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North Avon Teaching School Alliance

Opportunities

Specialist Leaders of Education

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) offer support to individuals and teams in similar roles in other schools.

They are experienced leaders who have demonstrated outstanding practice and can draw on specialist knowledge and expertise whilst being flexible in meeting the needs of different schools.

Subject Specialist Leaders of Education

Subject Specialists are teaching or non-teaching staff who have expertise in an area such as SEND, data, school finance, attendance or who have expert subject knowledge which could be shared with other schools to support improvement.

They are excellent practitioners in the field who don’t yet meet all the criteria for being a SLE for a reason such as lack of experience in school to school support, they are a non-teaching member of staff, or someone who hasn’t yet been in a leadership role for long enough.

What is a ‘teaching school’?

Existing schools rated either as good or outstanding schools by Ofsted can apply to the Education Skills and Funding Agency to be designated as a ‘Teaching School’ and must undergo an extensive vetting/assessment process to achieve this.

If successful, the school receive a small annual grant paid directly to the school that enables them to build the leadership and administrative capacity to lead the work.

What does it do?

Essentially, it’s about helping schools and other organisations to work together more effectively for the benefit of teachers and students.

Opportunities that we anticipate being able to access are as follows:

  • Working together with even more schools to improve teaching and learning and the school experience for our young people.
  • More teaching training placements and high quality teacher recruitment.
  • Staff becoming Specialist Leaders in Education. Improving and developing our own teaching practices and working more closely with partners to support their work.
  • Wider and more diverse professional development for our staff.
  • Cutting-edge research and innovation projects.

Why the ‘North Avon Teaching School’?

Despite BSCS being named as the lead school, the bid is in fact a partnership between the Olympus Academy Trust and Castle School Education Trust.

We wanted to give the school it's own unique name so that it sets itself apart from our other schools and the two Trusts involved.

Who leads the teaching School?

Victoria Boynton is the Teaching School Director, working closely with senior leaders on all aspects. For enquiries about the teaching school please contact admin@olympustrust.co.uk.  

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