The Arthur Terry Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of twenty two schools across a geographical area that covers Birmingham, South Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Across such a wide geographical area there are schools of varying context, which all share a common goal of continuous school improvement through collaboration.
Richard Gill Headteacher at The Arthur Terry School in Sutton Coldfield is a National Leader of Education, an Associate for Entrust and presently sits on the Board for Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP). As a Cohort One Teaching School, Richard has been closely involved in the work of Teaching Schools since they were announced in 2000 and believes that they are one of the most exciting initiatives to come out of education in recent years.
As the Lead School for a newly accredited School Centred Initial Teacher Training course (SCITT), accredited in May 2012, trainees in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Drama are trained across the Teaching School Alliance. The school also leads on School Direct recruitment cross phase for the twenty two members of the alliance. Through a Teaching Agency research and development project an innovative approach to ITT has been developed incorporating the principles of a ‘Lesson Study Model’. The Teaching Fellows trained in collaboration with a local HEI on this project, are now responsible for R&D projects developing T&L across the alliance.
In addition the Alliance is currently working on a DfE funded Language project using talented and innovative practitioners leading on the development of KS2-3 transition and the development of quality of speaking and creative extended writing skills in the Secondary schools participating.
As a National College Lead School for CPD we deliver OTP, ITP and MLDP across the region. SLEs facilitate such programmes as well as contributing to more bespoke training developed for new entrants in to the profession and those aspiring to Leadership Group.