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1 Solving problems and staying sane Two teaching schools working in partnership

2 + Brief history In 2011 approached by colleague in Training School to see if we would consider becoming a Teaching school Initially had three of us around the table Was asked by the LA to open it up to all outstanding schools First application failed but we were given a green light in all areas Second application succeeded in February 2012 One Teaching Schools Alliance – two Teaching Schools Always have more than one TS in your Alliance – just in case!

3 + Funding You only get one set of funding per Alliance, even if you have two or more TS in your Alliance Decide beforehand how you will allocate the core funding (£60K, £50k, £40k and £40k) We have allocated the core to back office support (Administrator £25k) and other core costs such as facility hire and website design. We appointed a Director of the TS and two other colleagues working on specific projects – Primary Schools Direct and School to School support. The time allocated by the Headteachers is significant and is not economically viable. Be prepared for a great deal of unpaid work by the school leader to make the project work

4 + The great divide The world of primary and secondary education can seem a million miles apart Very few of us have knowledge of post-16 provision and the agenda and, at the same time, understand early year provision and phonics We still specialise in our different age ranges and our work, in virtually all projects, is still age specific This may change Some primary and secondary colleagues are offering fantastic courses to skill Headteachers/Principals in the age range they are not familiar with

5 + Structure 1a Executive Board 8 members 6 meetings per year Executive Board 8 members 6 meetings per year Strategic Partners 20 members 4 sub-committees Strategic Partners 20 members 4 sub-committees Robert Wilkinson Robert Wilkinson Manor Everyone had an opinion. Very few wanted to do any work! Sub-committees became a talking shop. Some executive board members were asking what is in it for them! What can you give others is a truer reflection of what we are about. Find committed, visionary, executive board members

6 + Structure 2a Executive Board Up to 8 members 8 shorter meetings per year Executive Board Up to 8 members 8 shorter meetings per year WG 1 WG2 WG3 WG4 Working Groups meet when necessary and report to EB – doing stuff and not just talking Teaching School Company Executive Board members have to sign Alliance Agreement Partners are those doing things with us and need to sign a MoU

7 + Commitment levels Strategic Partners (high level) Member of Executive Board; Provide high levels of provision for S2S support (NLE/LLE/SLE); Support recruitment processes (e.g., SLEs/School Direct); Host School Direct trainees; Host apprenticeship opportunities and provide mentor support for Aspiring Leaders; Lead workshops; Speak at conferences; Exchange best practice; Provide practical support (e.g., conference/meeting venues); As a minimum, attend initial development conferences and updates; Keep abreast of ETSA activity via our website. Strategic Partners (high level) Member of Executive Board; Provide high levels of provision for S2S support (NLE/LLE/SLE); Support recruitment processes (e.g., SLEs/School Direct); Host School Direct trainees; Host apprenticeship opportunities and provide mentor support for Aspiring Leaders; Lead workshops; Speak at conferences; Exchange best practice; Provide practical support (e.g., conference/meeting venues); As a minimum, attend initial development conferences and updates; Keep abreast of ETSA activity via our website. Teaching School Partners (medium level) Host School Direct trainees; Host apprenticeship opportunities and provide mentor support for Aspiring Leaders; Lead workshops; Speak at conferences; Exchange best practice; Provide practical support (e.g., conference/meeting venues); As a minimum, attend initial development conferences and updates; Keep abreast of ETSA activity via our website. Teaching School Partners (medium level) Host School Direct trainees; Host apprenticeship opportunities and provide mentor support for Aspiring Leaders; Lead workshops; Speak at conferences; Exchange best practice; Provide practical support (e.g., conference/meeting venues); As a minimum, attend initial development conferences and updates; Keep abreast of ETSA activity via our website. Friends of the Alliance (associate level) Keep abreast of ETSA activity via our website. Friends of the Alliance (associate level) Keep abreast of ETSA activity via our website.

8 + What is the stuff we are doing? ITT Schools Direct first cohort: 10 Secondary 14 Primary Working with York St John University 50:50 funding ITT Schools Direct first cohort: 10 Secondary 14 Primary Working with York St John University 50:50 funding Developing Leaders EAL programme Doulos – Aspiring Leaders in Church Schools Developing Leaders EAL programme Doulos – Aspiring Leaders in Church Schools School to School Support Recruited 25 SLEs Wide range of NLEs, LLEs and NLGs School to School Support Recruited 25 SLEs Wide range of NLEs, LLEs and NLGs Underpinned by R&D

9 + Overcoming difficulties? ITT Not enough secondary Maths or Science Funding still very tight even with £33k Buy in from local schools ITT Not enough secondary Maths or Science Funding still very tight even with £33k Buy in from local schools Developing Leaders How to recruit the right types of emerging leaders Leadership in church schools Sustainable models Developing Leaders How to recruit the right types of emerging leaders Leadership in church schools Sustainable models School to School Support NO work for SLEs at the present time Reduced funding School to School Support NO work for SLEs at the present time Reduced funding Underpinned by R&D What really makes a difference? Underpinned by R&D What really makes a difference?

10 + Tips for surviving ITT Recruit more than 25 students Becomes financially sustainable the larger the cohort ITT Recruit more than 25 students Becomes financially sustainable the larger the cohort Developing Leaders Get buy in from diocese, however dont let them design the courses You are expert school leaders Developing Leaders Get buy in from diocese, however dont let them design the courses You are expert school leaders School to School Support Get commitment from partners and LAs to use your services Dont build your financial model on S2S School to School Support Get commitment from partners and LAs to use your services Dont build your financial model on S2S Underpinned by R&D Find a HE partner with a credible record for R&D Underpinned by R&D Find a HE partner with a credible record for R&D

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