What is a Teaching School Alliance (TSA)?
Teaching Schools lead within an alliance of schools and partners whose role is to work with others to provide high-quality training and support for school improvement in their local area. Their work is focused on 6 key areas through which their success is monitored and evaluated. These are:
- Delivering school-led Initial Teacher Training (ITT), including Schools Direct
- Providing tailored continuing professional development to staff across their alliances
- Supporting other schools, usually working with a school or academy in challenging circumstances to bring about improvement
- Identifying and developing future leaders
- Recruiting and managing specialist leaders of education: outstanding middle and senior leaders who develop leaders in other schools
- Building on existing research and sharing new research and development
More information about Teaching Schools can be found at the following links:
Most Teaching Schools operate with subscriptions and a memorandum of understanding to which schools sign to. There is a management/committee structure with representation from schools and partners within the alliance. This allows the teaching school to plan a range of professional development activity to support teachers and leaders at all stages of their career. Teaching Schools within a region can be licensed to deliver national leadership programmes and can act as an Appropriate Body for NQTs.
How do the Teaching Schools in Leicester/shire work together?
The Teaching Schools work closely together in a number of ways, whilst maintaining their own distinct identity. They all belong to the Teaching Schools Council and are bound by the protocols and processes of that body. All Teaching Schools are part of the South Yorkshire and Humber Teaching School Alliance and are represented in that group by named leaders who attend on behalf of all the Teaching Schools in Leicester/shire. This group plans strategically across the region to develop best practice and improve outcomes in priority areas. The directors of Teaching Schools meet regularly to discuss common issues and ensure that information is shared so that schools are not bombarded with different information or confusing messages coming from different sources.
Will Teaching Schools exist in the future?
It would be foolish to try and predict any future government policy so it is difficult to answer this question. What we do know is that teaching school alliances are operating within the current self-improving system and have demonstrated that they can offer a range of professional development and school to school support and, most importantly, make a positive difference. While schools, either as individuals or in groups, make decisions about Academisation, Teaching Schools continue to have a clear focus and remit. Those leading the Teaching Schools in Leicester/shire know that Teaching School alliances need to evolve to meet the needs of schools. They are committed to ensuring that all school leaders have the opportunity to participate in partnership and collaboration supports professional development and school improvement during this next phase of system evolution.
Website links to Teaching Schools Leicester/shire
Please click the website links for more information and contact details for each of the Teaching School in Leicester/shire.
Affinity Teaching School Alliance
Ash field Academy
Forest Way Teaching School Alliance
Loughborough Learning Alliance Teaching School
Oadby Learning Partnership LTD
Sir Johnathan North Community College
STEP Teaching School Alliance
Thomas Estley Learning Alliance
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All Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) have a statutory entitlement to a well-structured, monitored and supportive Induction year. This provides the transition between Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and a full career in teaching.
Alongside our very successful ITT Programmes, many Teaching Schools and Local Authorities (LA) have registered to become an appropriate body for the professional induction of NQTs.
This statutory process supports schools and academies to ensure that NQTs meet all the Teacher Standards by the end of their first year. Individual schools provide specific, mentoring and coaching to NQTs in their employment.
LA’s and Teaching Schools also offer a full package of professional development to support NQTs in developing the skills to be effective teachers and monitor their progress against the Teacher Standards. Led by high calibre senior leaders with a proven track record of excellent NQT development and support, the package can include a full day’s conference early in September to get the year off to a flying start, alongside sessions such as assessment feedback and marking, working with support staff, analysing data, use of IT, using behaviour management strategies, outstanding teaching and learning, working with parents/carers and other professionals and supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
Many Teaching Schools and LA’s also offer a Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) programme for those in the second or third year of their career or those returning to teaching after a gap. Sessions build on the CPD offered in the NQT year and also focus on early leadership skills and career development.
Initial Teacher training in Leicester and Leicestershire will set you up to succeed from the very start. The variety of opportunities available in Leicester and Leicestershire means you’re always learning as a teacher and growing your professional skills. You’ll develop the talents to succeed in your career, and realise many professional and personal ambitions. Please click here to find out more about professional development in Leicester and Leicestershire. You can also find out more general information about career development by visiting Get into Teaching.
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Leicester and Leicestershire have many years of experience in trading services the education sector and are on hand to discuss and plan your requirements as well as offering advice, support and training. The services both the city and the county offer are delivered by experts, who care passionately about what they do and achieve job satisfaction by securing the best possible outcomes through a full understanding of your school and/or academy. Leicester and Leicestershire can assist schools in finding innovative solutions which in turn help schools to maintain and raise standards
Trading is important to us – and we run our business alongside our public services. With reducing grant from the government, this helps to make public services in Leicestershire more sustainable for the future
For more information, please visit the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Authority websites:
Since 2004 the University of Leicester have designed, developed and delivered CPD for over 10,000 education professionals. CPD can be a great way to sustain personal development across your career and is an opportunity to focus on your learning and to allow you to achieve the most for yourself and your students. The University of Leicester has close relationships with partner schools to ensure that they are aware of, and tackle during sessions, the varied developments and challenges currently facing modern teaching. Please visit University of Leicester’s website for Education CPD+ and EAP Teacher Development Programme for more information.
You may also be interested in the Master of Education programme led by the University of Leicester for teachers in the region. Please click here for more information
What is STELLAR?
STELLAR (Science and Technology Education in Leicester and Leicestershire and Regions) is STEM’s regional Science Hub serving Leicester and Leicestershire. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Learning Network, is the largest UK provider of subject-specific Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers and technicians working with pupils aged 5 to 19. Together, through a range of bursaries we offer affordable CPD for science.
