Latest Updates

Spring 2017

  •  Click here for our Science of Learning Conference on July 4th 2017


  • Our latest newsletter can be found here 



  • NFER have published research into the role of Teaching Schools in the development of research. Click here for a copy


  • The Teaching School Council has published an excellent review of effective primary teaching.  Click here for a copy


  • The Bell Foundation has published an Assessment Framework for EAL learners.  Access it here


  • The EEF report of marking can be found here and their report into effective KS1 literacy practices here





Working with us

Key questions and FAQs for partners



What is a strategic partner?


Strategic partners take a lead in an area of work; for example leading a programme.  They share in the decision making about the direction and work of the TSA and have representation on our strategic board.

Becoming an SP with Teamworks does not prevent you from working with other TSAs.



Why become a Strategic Partner?


Working as an SP allows partners to develop their own staff and capacity in key areas such as CPD and school to school support.  SP staff will get the opportunity to work beyond their own school, to develop practice and pedagogies both in themselves and others, to access research evidence and build their own capacity to improve outcomes for children.


How can we become one?


Strategic partners need to have the capacity to offer support and leadership in one of the six areas of Teaching Schools i.e. CPD, leadership development and

succession planning, research and development, Initial Teacher Training, Specialist Leaders in Education.  This may be in one specific sector of education (for example Early Years).  We are based primarily in Calderdale but you do not have to be a Calderdale school to join the TSA.

If you feel you have this capacity contact us and we can arrange to come and meet with you.



What is an Alliance Member?


Alliance members do not take a lead role in one of the six areas but can fully access all of the training opportunities and build their capacity over time, if they wish, to become a Strategic Partner and take leadership of an area.

Becoming an AM with Teamworks does not prevent you from working with other TSAs.



Why become an Alliance Member?


Working as an AM allows you to access support from the TSA, for example training your own teachers, discounted fees for events and Appropriate Body fees.  It can also help you meet key targets in your school development plan by building the capacity of your staff over time.  Staff may observe ITE training sessions with the view to leading some in the future or work alongside shadowing colleagues experienced as SLEs in school to school support.


How can we become one?


Just contact us to express your interest in becoming part of our alliance and we will come and meet with you.


Do we have to become a SP or AM to work with Teamworks?


No; you can work with Teamworks in an informal and ad hoc way if you wish.  You may want to take an ITE student from us or come to our CPD.  You can work with as many Teaching Schools as you choose in this.




Organisational level

Roles and responsibilities

Teaching Schools

  1. To maintain the Ofsted grading that allows the TSA to remain designated.
  2. To be responsible for returns and reporting to NCTL.
  3. To receive and account for core funding to members and NCTL
  4. To communicate such returns and reporting to Strategic Partners,  Alliance Members and their Governing Bodies.

Strategic Partners

  1. To support and contribute to the delivery of the ‘Big 6’
  2. To deploy staff within their capacity towards the Big 6 (this will be funded)
  3. To sit on the Governing Body of the TSA and contribute towards strategic governance and decision making including performance management of the Head of the TSA.

Associate Members

  1. To support, where appropriate , the work of the TSA.
  2. To build capacity, where appropriate and over time, towards strategic partnership
Teamworks Teaching School Alliance
Occupation Lane, Illingworth, Halifax, HX2 9RL
Tel: 01422 244471