St Mary’s Teaching School Alliance offers significant experience in School to School Support, as below:

Leadership Support

  • Leadership of whole school ethos, systems, achievement, curriculum, pastoral in all Key Stages, staffing, teaching and learning, data and finance, and ICT systems can be supported.

Subject Support

  • Shorter term deployments available in a range of subjects at both Secondary and Primary level.
  • Secondary: Key areas of strength for the St Mary’s Teaching School Alliance are:  English, Maths, Science, MFL, Humanities, RE, Health and Social Care, Art, Design Technology, PE, Music, Psychology and SEND.
  • Primary: Key areas of strength for the St Mary’s Teaching School Alliance are:  English, Reading and Writing, Maths, RE and Music.
  • Reviews of a subject area typically include an evaluation of the quality of teaching, assessment, student work and the writing up of a report including strengths, areas for development and recommendations for improvement.
  • Observation visits typically include lesson observations and meeting time to discuss schemes of work, resources, examination preparation and department leadership.
  • Follow up observations and progress checks can be arranged, including coaching and mentoring of leaders/teachers.
  • Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE) – SLEs in the Teaching School Alliance at Secondary and Primary level. Much work also undertaken by strong middle and senior leaders in this area.

Support in Key Areas of School Life

  • Shorter term deployments available in a range of key areas of school life.
  • Secondary: Key areas of strength for the St Mary’s Teaching School Alliance are: Curriculum, Achievement, Teaching and Learning including CPLD, Pastoral in all Key Stages, Ethos/ Catholic Life of the School and Staffing.
  • Primary: Key areas of strength for the St Mary’s Teaching School Alliance are: school leadership, feedback and pupil progress, curriculum and pastoral care.
  • Reviews of a particular area of school life again typically includes an evaluation of the quality of current practice and the writing up of a report including strengths, areas for development and recommendations for improvement.
  • Meetings can be set up to include the sharing of key strengths, systems and resources and observation visits can be set up in the school being supported so that an evaluation of the area can be done, in a similar way to the review of a subject area, above.

Feedback from all school to school support undertaken is excellent.