Members of new Teaching School Alliance meet for first time

Inaugural meeting of the Teaching School Alliance. It will give four schools in Bury a leading role in the training and development of teachers and support staff.
Inaugural meeting of the Teaching School Alliance. It will give four schools in Bury a leading role in the training and development of teachers and support staff.
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A new group which will play a leading role in the training and development of teachers has met for the first time to finalise its aims.

Key partners of the West Suffolk All-Through Teaching School Alliance gathered in Bury St Edmunds to start to form a collaborative approach to supporting the development of excellence in teaching and leadership.

Headteachers as well as representatives from Suffolk County Council and Suffolk and Norfolk Initital Teacher Training were among those who met at Horringer Court Middle, which is one of four schools in the Government-backed Alliance.

The others are County Upper and Westley Middle while Barrow Primary is the lead school. It is the only primary led Teaching School Alliance in Suffolk.

Amanda Sands, director of the Alliance, said the meeting was ‘fruitful’ and that collaboration was key to making the model a success,

She said: “It’s important all Teaching Schools are seen as regional and the aim of the Government is to ensure they work together so all areas have excellent new teachers coming in.”

Their aims include:

n Making a significant contribution to raising standards in West Suffolk and beyond ensuring excellent outcomes

n Providing an expert level of school to school suppport and Continual Professional Development

n Providing coherent and bespoke services for schools and teachers

n Recruiting the best possible teacher trainees and provide excellent training

They also discussed a research and development project involving 10 schools in the county.