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North West leading Teaching Schools in innovative alliance
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11th June 2020

The Alliance for Learning Teaching School (AfL) based in Altrincham and part of Bright Futures Educational Trust, has forged a new partnership with the Oasis Innovation Teaching School, based at the Oasis Limeside Academy in Oldham, and part of the Oasis Multi Academy Trust.

Collaboration and partnership-working sit at the heart of the Teaching School ‘school led improvement” model and this new partnership demonstrates that the vision is thriving. It is also a significant collaboration between the two Multi Academy Trusts, demonstrating that partnerships between Trusts are a powerful means to unlocking wider school improvement across the country.

Together they are offering a plethora of CPD opportunities for primary schools, secondary schools, early years settings and SEND schools across the North West, including in a number of Opportunity Areas where additional funding for CPD is available.

New topics and areas of interest include:

  • “Giving Feedback – How to be robustly kind” 
  • “Teaching struggling readers during a pandemic – quality first teaching and early intervention” 
  • “What is reading? – Developing an understanding of the strategies and strategic behaviours proficient readers use widely”
  • “Multi-sensory Learning in English and Maths”
  • “Stories for Maths – how story telling can support maths teaching”

Lisa Fathers, Director at Alliance for Learning Teaching School, comments: “As a teaching school we always aim to lead best practice, drawing on the very best knowledge, expertise and resources available to help our schools.  Our relationship with Oasis Innovation means that we can extend our offer in collaboration to provide even more exceptional CPD to ensure that teachers are equipped to deliver effective teaching and learning strategies.”   

Robert Caudwell, Leader of Oasis Innovation Teaching School, said: “We are so pleased to be working with the Alliance for Learning.  We look forward to sharing our significant expertise and compliment the AFL’s extensive CPD offer.”

The first wave of the new training opportunities will be delivered on-line, with some aspects of the CPD moving to a physical basis during the new academic year.