Welcome to Early Foundations Teaching School Alliance (EFTSA)

We are delighted to be part of the government’s initiative to give outstanding schools a leading role in driving forward the quality of teaching and learning in education today.

Northfleet Nursery School, is an outstanding early years provider granted Teaching School status by the National College for School Leadership. The designation entitles us to lead the training and professional development for all practitioners.

This milestone marks a shift towards school-centred training and development which gives teaching schools responsibility for leading a group of schools, working with other partners including HEIs, to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders at all stages in their career.

EFTSA and New Horizons Teaching School Alliance (NHTSA), works closely with their alliance schools and settings, HEI partner Universities and other training providers.

The Alliance partners have jointly have 30 Specialist Leaders of Education and piloting Foundation Leaders (FLE) across a range of subjects and phases which will support the continued development of leaders across the partnership.

We look forward to continuing our work together as Teaching School Alliance partners and the positive outcomes that it will bring.

What are National Teaching Schools?

Teaching schools give opportunities to members within their alliance to take on a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support. Click here for more information

National College for School Leadership

National College works to develop and support great leaders of schools and early years settings so that they can make a positive difference to children’s lives. The National College has developed a model, through the Teaching Schools, that allows for flexibility in choice and delivery while staying within the remit of collaborative support across the six main focus areas. Click here for more information

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Team photo

Pictured left to right: Preggy Mudaly, Sue Munday, Charlotte Dinning – Teaching School Admin & Finance – Director and Panna Nagar – Executive Director.

The Alliance Aims

Our partnership aim is to improve the life chances of all children and young people across our alliance by promoting the highest quality of teaching and learning, professional and leadership development and educational research, so that they all fulfil their potential. This will be realised by:

  • Providing the highest quality of teaching that maximises the achievement of all our children and young people
  • Working together to ensure that all our schools aspire to be outstanding
  • Recruiting the highest quality applicants and training them to become outstanding practitioners
  • Accessing the best professional development that will enable us to realise the ambition for outstanding practice
  • Ensuring that our most talented individuals are given leadership opportunities that will strengthen the future capacity of all our schools
  • Engaging in the highest quality research into teaching and learning that will ensure outstanding practice across the alliance

Key Performance Indicators

1. Pupil attainment and closing the gap
The improvement each year in attainment at KS2/4/5 for pupils attending schools in alliances is greater than the national average The reduction in the achievement gap for pupils in receipt of free school meals and/or in care in teaching school alliances is greater than the national average.

2. Overall effectiveness of schools
Schools in alliances show a greater than national average improvement in Ofsted judgements, resulting in fewer poorly performing schools and more good and outstanding schools.

3. Quality of teaching
As a result of effective ITT and CPD, schools in alliances show an improvement in Ofsted judgements for teaching and learning that is greater than the national average.

4. Quality of leadership
As a result of effective leadership development, schools in alliances show an improvement in Ofsted judgements for leadership and management that is greater than the national average.

5. Number of trainees trained by teaching school alliances
The number of trainees trained in teaching school alliances increases year on year (in total and for each teaching school cohort).

6. Supply of leaders that graduate from NPQH
The number of NPQH graduates that are provided by teaching schools increases year on year (in total for each teaching school cohort).

7. The number of teaching school alliances
The number of teaching school alliances is in line with targets agreed with DfE.

8. The number of SLEs designated, trained and deployed
The number of SLEs designated and trained by teaching schools is in line with targets agreed with DfE 50 per cent of SLEs are deployed within 3 months of designation.

Early Foundations Teaching School Alliance

South East Early Years Hub

Strategic Partners

Wider Alliance Partnership

Consortium Teaching Schools Partnerships

Local Partnerships

National Partnerships

International Partnership

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Role of Teaching Schools

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

As well as offering training and support for their alliance themselves, teaching schools will identify and coordinate expertise from their partners and wider alliance, using the best leaders and teachers to engage in the following:

  • 1. ITT: Play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession
  • 2. Leadership: Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
  • 3. Talent & Succession: Identify and develop leadership potential
  • 4. Schools Supporting Schools: Provide support for other schools
  • 5. SLEs: Designate and broker Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
  • 6. R&D: Engage in research and development