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Teaching School Alliance

In 2012 Whitefield Schools became a nationally accredited Teaching School and formed the Whitefield Teaching School Alliance – a group of schools and educational organisations that pool resources and expertise to support staff  through training and sharing of best practice

Who we are

Members of the Teaching Alliance include:

What we do

The Alliance has a particular commitment to special educational needs and disability  and inclusiveness and we work both with schools who are part of the Alliance and other schools who would like to tap into our expertise. 

We offer:

Initial Teacher Training

  • Our main teacher training offering comes in the form of the School Direct training course and a similar apprenticeship scheme that we are piloting.
  • If you are earlier in your career development but have teaching as an ultimate goal, it is worth exploring our RQF courses or Foundation degrees.

Professional and Leadership Development

We offer many forms of continual development, both for teachers and staff within the Alliance and beyond:  

  • The National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)  is for those  who are, or are aspiring to become a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities. More details...
  • The The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) provides national recognition of successful participants’ leadership development and professional achievements.  More details...
  • We work closely with the University of East London on the content of their postgraduate Masters programme in Special Educational Needs. More details...
  • More informally, we run a regular programme of stimulating one-off courses and talks open to everyone who would like to expand their expertise, you can see current courses and talks here

School to School support

Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) and Local Leaders in Education (LLEs) are members of senior leadership teams are able to visit your school and offer strategic support covering a range of subjects including audit, review and advice on your SEND policies and procedures. We work with both schools who are part of the alliance and mainstream schools looking to improve their SEND provision. More details...