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The Alliance for Learning Teaching School is a partnership of primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and organisations from across the North-West, who share their knowledge, skills, expertise and experience to achieve a common goal of continuous educational improvement.

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls is our lead school and we are proud to be leading the way in innovative approaches to school to school support, meaningful professional development for teachers, ground-breaking research and development and cutting-edge initial teacher training through our SCITT.

Judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, the Alliance for Learning SCITT has a proven track record of providing outstanding teacher training for over 10 years, offering School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in primary and secondary and Graduate employment-based Early Years Teacher Status.  Our courses

lead to the award of Post Graduate Early Teachers Teacher Status (EYTS), Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE), accredited by the University of Manchester.

We are also proud to have a Maths Hub as part of our remit. NW1 Maths Hub, is one of 4 local and 35 national Maths Hubs who form part of the Maths Hub Programme, a programme funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) to improve the quality of mathematical teaching and learning for our children.  NW1 offer a wide range of high quality professional development opportunities and are involved in a plethora of maths projects which draw upon the latest teaching strategies from around the world to ensure that the UK has the teaching styles required to compete on the global stage.

We have a high profile and a national outstanding reputation for quality – Lisa Fathers our Director of Teaching School and Partnerships is on the Youth Sport Direct Board and is a Youth Sport Trust Ambassador Headteacher nationally. Lisa is also leading the Teaching and Learning Support in Blackpool Challenge to improve outcomes for children in one of the most deprived areas in Britain.

In order to carry out work of the highest calibre, we have a fantastic range of nationally recognised organisations with whom we work. These include Ambition School Leadership, Challenge Partners, Mental Health First Aid England, The Prince’s Teaching Institute and the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (NCETM).

The Alliance for Learning is also a member of the GM LLE Collaborative which is a partnership of 8 Teaching Schools based across Greater Manchester.  The purpose of the Collaborative is work together to train, develop and support aspirant and existing Local Leaders of Education building a community of best practice, ensuring the best possible system led support for schools is available.

To find out more about the Alliance for Learning please visit our website Teaching School website.

Please do read more about what we have been up to this term in the latest edition of our Teaching School Newsletter ‘Collaboration Works’ by clicking on the link below:

AFL Newletter – Winter Term 18