Redborne Upper School and Community College gained Teaching School status in June 2017. Working with our partner schools, the Redborne Teaching School Alliance (‘RTSA’) seeks to improve the quality of teaching and the quality of leadership through creating and supporting school improvement networks, realising talent and growing teaching and leadership potential within and between schools. This will be achieved by: training new teachers, enabling peer-to-peer learning, research inquiry focussing on school priorities and school support to help close the attainment gap.
The Head of the RTSA is Nigel Croft, Principal of Redborne Upper School and Community College. As a National Leader of Education, Nigel has supported many schools in challenging circumstances. We are delighted that Redborne’s status as a Teaching School sits alongside the school’s National Support School status enabling us to offer support more widely whilst giving our own staff additional professional development and career opportunities.
The aim of Redborne Teaching School Alliance is to support school improvement by forming a network to bring local coherence to initial teacher education, continuing professional development, leadership development and school to school support.
In November 2010 the previously named National College for School Leadership and the Teaching Agency, were asked to work alongside the TDA to designate and quality assure a new national network of teaching schools. Modelled on the concept of teaching hospitals, teaching schools were designated on the basis of being Outstanding and being of the highest quality; examples of the best schools in the country.
What is the core role of a teaching school?
Teaching schools are given the responsibility to :
(i)provide support for trainee teachers, leaders and other colleagues within the school setting by working in partnership. This includes making a contribution to initial teacher training, CPD and leadership development. This also means helping identifying potential school leaders at the beginning of their careers, and supporting them throughout their journey to fulfil their career ambitions.
(ii)Provide support for schools who may find themselves in challenging circumstances. This school-to-school support will involve working collaboratively with colleagues in another school, to implement long-term strategy and change to ensure continued improvement.
(iii)Make a contribution to the wider education system by working to create effective networks.
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Our partner schools within the Alliance are:
The Academy of Central Bedfordshire
Oak Bank School
Alameda Middle School
Woodland Middle School Academy
The Firs Lower School
Stratton Upper School
Vandyke Upper School and Community College