What is a Teaching School Alliance?

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Teaching school alliances are a key part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and take increasing responsibility for managing the school system.

They are outstanding schools leading part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom.

They hold a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school led system.

They work with others to provide high quality training and development to new and experienced school staff.

They offer mutually beneficial training and support, as well as identifying and coordinating expertise, using the best leaders and teachers to:

Play a greater role in the recruitment and training of new entrants to the profession, working with universities to ensure high quality school-led teacher training and professional development opportunities at all stages in their career.

Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development, providing training opportunities which teachers can access at all points in their career.

Identify and develop leadership potential, ensuring that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful leaders.

They provide support for other schools, improving performance at other schools by working with school leaders, staff and governors.

Designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs), focusing on developing leadership capacity, developing classroom expertise and developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.

They engage in research and development, building on new and existing research initiatives within the alliance, share learning from research and development work with the wider school system.

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