School Improvement

Our services

Our strong team, with decades of experience can provide you with a wide range of services to assist you with school improvement.

Our services are open to all primary schools. We have a very strong link with the Diocese of Blackburn and other CE Dioceses in the North of England and work with faith schools in local Catholic Dioceses, community schools in nine different Local Authority areas and with MATs, providing support for due diligence, school improvement support and quality assurance.

NEW for 2023/24 – we are extended our team and welcoming advisers with secondary and special school headteacher experience.

See the sections below for details of our:

Service Level Agreement (SLA) provide you with a whole range of school improvement support including support with self evaluation, school reviews, CPD, senior appointments, appraisal and so much more.

Consultancy led by our experienced team of school advisers led by Paul Duckworth, bringing extensive knowledge across a range of areas.

Training including highly regarded termly senior leader briefings, key CPD courses and bespoke CPD in school.

Service Level Agreement

High Quality School Improvement

A flexible and bespoke SLA package to suit the needs of your school so we can all serve our schools and children.

Costs for April 2023 to March 2024:

Single school          £3250 (plus VAT)

Collaborations/federations     £4450 (plus VAT)

SLAs can be entered into at any point in the school year and the cost adjusted pro rata. 

What's included in your SLA Package

Consultancy from our Advisers

More than just SLAs

DBE Services School Improvement team offer more than SLAs. With vast experience as both primary headteachers and advisers the team bring valuable insight, knowledge and expertise to their consultancy work. You can see the wide range of work we offer outside of SLAs in the image below.

Spotlight Practitioner
As a Spotlight practitioner Paul uses this tool to support leadership development in school. The spotlight profile would be charged separately (currently £75 per person) but SLA time (or additional adviser time) can be used to provide feedback and coaching support. We also have other Spotlight practitioners in our ‘DBE Partnership’ (including a number of headteachers) so schools have the option of working with a coach who is not their school adviser if they wish.

Full day of adviser support - £600 (plus VAT)
Half day of adviser support - £300 (plus VAT)
Twilight session of adviser support - £200 (plus VAT)

MAT School Improvement Offer

We are really happy to have a conversation with any MAT, even in its development phase, about how we could be your strategic School Improvement partner.  We already work with a range of MATs across the North-West and are really open for a discussion to find a deliverable School Improvement solution that meets your need.  This could involve a bespoke offer based on the range of services we offer our schools through the SLA, and can also include MAT specific requirements on a consultancy basis. 

Training & CPD

Latest events and training opportunities

Details of the courses we are currently offering can be found here, or send an e-mail to Tracey in our admin team: 

Other CPD

In-school INSET can be delivered to suit the needs of the school…Twilight (2 hours) – £350Half-day (3 hours) – £450Full day (6 hours) – £750

Cluster INSET

This can be organised by arrangement – for which there is a separate charging structure. 

Meet The Team

Our Advisers

Paul Duckworth

Head of School Improvement

Carolyn Singleton

Full-time School Adviser


Full-time School Adviser

Tracey Hargreaves

School Support Officer

All our advisers have successful primary headship experience (often in a number of different schools). Four of our advisers have experience as Senior Advisers in a Local Authority, two at Head of Service level.

We are very proud to have the following experienced advisers in our team, working alongside Paul, Carolyn and Nick:
– Alison Mitchell
– Chris Lawler
– Heather Wareing
– Jill Walmsley
– Jonathan Hewitt
– Julie Webster
– Karen Alty (serving headteacher)
– Mark Bradshaw
– Sue Pittendreigh (serving headteacher)
– Sharon Bowker (serving headteacher)

If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch please email: