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The Millais Alliance

Teaching Schools are tasked with giving a group of schools 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.

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

The vision for teaching schools was to have established a network of around 500 outstanding Teaching School Alliances by 2014 that will drive significant improvement in the quality of professional practice, improving the attainment of every child.

The Millais Alliance (TMA) has been operational since September 2011 and there are now 30 members of the Alliance network. TMA is working with other secondary, primary, special schools, Sixth form colleges and HEI's in these key areas:

What is the Alliance seeking to achieve?

We believe the collaborative nature of the Teaching School model will enable us to support each other through the challenges we face in changing times. Through mutual understanding and trust, the alliance of schools can jointly overcome obstacles; working collaboratively offers opportunities to use local strengths.

If we are successful, there will be an improvement in the quality of teaching and learning in schools across the locality, through the provision of high quality Joint Professional Development across all phases. We will play a key role in offering the best training for new recruits to the profession. We will deploy specialist leaders to provide support to schools who request it. We will have better leaders at all levels and have adequately identified talent in order to support succession planning. We will have embedded a culture of reflective practice in our staff through Research and Development work focusing on action research.

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