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Coombes Girls School

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Kingston Teaching School Alliance is led by Coombe Girls’ School.  It is a partnership of over twenty schools, Achieving for Children (AfC) and two HEIs; the UCL Institute of Education (University of London) and Goldsmiths College (University of London).

The borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames is approximately 30 minutes from central London by train, and has a well-developed transport network. The borough is compact, meaning that travel between any of our schools is easy. The town has an attractive riverside quarter, a large shopping district and is located near Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common and Hampton Court Palace. Our region has a number of major employers with which the partnership works to provide genuine employment links and experiences for students and staff. 

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2015/16 Action Plan Summary: Kingston Teaching School Alliance 

1. Teaching schools and ITT

KTSA is increasingly taking on the responsibility for ITT.  Each consecutive year we are attempting to expand our ITT provision. The KSDA will be cross phase for the academic year 2015/16.

2. CPD

KTSA continues to be a strategic partner of AQA and AQA hub. In addition KTSA partners will continue to develop bespoke CPD within the Alliance. For example, Tolworth High School for Girls leads on the ITP and OTP and Rosebery School will lead on a coaching programme and a programme developing excellence in the classroom. KTSA has a subsidised on-site M level programme (MA in Advanced Educational Practice) in partnership with UCL IOE which is hosted at Coombe Girls’ School.  Modules offered during the academic year 2015/16 include: Supporting Learners and Learning and Independent Study Module. The Level 6 Numeracy programme offered to partner primary schools will continue this year despite an end to funding.

3. Supply of Leaders and Leadership Development

KTSA will continue to audit and understand the future leadership needs of the alliance in addition to systematically identifying those with the highest potential for school leadership/ headship. KTSA will provide talent development opportunities across the Alliance that are specifically designed to move these people to next stage promotion. KTSA will train key staff (from Coombe Girls’ School, Tolworth High School for Girls’, Green Lane Primary School and Knollmead Primary School) to facilitate cross-phase programmes for NPQML/SL. Coombe staff will continue to lead one session of the Preparing for Management programme hosted and led by King’s College Wimbledon. KTSA year-long (Leadership Equality and Diversity funded) Women Leaders programme will engage 20 female participants.

4. School to School Support

KTSA will provide NLE support where required through Coombe Federation Headteacher, DW.  Since September 2014 Coombe Girls’ School has been granted the role of ‘appropriate body’ for NQT induction and has set up a SLA to support schools within the KTSA and beyond.  SLEs will be designated within the academic year 2015/16 based on the identified needs of the Alliance. As required, KTSA will deploy resources to support schools to achieve a ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement. KTSA will continue to offer L&M support to Knollmead Primary school in addition to support for T&L.

5. Specialist Leaders of Education

KTSA will attempt to continue to recruit excellent professionals in leadership positions below the head teacher, with the capacity, capability and commitment to work beyond their own school. SLEs will be outstanding in a particular area, for example: a subject specialism; inclusion; performance management; behaviour; school business management. As the lead school, CGS will broker the deployment of SLEs.

6. Research and Development

KTSA will engage in research and development activities, both working with HEI partners and working in regional and national networks in order to maintain the status of the profession. Currently KTSA are working on national research projects with the National Institute of Health Research, Education Endowment Foundation, University College London, UCL Institute of Education, King’s College London, and Cardiff University. KTSA R&D group develop a cross-alliance project each year and will seek out opportunities for additional funding which will underpin the work of the Teaching School Alliance and provide forums to share ‘what works’ and research findings. KTSA will develop its online research library during this academic year in addition to offering knowledge exchange and mobilisation events