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North Avon Teaching School Alliance

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Training Offer

We have a huge range of training available to all schools. Please visit the dedicated CPD portal here.

For teachers and TAs we produce and publish a quick read bitesized research newsletter each term.

You can read these here:

Bitesize Research TERM 3 2019-20 This edition focusses on ‘structured talk’.

Bitesize Research TERM 2 2019-20 This edition focuses on exemplification to support explanation

What is a ‘Teaching School’?

For more information about our Teaching School click here.

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.

We receive a small annual grant to enable us to build the leadership and administrative capacity to lead the work. Our training programmes are designed to be self-funding.

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

Please contact us at admin@olympustrust.co.uk if you would like to apply to be an SLE with us or if you would like to broker the support of an SLE for your school.

Subject Specialists

Subject Specialists are teaching or non-teaching staff who have expertise in an area such as SEND, data, school finance, attendance or classroom practice 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.

Please contact us at admin@olympustrust.co.uk if you would like to apply to be an SLE with us or if you would like to broker the support of an SLE for your school.

What do we offer?

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

Opportunities that we can access:

  • Working together 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’?

Our Teaching School is a partnership between the Olympus Academy Trust and Castle School Education Trust so we felt that it was better to give it a name that was more about its geographical reach than either of our two organisations. We are outward-facing and inclusive, hence we chose a name which isn’t aligned with a particular school or Trust.

Who leads the Teaching School?

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

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