Working together to be better together

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About CTSA

Our Aims

“Working together to be better together”

The Chelmsford Teaching School Alliance (CTSA) believes that all children have a right to experience inspirational and creative opportunities, carefully planned to enhance their learning We also believe in the power of collaborative school improvement – collaboratively we can achieve so much more than alone.

Fundamentally, we are committed to working collaboratively with schools and other TSAs in order to develop exceptional teaching and learning throughout our locality.

We work within the DfE framework which sets out the aims for Teaching Schools as defined by the DfE commonly referred to as the ‘Big 3’. All Teaching Schools are required to use these to underpin their development planning. The three categories that make up The Big 3 are:

We also place a strong emphasis on developing and promoting research informed practice.



Core purpose of the Big 3:

Initial Teacher Training – Recruiting, training and retaining high quality teachers across a range of subjects and across phases, based on local need.

CPD/Workforce Development – The development of all staff to ensure excellence in pupil learning in relation to current roles and succession planning for career development within and beyond the TSA.

School to school support – To build a culture of valued school to school support which is well brokered, timely and effective, using all the expertise available in and beyond the Alliance

How we deliver:

  • Initial Teacher Training – via the Essex Primary SCITT and EYITT programmes. We also provide a comprehensive programme of professional development for Newly Qualified teachers and those moving beyond their first year in teaching (RQTs).
  • Continuing Professional Development/Workforce development – a comprehensive programme of training opportunities, updates and courses informed by the current needs of our member schools and national and local priorities.
  • School to school support – promoting and facilitating partnerships and the sharing and joint development of expertise and best practice. We also support the delivery of the DFE School Improvement Strategy.

More detail for each strand can be found by clicking on the relevant section tab.

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Tracy Goodway - 01245 442031

Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance
Newlands Spring Primary School
Dickens Place
Newlands Spring
Essex CM1 4UU

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