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FAQs

What is the Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance?

We are a group of schools and other partners who work collaboratively to raise standards in schools and improve the life chances for children.  Painsley Catholic College is designated as a National Teaching School, by the NCTL. Working together with a number of partner schools, universities, the Diocese of Birmingham and our Local Authority, we have formed the Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance, sharing our services, knowledge and resources.

What are the main areas of work?

Teaching schools are part of the Government’s drive to give schools more freedom and take increasing responsibility for improving the school system. There are six main areas of work, known as the Big 6:

  1. Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
  2. CPD
  3. School to School Support
  4. Leadership development
  5. Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
  6. Research and development

Can anyone join the alliance?

Our alliance includes primary, secondary and special schools from Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Stoke-on-Trent.  We welcome all schools to join our alliance free of charge. Please contact Anne Maingay, Teacher School Director annemaingay@painsley.staffs.sch.uk for more information and discover the benefits of joining.  Alliance partners receive discounted CPD and priority booking.

Why is it called the Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance?

The designated Teaching School is Painsley Catholic College (www.painsley.co.uk), which is part of the Painsley Catholic multi-academy, a reception to 19 school.  Our alliance includes Catholic and non-faith partners.  Painsley Catholic College is accountable for the alliance work, including the success criteria and performance against each of the teaching school core areas, as well as governance arrangements.

What will being a member involve?

Alliance members work collaboratively to drive improvements in standards through sharing services, knowledge and resources.

Membership could consist of:

a) providing school to school support e.g. CPD, coaching, SLE/NLE work etc.

b) accessing the skills and expertise of other alliance members.

How does the Teaching School organise governance?

Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance has a Strategic Board that includes strategic partners and meets termly to discuss key issues. This board governs all functions and services.  The board is underpinned by steering groups for the Big 6 areas as shown in the diagram: