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1. Initial teacher training

We will develop opportunities to provide school-led initial teacher training.

This will be achieved by:

  • Developing school-led initial teacher training
  • Taking an active role in the recruitment and selection of trainee teachers
  • Developing a clear plan for teacher training, including:
    • Access to outstanding lessons and teachers for observation and planning
    • Mentoring
    • Quality assurance
    • Co-ordination of initial teacher training with professional development opportunities

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Find out more about our initial teacher training scheme and other opportunities:

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2. Continuing professional development

We offer a range of professional development opportunities for teachers and school support staff, extending our strong learning culture to schools.

We will identify the best teachers and leaders from across the alliance to provide school-based professional development tailoring this development to meet the specific needs of schools. We also offer coaching and mentoring and evaluate the impact of professional development across the alliance.

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3. Supporting other schools

As the designated teaching school Harefield leads the co-ordination of school-to-school support. This usually involves working with a school or academy to bring about improvement.

We provide the best leaders to improve the quality of teaching and leadership where it is needed.

This includes deciding how to use the services of system leaders to provide support to other schools, such as:

  • Specialist leaders of education
  • Lead practitioners
  • Headteachers working as local and national leaders of education
  • School business management support
  • Chairs of governors working as national leaders of governance
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4. Identifying and developing leadership potential

We develop successful succession planning strategies to identify and develop people to fill leadership positions in the future.

We do this by:

  • Putting processes in place to identify potential leaders in areas of need
  • Developing potential leaders within and across your schools
  • Building strategic governance and partnerships in order to make decisions about developing and placing potential leaders
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5. Specialist leaders of education

The role of Specialist Leaders is to support individuals or teams in a similar position in other schools. They help others achieve outstanding leadership in their area of specialism.

We recruit and manage the placements of specialist leaders of education. This involves:

  • Organising training for specialist leaders of education
  • Negotiating specialist leader of education work within the alliance
  • Ensuring that specialist leaders of education are providing high-quality support that is having a positive impact
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6. Research and development

We will build on existing and new research to impact on continuously improving practice in schools that will contribute to the alliance and wider priorities. We base new initiatives within the alliance on evidence and use this to measure effectiveness.

We work with other teaching school alliances and independent strategic partners to expand and enable research base development and application.

"We offer a range of

professional development opportunities

for teachers and school support staff"