Our Teaching School Alliance

The TKAT Teaching School Alliance is the professional development centre for TKAT. We provide high-quality training to our Academies in London and the South of England using the expertise that we have developed and strong collaborative partnerships with external organisations with a strong track record.

We are working hard to support our Academies on their journeys towards 'Outstanding'. The success we have had so far is a direct result of the talented and dedicated teachers, support staff and leadership teams we have in our Academies. We place high value on professional learning and development. Our Teaching School Alliance is an excellent way for us to share what we have learned, and continue to develop and contribute to the wider educational system. 

The Teaching School covers six areas:

  1. Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
  2. Leadership Development
  3. Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  4. School-to-School Support
  5. Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)
  6. Research and Development

TKAT has a proven track record of improving schools, raising student attainment, improving teaching and learning and developing staff. As a successful Academy Trust TKAT welcomes its accreditation as a Teaching School and embraces its role to lead the school system in training and developing outstanding teachers (including) both the development of existing teachers through peer-to-peer training, coaching and mentoring and also supporting the training of new teachers.

Teaching School Designation

Debden Park High School was one of the first 100 Teaching Schools designated nationally in Summer 2011. Debden Park High School consistently secures outstanding progress and attainment for its students. All 41 of our Academies is a member of our Teaching School Alliance.

Since becoming a Teaching School, we have been able to improve the quality of teaching and learning consistently across the Alliance and improve student outcomes in both our primary and secondary Academies. Debden Park High School works collaboratively with many of the Trust’s Academies to deliver the Teaching School offer. However many Academies, other than the Teaching School contribute to our Teaching School offer by designing and facilitating a wide range of Teaching and Learning and Leadership programmes which are accessed by all of our Academies.

To support Debden Park High School in delivering the remit of the Teaching Schools we have appointed 5 Academies to be Strategic Partners:

  • Chichester High School
  • Cleeve Park School
  • Hilltop Primary School
  • Rainham School for Girls
  • Seal Primary Academy

They join Brighton University, on our Strategic Board.  We have many other schools within our Trust who actively contribute to our Teaching School offer.

The TKAT Teaching School Alliance Vision

With a passion for collaboration, the TKAT Teaching School Alliance will work with teachers, leaders and support staff to inspire excellence and create a culture of innovation and exceptional teaching and learning. This will drive success for all and significantly improve students’ life chances.

Join our Alliance

If you would like information about the benefits of becoming part of our Alliance, please contact us at tsa@tkat.org.

We have a very high employment rate for our beginner teachers, indeed many have gone on to successful careers within the TKAT Teaching School Alliance.
Rachel Tizard
Group Director of Learning
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