Supporting teachers and technicians to:
- develop their teaching approaches, pedagogy and subject knowledge in order to provide the best education available
- inspire pupils to achieve their full potential and develop the next generation of scientists, engineers and technicians.
What can STELLAR offer you?
STELLAR offer a wide range of support for schools including:
Primary and Secondary Science networks for leaders and teachers, up to date CPD courses, links with STEM Ambassadors and bespoke consultancy work
Where is STELLAR based?
STELLAR is based at Forest Way Teaching School Alliance in Coalville, Leicestershire. To contact us, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to visit the STELLAR website
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The Leicester/shire local Science hub is the Leicestershire Education Business Company (LEBC).
LEBC was set up in 1992 as an independent charity, to create a one stop shop for employers, schools and colleges with the aim of helping young people to prepare for working life. LEBC is governed by a Board of Trustees who represent senior people from business, schools, colleges and Leicester City and County Local Authorities.
LEBC services include:
- Work Experience
- National Citizen Service
- Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
- Business Mentoring
- STEM Learning Ambassador Programme
- Primary and Secondary Enrichment Events
- Apprenticeships Information and Recruitment Service
- Membership Service
- Nuffield Research Placements
- Health and Safety Audits
Engaging with schools
LEBC provides opportunities for employers/University students to promote their sector, job opportunities and experiences to young people. Key points:
- Anybody can give talks to groups of young people. This is what leaders of schools and colleges want more of, from research carried out by LEBC
- Anyone can be a STEM Ambassador and join a network of volunteers who champion STEM careers. If your school/college want to give pupils the opportunity to hear about STEM careers, LEBC have volunteers who are provided with guidance and training for working with schools, a free enhanced DBS check and are covered by the scheme’s insurance once fully approved. LEBC only ask that Ambassadors commit to a minimum one activity per year but many do a lot more
- Ambassadors have the opportunity to set a curriculum project on a topic which you are knowledgeable in
- Ambassadors can also become a mentor to support vulnerable young people to achieve their potential. If this is something your school/college is interested in, please contact LEBC.
- Access to young people to promote your sector and job opportunities which you have.
- Personal development, e.g. experience of presenting information to groups of young people.
- New contacts through networking with others.
- Confidence and understanding through the training and briefings which we will provide for you.
- A sense of pride and motivation, knowing that you are making a difference. It is evidence of your commitment to Corporate, Social, Responsibility (CSR).
- Experience of mentoring and coaching a young person in need
About Maths Hubs
The core purpose of Maths Hubs is to help schools and colleges lead improvement in mathematics education in England. They seek to harness all the maths leadership and expertise within an area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. They are part of the wider development of school-led system leadership in England.
What is a Maths Hub?
Each Maths Hub is a partnership, led locally by an outstanding school or college. The lead school identifies strategic partners, who help plan and evaluate the hub’s work, and operational partners, who help carry out the hub’s work. So, the hub is not just the lead school or college – instead, it is more like a maths leadership network involving schools, colleges and other organisations with maths education expertise from across the hub’s area.
Where are the Maths Hubs and who do they serve?
There are 35 Maths Hubs that together serve all the regions of England. Each Maths Hub is open to working with any schools and colleges, from early years’ providers to post-16 institutions, in the broad geographical area that it covers. The benefits for schools and colleges engaging with their local Maths Hubs include:
- Access to free or subsidised professional development programmes
- Up-to-date information about all local maths education activities
- Participation in a network of local leaders of maths educations (LLMEs)
How do teachers and schools connect with or work with a Maths Hub?
If teachers, schools or groups of schools are seeking support from a Maths Hub, they should contact their nearest Maths Hub to see what work it is doing and how it might be able to support. Similarly, teachers or schools may have ideas for work or expertise they would like to share with the Maths Hub. Again, they should contact the Maths Hub leadership to discuss their proposals.
How and when were Maths Hubs established?
The lead school or college for each Maths Hub is selected through a rigorous process run by the Department for Education (DfE), the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). The selection process identifies schools that demonstrate the credibility, capacity and commitment to lead a Maths Hub. The first 32 Maths Hubs were announced in July 2014, with the 35th, and most recent, Maths Hub being established in November 2015.
How are Maths Hubs funded to do their work?
The DfE is the principal sponsor of the Maths Hubs Programme. Each Maths Hub receives funds to cover both structural costs and project costs. Other organisations also sometimes sponsor particular Maths Hub projects. For example, the Education Endowment Foundation has supported two trials in the field of mathematical reasoning.
How do the Maths Hubs work together?
The 35 Maths Hubs work together as part of a collaborative national network that is co-ordinated by the NCETM. This allows them to share experience and expertise and to collaborate as they work towards common goals. Together, the Maths Hubs network seeks to provide a collective national leadership and voice for maths education. To facilitate this, there is a termly meeting of a Maths Hubs Council, and all those involved in Maths Hub leadership come together each term at the National Maths Hubs Forum. Communication at other times is supported by online tools and communities.
Who else do Maths Hubs work with?
The Maths Hubs network benefits from the support of a number of Strategic Advisers. These include Ofsted, the Teaching School Council, the Joint Mathematical Council (JMC), and the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME).
All Maths Hubs seek to build capacity locally by working with a range of partners including Teaching Schools; mathematics Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs); NCETM CPD Standard holders; NCETM accredited Professional Development Leads; universities; subject associations; and employers. As well as this there are a number of organisations that support across the Maths Hubs network. For examples of Maths Hubs’ work, please see the What Maths Hubs are doing pages.
For more information please visit the Maths Hub website.