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Teaching schools

Teaching school alliances

Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the government's plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

Teaching schools work in partnership with other schools and form working alliances. Teaching school alliances (TSAs) do vary slightly in how they are governed and in what they offer, often tailoring their work to local needs.

Herts Teaching School Alliances Provision Map PDF

The following teaching school alliances in Hertfordshire have provided information on their initial teacher training and continuing professional development opportunities.

Acorns Teaching School Alliance

Our Teaching School Alliance is welcoming and inclusive of schools and early years settings across Hertfordshire and beyond. Our strategic partners include seven Hertfordshire nursery schools and a range of other primary schools and early years settings.

We aim to provide opportunities to share excellent professional learning and leadership development by working collaboratively with our alliance schools.

Initial teacher training arrangements: We run a tuition fee and salaried route School Direct Programme with Pilgrim Partnership for initial teacher training, with a focus on EYFS/ KS1. The programme is delivered at Ludwick Nursery School in Welwyn Garden City with high quality placements available in our Alliance early years/primary schools across Hertfordshire.

Accredited training: We also support teachers and leaders of the future, particularly those with an early years specialism, including an Early Years Teacher Led Development Workshop run by HertsCam. We train early years educators Level 2 and 3 in a bespoke course delivered at Ludwick Nursery School with expert mentoring and support from hubs.

Role in continuing professional development: We offer an innovative programme of professional learning and leadership development, based on peer to peer networks and sustained learning opportunities. There are twilight workshops on early years themes, such as writing and maths workshops. We embrace a school led self-improving system. We aim to support schools as they develop their provision for every child in our alliance schools and settings.

School to School Support: We deploy staff to support heads, senior leaders and teachers by strengthening partnerships and building collaboration between schools and settings.  We have successfully supported many schools to achieve good Ofsted outcomes.  We work in partnership with National Leaders of Governance to support governing bodies. We can offer school to school support between schools for either one off requests or long term support.

Contact Tel: 01707 375079
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The Advanced Learning Alliance

The Advanced Learning Alliance is a collaborative group of secondary schools, Hertfordshire University and the Wroxham Teaching School and in Hertfordshire working together to develop, sustain and promote an exceptional quality of education for our students.

Initial teacher training arrangements: We run a School Direct programme through Watford Grammar School for Girls and lead a school-led PGCE offered by Hertfordshire University. We recruit successfully into local schools and many trainees completing their training achieve Outstanding. We also offer a paid pre-ITT internship for prospective STEM teachers in June/July.

Role in continuing professional development: We offer a wide range of CPD opportunities, including subject enhancement in Physics and twilight inset across a range of subjects, Middle and Senior Leadership courses, Teacher-Led Development Work with HertsCam and a Business Managers’ Forum, among others.

Contact Tel: Nicola Nicolaou (Teaching School Manager) 01707 643 441
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Alban Teaching School Alliance

A network of over 20 partners, we are proud of our collaborative, progressive and professional approach.  Our mission is to inspire everybody with a career in education to love what they do and be the best that they can be.

Initial teacher training arrangements: The Alban Federation, working with Sandringham as the lead school, has been training teachers for over a decade. Training is hosted in schools across the area: every secondary school in St Albans and Harpenden works in the partnership. The federation was graded ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED at its last inspection.

Role in continuing professional development: We offer a wide range of professional learning opportunities, ranging from GO! (improving teaching from good to outstanding) to Inspiring Leaders (developing and energising future middle leaders). We pride ourselves on providing timely, tailored opportunities for schools and individuals, to release potential and enable great learning every day, for everyone.

Contact Tel: 01727 799560 ext 281

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Bishop’s Stortford Educational Trust SCITT

BSET SCITT is a school-led provider of initial teacher education and professional development. Your training with us will take place in high-quality schools, with fantastic students and great support.

BSET is a collaborative partnership of primary and secondary schools. We are based in Bishop’s Stortford and surrounding areas, including parts of Essex.

Initial teacher training arrangements: BSET SCITT provides school-centred initial teacher training within our family of schools. Our aim is to spot and nurture the outstanding teachers of the future, giving them the best possible training and support in their early careers.

We can offer training in the full range of secondary school subjects and primary age groups leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  We offer both the salaried training route and the fee-paying route. We also offer training during the first year of employment – the newly qualified teacher, probationary year.

Role in continuing professional development: We take continuous professional development very seriously and ensure a seamless transition to the probationary year.  BSET supports NQTs as well as offering a wide range of career development courses that can lead t

Contact Tel: 01279 603 104

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Dacorum Schools Alliance

The Dacorum Schools Alliance is a collaboration of schools, universities and local authority learning trusts in the West of Hertfordshire who have combined with the aim of sustaining and promoting an exceptional quality of education for the students and communities they serve. We comprise of 13 schools - Secondary, Special and PRU.

Initial teacher training arrangements: We currently offer exciting and varied opportunities for Teacher Training through the Schools Direct Programme and Assessment only routes (for the appropriately qualified participants). Our trainees will form a unique identifiable cohort who draw upon a range of support from each other as well as a range of participating schools.

