Across Southwark Teaching School Alliance, we are striving to create a community of schools where all children and young people are nurtured and challenged to flourish in all aspects of their life – academic, cultural, personal and social. We are doing this by harnessing practitioner excellence and evidence-based practice for the benefit of all schools and children in the Alliance and beyond.
In 2016/17, our schools have worked together to:
- provide initial teacher training for 36 trainees across our two Schools Direct partnerships;
- offer a range of practitioner-led continuing professional development for teachers and teaching assistants on everything from staff and student wellbeing to phonics to outdoor learning;
- formed five new peer review clusters across 22 primary and secondary schools and nurseries to provide school-to-school support and challenge; and
- engaged in a range of research and development activities, including leading a project to explore how to reduce the burden of marking while increasing the impact of feedback.
Developing leadership at all levels has been a central strand of our work because research in the UK and abroad has emphasised how “leadership not only matters: it is second only to teaching among school-related factors in its impact on student learning”. And of course its impact extends beyond single classrooms to whole schools. In 2016/17 we have enabled over 50 teachers to develop as middle and senior leaders and towards headship, and 15 serving heads and executive heads to hone the skills needed to progress in executive leadership.
In our new brochure, STSA Leading the Way, you can read more about two of our leadership programmes and the successful leaders they have inspired. All have either secured promotion or taken on additional system leadership responsibilities. All share important reflections about their experience of leadership and why it matters – because of the difference it makes to learners.
You can find out more about the leadership development on offer through Southwark Teaching School Alliance in 2017/18, including National Professional Qualifications in middle leadership, senior leadership, headship, and executive leadership, on page 15.
I hope what you read in the brochure will inspire you to want to join Southwark Teaching School Alliance and pages 16-17 provide details of our 2017/18 membership offer. Together we can ensure that across our community of schools all learners flourish.
 Leithwood, K. et al (2004), How leadership influences student learning, p3. See also Day, C. et al (2009) The Impact of School Leadership on Pupil Outcomes Final Report.