- Geographically tight core, but disparate wider partnerships
- Genuinely cross-phase in terms of membership
- Primary, Special, Secondary, Independent
We aim to have a significant online presence to ensure all alliance members are aware of developments, can communicate individually, can share developing practice and can work collaboratively
- Transparent and democratic governance structure
Schools within the alliance will be members of the National Teacher Enquiry Network (NTEN) as a ‘family within a family’ cluster with Canons Park as a ‘hub of excellence’. We will look for partners working to gain accreditation for the quality of professional development and professional learning that they deliver. Aligning this ‘networked’ approach with institutional and cross-institutional vocational learning (e.g. NCTL, professional reading) and academic learning (e.g. Masters level study, PGCE).
We are looking to develop, a multi-TSA cadre of SLEs capable of providing leadership support in almost all areas. SLEs will look to lead on the R&D opportunities that arise that are relevant to their areas of interest, expertise or own wishes for professional learning and development.
We are looking to work within the alliance to identify member needs from a combination of shared external and internal documentation (RAISEonlines, SEFs, SIPs), annual peer reviews at either whole-school or subject-level dependent upon school needs and through shared evaluations via the NTEN audit. We are also looking to work beyond the alliance working with the SSAT to support schools across the country, as well as drawing schools to us. We want to ensure that the alliance is prepared for all forms of support (post-Ofsted category, below floor target, leadership vacuum, federation).
We are working with NTEN to develop leadership learning triads that connect school leaders (and aspirational school leaders) across the alliance in leadership forms of Joint Practice Development, replicating the wider professional development model.
There will be a focus on Alliance-wide evaluation of the quality of professional development using NTEN mechanisms, including identification of relevant strengths and areas of need. We are also looking to the development of the ‘Lesson Study’ approach rooted in Hargreaves Joint Practice Development, including triads of teachers working across schools.
We have developed and are recruiting to develop a ‘Harrow First’ approach to the salaried School Direct route that recruits high quality graduates, trains them during the summer and deploys them