The launch of Tendring Teaching School Alliance (TTSA)
The TTSA is a partnership of 19 local primary, secondary, special schools and higher education providers such as the London Institute of Education.
Our launch, on Monday 22 September 2014, was extremely successful, with over 60 Headteachers, teachers and educational professionals attending.
The alliance has a simple vision; ‘Working as one we will ensure that every child in all of our schools receive an outstanding education.’
Tendring Teaching School Alliance website
What is a Teaching School?
A Teaching school is an outstanding school that works 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.
The DfE has the goal that by March 2016, there will be a network of 600 teaching schools making significant improvements in the quality of teaching, leadership and pupil attainment.
Teaching schools must:
- have an outstanding rating from Ofsted
- provide evidence of successful partnerships
- show excellent leadership with a proven track record of school improvement
- have an outstanding Headteacher with at least 3 years experience
- have a leadership team with the capacity to lead the 6 core areas of the teaching school role
The 6 core areas (also known as 'The Big 6') central to the success of a teaching school are as follows:
1. Initial Teacher Training - lead role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession
2. Continuing Professional Development - peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
3. Leadership & Talent Management - identify and develop leadership potential
4. School to School Support - provide support for other schools
5. Specialist Leaders of Education - SLE designate and broker specialist leaders
6. Research and Development - engage and lead in educational research
Tendring Technology College was awarded Teaching School status as a result of its excellent history of supporting other schools and achieving Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ in 2013.