Slough Teaching School Alliance

Slough Borough Council works closely with the Slough Teaching School Alliance (STSA) and a brief insight into the structure and activities of STSA can be seen below.  For more detailed information on the STSA please visit

The Slough Teaching School Alliance comprises the designated teaching schools, strategic partner schools and other partner organisations:


Designated teaching schools

Strategic partner schools

Strategic partner organisations

  • Langley Grammar School
  • Upton Court Grammar School
  • Lynch Hill Primary Academy


Partner schools provide support to other schools either individually or through programmes and networks, supported by funding from the designated teaching schools.


Organisations other than schools which work closely with the teaching school alliance.

Designated by DfE through NCTL as a multiple teaching school alliance


Conduit of funding from DfE

Able to bid for grants on behalf of the Alliance


Potential conduit for school improvement funding


Initial Teacher Training coordination


Appropriate Body for NQT

Leadership of large-scale programmes/activities


Various roles which include

  • National Support Schools
  • National Leaders of Education (NLEs)* and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)**
  • Teacher/middle leader networks
  • Centres of pedagogical excellence and expertise
  • Coordinators/leaders of training programmes
  • Leaders of particular initiatives


These include

  • Slough Borough Council
  • Higher Education Institutions for initial teacher training and research-based teacher development
  • Other organisations such as
    • CAS Network of Computing Excellence
    • National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
    • Maths Hub
    • Local Science Learning Partnerships



*National leaders of education (NLEs) are strong school leaders, who have experience of effectively supporting schools in challenging circumstances. NLEs work alongside teaching schools and other system leaders to provide high quality support to those who need it most.

**SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles focus specifically on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing the capacity and capability of other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.

Slough Teaching School Alliance Activities

 The table below outlines what the Slough Teaching School Alliance does:


Initial Teacher training

Teach Slough Schools Direct programme

Support for assessment-only route


Appropriate Body service for NQT induction

NQT assessment process, mentor training

Quality assurance of induction process and assessments

Statutory returns to NCTL* on induction completion.


Ongoing teacher professional development

Access to nationally recognised teacher development programmes

Network meetings for NQTs

Early career development

Curriculum leader networks

TA training programme

Conference-style training as appropriate to school needs, focusing on the development of pedagogy

Subject specific training and development programmes e.g. through Maths and English Hubs, Science Learning Partnerships etc.


Leadership development

Access to nationally  franchised leadership development programmes e.g.

  • National Professional Qualifications for Middle and Senior Leadership (NPQML/NPQSL)
  • National Professional Qualifications for
  • Targeted leadership development programmes.


School to school support

Maintenance of directory of local and regional system leaders and school expertise.

Liaison with Slough Borough Council to broker school-to-support.

Management of Slough’s local School-to-School support fund.

Recruitment, designation and on-going support for SLEs.


*National College for Teaching and Leadership