Cambridgeshire Teaching School Alliances and Local Authority
Ever since the teaching schools initiative began in 2011, there has been a strong impetus for collaboration and school-led improvement. The Department for Education Whitepaper (March 2016), ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ highlights the pivotal role Teaching Schools play in growing a self-sustaining, self-improving, school-led system. There are currently 765 Teaching Schools and 596 Alliances in the UK and each has the responsibility to coordinate school based teacher training, provide or broker school to school support and provide professional development for teachers and leaders. Whilst collaboration within each alliance is assumed, there are established collaborative strategy groups, including the Cambridgeshire Schools Improvement Board, which demonstrate the will to go further and build strength between alliances and the Local Authority in Cambridgeshire. Collectively we can see the bigger picture and work strategically to bring about the best educational outcomes for the children of Cambridgeshire. A new leadership development and CPD strategy group came together in April 2016 to explore the possibility of building a clearer picture of the professional development offer in Cambridgeshire. This group crosses county boundaries, and includes representation from all Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) who work with Cambridgeshire schools and the Local Authority. The group has been discussing its ‘core purpose’. Two key elements of this include:
- clearly identifying and communicating the leadership development and CPD offer from Cambridgeshire facing TSAs and the Local Authority to schools;
- undertaking needs analysis of leadership development and CPD, helping to identify gaps in provision, location, workforce entitlement, and then considering how best these could be addressed.
The group agreed as its first task to create an overview document to provide a snapshot of the whole leadership development and CPD offer for schools in Cambridgeshire. This has proved a challenging task. The group aimed to consolidate the information currently available from a range of sources, not only to make it easier to spot the right course, but also to ensure that in the long term, collectively we are creating programmes which complement and respond to the strategic leadership development and CPD needs of the county.
The information has been collated into a single spreadsheet and can be accessed by clicking the logo below or visiting http://www.cambridgeshiretsas.org.uk