Formed in April 2016 and managed and administered by The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, The Cotswold Teaching School Partnership (CTSP) brings together a range of local primary and secondary schools with a prime focus on improving the educational experience of pupils in our schools and to support and develop teachers professionally.
CTSP’s work centres around the following six areas.
1. To play a greater role in training new entrants to the teaching profession, in particular this is developing the new models of teacher training which are more based in schools, whilst working alongside Universities.
3. To identify and develop leadership potential; succession planning and talent management. There is much evidence to show the importance of leadership in schools and this is at all levels. This is not about finding ‘super-heads’, rather equipping teachers as they move through the profession to have the highest quality leadership skills.
4. To provide support for other schools. This may be where another local school has a particular need for support in terms of their own school improvement and the Teaching School would help to arrange that support. There is no suggestion that any one school, be they a Teaching School or not, has all the answers. A key role for a Teaching School alliance is to build relationships between schools so that support can be targeted where it is most needed, and in a way which is valued by the schools involved to ensure the best outcomes for the children and young people.
5. To designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs). SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools, and as such are able to support professional learning and school improvement. A particular strength of this model is the recognition that there are many outstanding practitioners in schools which may not have the ‘outstanding’ Ofsted label (and are therefore unable to apply to be a Teaching School). As such, a Teaching School can designate SLEs drawing from any other school.
6. To engage in research and development. This may involve working with universities, experts in a particular field in education, or expert practitioners across schools to continue to develop a culture of professional learning, committed to being at the forefront of school based educational research.