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Wakefield Regional Teaching School Alliance
Wakefield Regional Teaching School Alliance became operational in April 2012. It is a cross-phase teaching school of which there are, at present, twelve strategic partners and forty-one alliance members, from Wakefield and beyond.
The alliance lead school is Wakefield City Academy, which recently achieved its third consecutive “Outstanding” Ofsted report (March 2013).
The teaching school lead is Suzanne Austwick (Co-Headteacher of Wakefield City Academy) and the teaching school co-ordinator is Helen Graham (Assistant Headteacher of Wakefield City Academy). We also have a core team who work together one day a week whose remit is to develop, support and implement new teaching school initiatives.
Any school is welcome to join the alliance. There are no subscription fees or agreements to sign, and schools can access as much or as little of the services as they wish.
The Big 6 have been merged to form a more manageable Big 3, with Research and Development running across all three elements.
CPD and Leadership are now called Professional Learning.
SLE and School to School support are now called Professional Support.
ITT remains ITT.
In order that WRTSA is a true partnership, three strategic partners have taken on the responsibility for co-ordinating these elements of the teaching school:
- Wakefield City Academy is responsible for the Professional Learning strand.
- Horbury Academy is responsible for the Professional Support strand.
- The King’s School is responsible for ITT.
This is an exciting time for WRTSA and we look forward to working across our alliance by continuing to share delivery and practice in order to shape the future for our students and staff.
Wakefield Regional Teaching School Alliance is “fuelled by teachers, for teachers.”