Southam Teaching Alliance
Southam College are proud to introduce the recently established Southam Teaching Alliance, based in Coventry and Warwickshire. We work closely as an alliance of secondary, primary and special schools and universities. We use expertise and collaboration (both within and outside our alliance) to offer CPD, networks and school to school connections, through a practical, teacher-centred approach. We have a dedicated Primary CPD Co-ordinator who facilitates primary-specific CPD as well as cross-phase work and opportunities.
- Campion School, Leamington Spa
- Coundon Court School, Coventry
- Exhall Grange Specialist School, Coventry
- Long Itchington Primary School, near Southam
- Southam Primary School, Southam
- St James Primary School, Southam
- Stockton Primary School, near Southam
- Stratford upon Avon School, Stratford
- The University of Warwick, Coventry
Our vision is to secure outstanding learning opportunities for students in our alliance and beyond, through high quality professional learning and collaboration which all teachers and leaders can access.
Our alliance has a shared ethos of working together and investing in teachers and leaders. We believe that each teacher and leader is unique and has their own talent which can be enhanced through regular professional discussion, practical CPD and self-reflection. All teachers and leaders should be able to access high quality, differentiated CPD and professional networks that fully meet their needs, and those of their school and students.
Our journey as a Teaching School Alliance mirrors that of the professional learning process – self-reflection, professional discussion and evidence of impact underpin everything we do. We continually strive to lead a thriving, self-improving system through collaborative evaluation and re-shaping of our work. This will always be a priority in a continually changing educational environment.
If every teacher and leader feels they have sufficient challenge, support, inspiration and enjoyment in their career, we believe it is possible for every student to enjoy their education, achieve their very best and have a purposeful, happy future as a valuable member of society.
Our initial work is in developing purposeful networks across schools, education phases and subject areas. These will provide educators opportunities to develop valuable links with other professionals to share ideas, strategies and resources. We feel this is especially important at a time of significant curriculum change.
We are building a collection of professional development opportunities that will suit a wide range of school contexts, time frames and staff (from trainee teachers and support staff through to experienced middle and senior leaders).
These will include:
- Innovative twilight sessions and workshops, focussing on practical strategies.
- Experience days - offering practical elements of training within a school environment.
- Longer term CPD programmes – spanning a term or a year.
- Developing a team of Specialist Leaders in Education - to facilitate the sharing of excellent practice and work between schools, on a department / one-to-one / school need basis.
It is of upmost importance to us that all CPD opportunities are lead by practising teachers and leaders with a proven track record of excellence and we will be advertising most of our CPD offers in 2017.
Bespoke school to school connections – both informal as well as more structured – are always mutually beneficial so please get in touch if you would like to link with any school to develop an area of interest. This might be just popping in for a morning to look at one aspect of learning, teaching, achievement or leadership or setting up a longer term relationship and programme. We pride ourselves on our links with others and our professional relationships, developed by getting to know needs and contexts fully in order to find the best CPD and school to school connection experiences to meet current and evolving needs.
We would love to hear from you, whether it’s about CPD opportunities you would like to see being offered, staff in your school who would like to be involved in extra opportunities or to discuss staff visiting another school to look at practice within a particular area of interest.