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1 What is the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance? (OTSA)

2 What are Teaching Schools? Teaching Schools are part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to enable school leaders to take increasing responsibility for managing the education system. Teaching Schools

3 What is OTSA? The Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance is a growing partnership of Oxfordshire schools, Oxfordshire County Council, The University of Oxford, The University of Reading, Oxford Brookes University and other significant educational organisations. OTSA Partners Map

4 Lead? Strategic Partner? Partner? Lead Schools – designated by the NCTL and have overall responsibility Strategic Partners take responsibility for delivery of a specific area of work within at least one key area Partners are contributing to, or participating in, at least one of the key areas. Partnership Descriptors Partnership Descriptors

5 What is OTSA’s Vision? Our vision is that by bringing together the strengths of all OTSA partners we have a unique opportunity to develop a sustainable culture of aspiration, collaboration and excellence leading to a world class education for all young people in Oxfordshire. OTSA Vision

6 What does OTSA do? OTSA is working in 7 key areas: Initial Teacher Training Research and Development School to School Support CPD and Leadership Development SEND NQT Induction Professional Learning Networks

7 Initial Teacher Training Select applicants for teacher training who are right for your school Participate in innovative school led and school based teacher training Access a pool of high quality NQTs seeking employment within the alliance Initial Teacher Training Initial Teacher Training

8 Research and Development Priority access to funded research and development opportunities Engage in school based research in collaboration with world class universities Work with other schools and share outcomes of action research to improve teaching and learning R & D

9 School to School Support Priority access to school to school support from a pool of NLEs, LLEs and and subject experts Priority access to a range of school improvement programmes, e.g. peer review Ofsted preparation Provide development opportunities for your staff and improve retention STSS

10 CPD and Leadership Development Priority booking and discounts on OTSA courses and CPD programmes Develop your own CPD with marketing and administration managed by OTSA Access a wide range of school based CPD opportunities through a personalised ‘alert’ system CPD

11 SEND Priority access to SEND CPD programmes suitable for both mainstream and special schools Access school support from school based professionals with SEND specialist knowledge Networking opportunities for professionals involved in SEND SEND

12 NQT Induction Access a high quality, value for money, NQT Induction support package designed by schools Access a range of high quality school and university led NQT training Preferential rate for the induction support package and selected training NQT

13 Professional Learning Networks Participate in establishing and co-ordinating a range of Professional Learning Networks Exchange knowledge and skills across schools, universities and other organisations Access peer to peer professional development, support and challenge PLNs

14 How do I join OTSA? Joining OTSA as a Partner or Strategic Partner provides many benefits, is simple and is free. Application forms may be downloaded from the OTSA website. Join

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