The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial Teaching School
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Open School Programme
Teachers and leaders at one or more of our lead schools host a number of visits or ‘open classrooms’ with a focus on a particular subject, key stage or aspect of school improvement. These sessions can be tailored to suit the requirements of those attending. Professional discussions and opportunities for reflection are integrated.
The alliance runs a number of CPD courses across the year and details of these are published on a regular basis via the Alliance’s website: www.rbtsa.co.uk
School Direct Placements
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School is the lead school for all school direct placements either salaried or tuition fee placements. Placements can be offered across a range of subjects and key stages.
NQT Accreditation – Services and Accreditation
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial Teaching School has been approved as an Appropriate Body. This means that it can help support and accredit the NQT induction process for teachers starting on their induction year at a cost of £150 per candidate.
Individual NQT Support
Individual support programmes can also be provided for candidates within schools if required.
Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST)
The purpose of TSST is to improve the subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers and returning teachers and increase the number of hours taught, therefore building capacity to enable schools to manage workforce and deployment challenges in secondary mathematics, physics and MFL. The school-led training is provided at no cost to the participants. The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School can provide training in Mathematics, Physics, French and Spanish
Specialist Leaders of Education
The RBTSA currently has Specialist Leaders of Education. These colleagues have been trained to help support the development of teaching and learning across these subject areas in other schools.
NQT Support Programme
The support programme consists of CPD sessions delivered over the year across the West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) and the RBTSA Teaching School. The programme is designed to build upon and enhance the induction programme undertaken in the NQT’s school. During the coming year, the programme will again take place on a range of evenings from September to July. As part of the programme participants will also have the opportunity to visit other schools to help support their learning. The programme costs £150.
Middle Leaders Course
In collaboration with St Mary’s University we are able to offer a bespoke programme for either experienced or aspiring middle leaders. The course requires a minimum of six people and can be delivered at a time convenient for schools.
A large part of the teaching school alliance is to provide support to other schools. This can be delivered in a variety of ways, for example, working within departments to to develop teaching and learning or working with partner schools on whole school strategies or reviewing leadership and management issues.
National Leaders of Education
The Headteachers of the lead schools of The Royal Borough Teaching School Alliance are each National Leaders of Education. Typically, NLEs will work with the Headteacher and SLEs will work with middle and/or senior leaders to:
- Carry out diagnostic visits
- Develop action plans, identifying key priorities
- Provide one-to-one or group support
- Offer coaching and mentoring support
- Provide access to resources and training
The ultimate aim of NLEs and SLEs will always be to support the improvements of the outcomes for students through developing the capacity of leaders in other schools.