Ponteland Partnership Teaching Alliance

What is a National Teaching School?

The ‘National Teaching School’ designation gives outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to raising standards through school-to-school support.

Schools work together within a teaching school alliance – a group of schools and other partners that are supported by the leadership of a teaching school. This includes all those schools that benefit by receiving support, as well as strategic partners that will lead on certain aspects of delivery. Alliances can be cross phase and cross sector, work across local authorities and can include different types of organisations. Collaboration is at the heart of the teaching school model.

About us

Ponteland Community Middle School is the lead school in a Cohort 5 Teaching School Alliance (TSA). We were awarded the status in July 2014 in recognition of the outstanding teaching, learning and training in the school.

The Big 6

Teaching schools are part of the Government’s drive to give schools more freedom and take increasing responsibility for managing the school system.

As well as offering training and support for their alliance themselves, teaching schools will identify and co-ordinate expertise from their alliance, using the best leaders and teachers to:

1Play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession.
2Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development.
3Identify and develop leadership potential.
4Provide support for other schools.
5Designate and broker specialist leaders of education (sles).
6Research and development.

The Future

Ponteland Community Middle School as the lead school of the PPTA is leading in each of the six areas above.

A sample of our programmes include:

  • Middle to Middle School Programme includes 9 middle schools in the North East developing cohesive assessment, pupil tracking and reporting to parents; and also a cohort of Thrive practitioners specialising on middle school children.
  • Utilising a wealth of experience across our partner schools we have devised a course for Teaching Assistants designed to train them in best practice. The outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme began in January 2015 runs for four days. There have been 6 bespoke programmes for schools and partnership schools.
  • Our reciprocal visit programme is aimed at pairing subject teachers and leaders at support school and PCMS to focus on aims and objectives and develop e.g. curriculum schemes of work, assessment, tracking and reporting to parents. Headteachers have developed this programme into robust and thorough performance management cycle with the help of up to 7 lead practitioners from PCMS.

School Direct

School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) scheme. It is run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider. Training places are allocated to the lead school on behalf of the partnership, usually for 1 year. The lead school has overall responsibility for requesting places from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and for ensuring that the criteria for School Direct are met.
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Oustanding Teaching Assistant Programme – OTAP

The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme is for teaching assistants who are, or who have the potential to be, outstanding in their roles. It is intended to develop the potential for Teaching Assistants to have a wider impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school. Designed and facilitated by experienced school leaders and teachers the OTAP forms part of the OLEVI Teaching & Learning Syllabus which has gained a national reputation for raising standards in teaching and learning.
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