Locality Pilots: Opportunity to Bid

Deadline 11th February

‘Educating for the future: developing new locality models for English schools’ – an invitation to local areas to pilot new approaches to locality working

An opportunity for local areas to pilot new approaches to locality working

The AEC Trust is seeking applications from local areas interested in piloting and testing new approaches to locality working in three areas. 3 Pilots are planned for each area, 9 pilots in all:

• Pilot 1 – Support for Vulnerable Young People
• Pilot 2 – Exploring the potential of working across a Combined or Sub-Regional Authorities as the basis for supporting the
improvement of all schools
• Pilot 3 – Toward a new model of accountability: strengthening professional accountability, including school self-evaluation,
teacher and school development, and reporting, within the overall framework of a locality partnership focused on improvement
across the local area.

The pilots will build on previous research sponsored by the AEC Trust and BELMAS, undertaken by Jonathan Crossley Holland and Susan Cousins entitled ‘Developing New Locality Models for English Schools’ which was published in March 2021 – you can find the final report here.

The pilots will run for 2 years from April 2022 until April 2024 and be independently externally evaluated. A final report on learning from the pilots will be published.

More details of the Steering Group and support available and what would be involved are included in the attached EOI document.

The deadline for initial applications is the 11th February. Applications should be sent to jcrossleyholland@gmail.com. We expect the final pilot selections to be made on 11th March.

Date: Deadline 11th February 2022