Slough Teaching School Alliance

Slough Borough Council works closely with the Slough Teaching School Alliance and a brief insight into who the STSA are and what they do can be seen below.  For more detailed information on the STSA please go here

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
  • Lynch Hill Primary Academy
  • Upton Court Grammar School


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)**
  • Leaders of 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
    • Surrey 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 ITP and OTP programmes

Themed network meetings for NQTs

Teacher development networks

Teach-meet programme (organised by strategic partner schools)

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

Training and development programmes in Computing and Mathematics through NCETM and CAS links.


Leadership development

Access to franchised leadership development programmes e.g.

  • NPQML/NPQH and their successor programmes,
  • SSAT National Award for Middle Leadership (NAML)
  • Inspired to Lead.

Annual Slough-focused headteacher conference on relevant themes.

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 ongoing support for SLEs.


*National College for Teaching and Leadership