of Education

Special Needs

Sarah Green

Mercian Leader of Education



During the last 12 months we have gained significant experience of working with a range of settings to secure significant improvements, which have been recognised by Ofsted.


'Leaders have received effective support from the school’s external consultant and from a national leader of education. This has enabled leaders to validate their judgements, check the accuracy of teachers’ assessments and provide high-quality training for staff.'


We have also worked with a range of stakeholders to secure Emergency School Improvement Fundings to support settings currently in, or at risk of being in,  an Ofsted Catergory. The positive impact of this work has recently been recognised by HMI:


'The school has engaged with a range of external support. This has been provided through the Diocese of Worcester, an NLE from the Mercian Education Trust and support commissioned through the local authority. For example, the coaching provided through the NLE has developed the leadership skills of the SENCo and the deputy headteacher. Teachers have received training that has improved their subject knowledge of what pupils in each year group should be learning in reading, writing and mathematics. Each aspect of this support has been effective but much of it has only recently begun to have any impact on progress towards the removal of special measures.'


'The SEND coordinator (SENCo) and the deputy headteacher have benefited from the support provided by a national leader of education (NLE). This has enabled them to shape improvements in aspects of their roles. For example, the SENCo has sharpened the process for identifying pupils with additional needs. She has provided appropriate training for teachers and support staff and has raised teachers’ expectations of what pupils with SEND can achieve. The deputy headteacher has responsibility for the impact of the pupil premium grant, the additional funding the school receives to support disadvantaged pupils. She has acted upon the recommendations from the pupil premium review which was carried out five months after the inspection. For example, leaders have recently introduced a system that ensures they are able to make termly checks on the progress that disadvantaged pupils make. This means that leaders are beginning to have a better understanding of the value of the additional interventions that are put into place to support this group of pupils.'


How to request School to School Support

The best way to enquire about our School to School Support offer is to contact Stuart Busby via email or by telephone on (01684) 574497


Quality Assurance and testaments for previous work and schools worked with are also available by contacting Stuart Busby. @MET_STSS