Memorandum Of Understanding

 Responsibilities of the Teaching School

1.    Deployment and Quality Assurance

 It is the responsibility of the Teaching School to deploy SLEs and LLEs fairly and equitably.

 1.1              When a client school seeks to commission an SLE or LLE, the headteacher of the home school will always be contacted first to check that the SLE can be deployed, or that the Governing Body approves the deployment of an LLE.  SLEs will only be contacted when the permission of their headteacher has been obtained.  If there are several SLEs available with the appropriate expertise, the client school will choose which SLE is to be deployed.

 1.2              The Teaching School will act as broker between the home school and the client school to ensure that all parties are clear from the outset about

  • The purpose of the deployment.
  • The main activities.
  • The impact measures.
  • The period of the deployment, and the milestones.
  • The accountability structure in the client school, so that any minor or organizational issues can be quickly resolved.
  • The fee structure as set out in the Charging Policy (Appendix 1).

 1.3              The Teaching School will quality assure the work of LLEs and SLEs through

  •  Drawing up a document for each deployment which records the purpose, expected activities, impact measures and milestones, number and length of visits, cost and invoicing arrangements.
  • Providing a quality assurance process to monitor each SLE/LLE and each deployment.
  • Providing training and support to SLEs and LLEs as required by the National College/funding agent and in line with the standards of the Teaching School.

 2.    Insurance

 The Teaching School will ensure that adequate insurance is in place to protect all parties in the event of injury, accident or litigation in the course of school-to-school support.

 3.    Communication

 3.1              All communication about the deployment and during the deployment must go through the Teaching School and must be by email or be confirmed by email so that there is a clear audit trail.

 3.2              Any variations to the arrangements for deployment must be discussed and agreed with the Teaching School first.

 Eg., neither client school, nor an individual SLE may increase the agreed commitment – the SLE is employed by their home school, and all release is brokered by the Teaching School.

 3.3              Any concerns arising during the deployment (from either the SLE/LLE, or the client school) must be communicated to the Teaching School, by email.

 4.    Responsibilities of and protocols for SLEs

 4.1              Training

  •  SLEs/LLEs must be prepared to attend any mandatory training as required by the National College of Teaching and Learning.
  • SLEs/LLEs must be prepared to attend training provided by the Teaching School Alliance to develop their effectiveness.  This will be out of school time.
  • SLEs/LLEs must have a full understanding and recent (ie., within 3 years) training in Child Protection, and must have an enhanced CRB check.

 4.2              Quality Assurance

  •  SLEs/LLEs must agree to the QA document for each deployment, uphold it in full, and must not add or take on additional commitment without referring this to the Teaching School.

 4.3              Health and Safety

  •  The SLE/LLE must make themselves aware of and adhere to the Health and Safety policies and procedures of the client school.

 4.4              Availability

  •  The LLE/SLE must be willing to undertake support work for 15 days per year (with the consent of their headteacher or Governing Body, as appropriate).

 Responsibilities of the Home School

5                    The home school is the employer of the SLE/NLE.  It is the responsibility of the home school to ensure that all employment legislation is upheld.

 In addition, the home school must

 5.1              Training

  •  Ensure that the SLE/LLE’s enhanced CRB check is up to date and provide details of that check, including the CRB clearance number and details of any disclosures, to SLE@northern-alliance.net.  The home school is responsible for the SLE/LLEs regular training in Child Protection.
  •   Release the SLE/LLE for any mandatory training as required by the NCTL.  To develop their effectiveness in their role, the home school should release the SLE/LLE for training provided by the Teaching School Alliance.  This will normally be outside school time.

 5.2              Insurance and Health & Safety

  •  Ensure that adequate insurance cover is in place to cover the SLE for any accidents or injuries sustained whilst undertaking SLE deployment, including use of car for work purposes.
  • Ensure that adequate insurance is in place to protect the home school from any lawsuit or litigation that may arise from advice given to the client school.
  • Have adequate health and safety procedures, policies and training in place to ensure that the SLE does not take any unnecessary risks whilst undertaking SLE deployment, eg., lone working, manual handling and work/life balance.

 5.3              Remuneration

  •  Have a pay policy which includes clear guidance for any remuneration to the LLE/SLE by the Home School.  It is up to each individual home school to decide whether and how SLEs/LLEs should be remunerated for their work.  The Alliance’s scale of charges includes preparation time within the daily rate (see Charging Policy).  If preparation is undertaken in the SLE/LLE’s own time, the home school may decide to recognize that.
  •  Have a clear policy for reimbursement of travel and subsistence costs.
  •  Invoice the Teaching School for the agreed number of days immediately after the first day of employment.

 Responsibilities of and Protocols relating to the Client School

 6                   The client school which requests the services of the SLE/LLE must

 6.1              Training

  •  Provide a brief induction to the SLE/LLE at the start of the contract, giving information on Fire Safety procedures, school maps, key staff and any other useful information.

 6.2              Health and Safety

  •  Ensure that the SLE/LLE is made aware of any specific Health and Safety risk to them that may arise during their deployment.
  •  Provide a copy of the Health and Safety Policy to the Teaching School, as requested.
  • Ensure that adequate third party liability insurance is in place.

 6.3              Deployment

  •  Ensure that all communication is directed through the Teaching School, not to the home school or SLE, prior to any deployment.
  • Ensure that staff within the client school co-operate with the SLE/LLE and provide appropriate and timely information as requested.
  • Ensure that the SLE has a contact in the Senior Leadership of the client school so that any minor or organizational issues can be quickly resolved.
  • Not share any resources or documents provided by the SLE/LLE with any third party, without their express written permission.

 6.4              Quality Assurance

  •  Agree the outcomes, timescales, charge, number and duration of visits for the SLE/LLE in advance of any visits and adhere to this plan.
  • Provide feedback to the Teaching School regarding each deployment and its impact and outcomes.

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