Role in continuing professional development: Our CPD Programme is extensive and varied; closely matched to the needs of the Alliance. We will host Alliance led programmes for individuals as well as whole departments.

Contact: David Redwood. Tel: 01442 247476
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The Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance

Our TSA consists of approximately 35 schools, Herts for Learning, Buckinghamshire Learning Trust and two universities that cover all aspects of school education in South Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The TSA delivers an exceptional standard of school improvement, teacher training, CPD and research.

Initial teacher training arrangements: The School Direct programme is delivered in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire. The TSA Herts hub is based at Parmiter’s School and the Bucks hub is based at Dr Challoner’s High School and involves many schools across all phases of school education.

Role in continuing professional development: The TSA delivers the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leader’s (NPQML) and the Olevi accredited OTP, ITP and OTAP Programmes. The South Central Science Learning Partnership (SLP) is run through St Clement Danes school in association with STEM Learning. There is an NQT support programme, a leadership secondment scheme plus a large range of bespoke events and courses.

Contact Tel: 01923 284169
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North Herts Teaching Alliance

Working out of Hitchin, Stevenage, Letchworth, Baldock and beyond, our TSA works closely with Universities and Herts for Learning in order to raise the standards of education for all in the North Herts Area.

Initial teacher training arrangements: Our School Direct programme is run by Hitchin Boys' School in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire. We offer places in a wide range of subjects and phases, using the expertise of our outstanding teaching staff to support, train and retain candidates. We have a strong track record of nurturing excellent prospective teachers. 

Role in continuing professional development: We currently run a large range of CPD programs, all with an emphasis on networking across the alliance for teachers at various career stages. To support teachers in their early career we specifically offer the NQT+1 - for recently qualified teachers. In addition to programs we have created ourselves we also deliver the nationally recognised NPQML and NPQSL.

Contact Tel : Tina Stojko. 01462 621300

Round Diamond Teaching School Alliance

We are keen to enhance development of local schools by providing high-quality training and support for school improvement.

Initial Teacher Training: To enhance and engage in high quality teacher training and provide quality placements in local schools.  To recruit and retain outstanding trainees and deploy them locally during training and beyond.

Continuing Professional Development: To provide tailored training for staff at all stages of their career, enabling the rise in standards of teaching, learning and leadership across local schools.

School to School Support:  To share excellent practise school to school to ensure the highest quality of provision and allow every child to be the best they can be.

Contact TSA Administrator:  Angela Jones

Contact Tel:  01438 219410
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West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership

As an alliance of over 80 schools, we value working collaboratively with colleagues from all phases. We have strong links with other teaching schools across the Eastern and North London and South Central Region, Universities and Herts for Learning. We work nationally as a lead school for the Outstanding Leaders Partnership delivering National Professional Qualifications. We are also an Appropriate Body for NQTs and have a broad offer of CPD which focusses on developing teachers at every stage of their career.

Initial teacher training arrangements: We currently work with the SAF Pilgrim Partnership, experienced providers of classroom-based SCITT training, on our tuition fee route into teaching. The University of Hertfordshire is the provider for our salaried route into teaching. Both courses are very comprehensive providing a real depth of knowledge to trainees and give an exceptionally high success rate of good and outstanding trainees. The vast majority of our trainees quickly obtain employment in local schools. Many trainees attend our bespoke NQT programme.

Role in continuing professional development: As a lead school for the Outstanding Leaders Partnership we deliver NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL training. In addition high-quality CPD is available for all levels of school staff, including our comprehensive Professional Teaching Assistant Programme (ProTAP). We offer collaborative research and development opportunities through our HertsCAM teacher led development work. We also work with many schools delivering bespoke training at every level, delivered by our highly skilled team of Specialist Leaders of Education.

Contact Tel: 01442 406545
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The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance

Membership of our alliance is open to schools, individuals and organisations. We are keen to promote the core values and principles of 'learning without limits' in a culture of high-quality professional learning, where colleagues are trusted and empowered.

Initial teacher training arrangements: We offer both salaried and unsalaried School Direct primary teacher training placements with the University of Hertfordshire. Both training routes are based in school and are full time for one year.

Role in continuing professional development: We offer a range of professional learning opportunities for primary colleagues. Our courses are all bespoke and are inspired by the core principles of 'learning without limits'.

Contact Tel:  01707 643576
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Teaching School Hubs from September 2021

From September 2021, the way teaching schools work will change. The  new 'teaching school hub' programme will create a network of 87 centres of excellence for teacher training and development, focused on some of the best schools and multi-academy trusts in the country. This programme replaces the previous network of around 750 teaching schools, which will end in August 2021.

Teaching school hubs will provide high-quality professional development to teachers at all stages of their careers.

They will be expected to play a significant role in delivering:

Teaching school hubs will also promote and deliver other high-quality evidence-based professional development to school leaders and teachers.