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As an outstanding school Childhaven Community Nursery School was able to apply to become a National Teaching School.  Successfully designated in April 2014 it formed the Scarborough Teaching Alliance, a cross phase alliance of 7 schools including nursery, primary, secondary and special.

There are 6 core areas of responsibility that the alliance promises to deliver

1. School-led initial teacher training

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

2. Continuing professional development

We offer a range of professional development opportunities for teachers and school support staff, extending the strong learning culture to schools we work with. We believe that the characteristics of effective learning are the principles that underpin our  CPD offer and believe that every session will strongly uphold our mottos of  Engagement, Motivation and Thinking.

3. Supporting other schools

We will lead the co-ordination of school-to-school support. This usually involves working with a school or academy in challenging circumstances to bring about improvement.

We will to identify priorities in our area and support under-performing schools and academies. Local authorities, dioceses and chains may also work with us to support schools in need of improvement.

We will  ensure that the best leaders are working to improve the quality of teaching and leadership where it is most needed.

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

4. Identifying and developing leadership potential

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

5. Specialist leaders of education

Specialist leaders of education are outstanding middle and senior leaders. They have at least 2 years’ leadership experience in a particular specialism (eg maths, school business management, initial teacher training).

Their role 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 will recruit and manage the placements of specialist leaders of education.

6. Research and development

There are many areas of research that Scarborough Teaching Alliance is involved in. As well as working closely with North Yorkshire County Council developing strategies such as closing the gap  we are also working with the National Literacy Trust developing early years language and communication.

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