About Us

The Severn Teaching School Alliance is based in Telford, Shropshire. Our Alliance includes over 50 schools, the University of Chester and a team of school improvement specialists. Together with these strategic partners we can offer you the highest quality of Primary Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct route. For existing teachers the Alliance will provide school to school support and professional development.

We have the support of 49 Primary Schools, 4 Special Schools and a number of Secondary Schools in the local authority, who all work alongside us as strategic partners. We also have very close links with our excellent local school improvement team. The Severn Teaching School Alliance draws on a large pool of talent and expertise to deliver support for schools, staff development and initial teacher training.

Our Alliance operates in a learning community where the quality of provision in schools is high. Due to the exceptional work of the local school leaders, school staff and school improvement team there are currently less than 3 LA Maintained schools in an Ofsted category in Telford and this is a position the Alliance will strive to build on through its contribution to school improvement.

The commitment of the Government to Teaching Schools continues its forward momentum.  The total number of teaching schools is set to rise to 500 by 2015. Teaching School Alliances will play an increasingly significant role in staff development and school improvement in the future.

In February 2013, Newport Infant School was designated as a teaching school and this enabled the Severn Teaching School Alliance to be formed.  The Teaching School application was made at the request of Primary Headteachers. There remains an absolute view and commitment that the Alliance is run on behalf of local schools and we are determined to meet their needs and aspirations.

The Alliance will contribute to school improvement and raising standards by offering:

  • Initial Teacher Training
  • Research and Development
  • Succession Planning
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • The Deployment of Specialist Leaders inEducation (SLE’s)
  • School to School Support