Current Projects

accelerate

ACCELERATE

ACCELERATE is designed for teachers in the first five years of their career which aims to encourage teacher retention and drive pupil attainment. The Department for Education’s Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund has fully funded the programme and it is run by Education Development Trust in collaboration with the Chartered College of Teaching.

Aspire to STEM

Aspire to STEM

Funded by the Department for Education’s Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund, Aspire to STEM enables target schools and colleges across England to access free CPD and support.

This will:

  • improve leadership to support STEM teaching
  • develop great teaching of STEM subjects
  • increase science capital within disadvantaged communities
  • increase teachers’ confidence in advising pupils about STEM careers and the transition from school or college to employment

Schools work with a dedicated STEM Learning mentor to create a bespoke, flexible and focused selection of free CPD and inspiration support for the teachers and leaders in their school and partnership. This will be based on the results of an initial needs analysis to ensure the CPD offered addresses the unique challenges and needs of those individual teachers and leaders.

Schools will work with us as part of the programme for up to two years, with support given throughout to ensure the positive impact on teachers, leaders and students is long-term and sustainable. Current schools: Bemrose, City Of Derby Academy, St Benedicts and Merrill Academy

Derby College

Derby College School-to-School Support (S2SS)

ENTHUSE with STEM

Enthuse with STEM

Project ENTHUSE is a funding partnership that was launched in 2008 with £27 million from the Wellcome Trust, the Department for EducationAstraZenecaAstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust(renamed Primary Science Teaching Trust in 2013)BAE SystemsBP,General Electric FoundationGlaxoSmithKlineRolls-RoyceVodafone and Vodafone Group Foundation.

In 2013/14 Project ENTHUSE received further funding of over £22 million from the Department for Education, the Wellcome TrustBAE SystemsBiochemical SocietyBPInstitution of Engineering and Technology,Institution of Mechanical Engineers,Rolls-RoyceRoyal Commission for the 1851 ExhibitionIBMInstitution of Structural Engineers and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

These organisations came together to bring about inspired science teaching through the continuing professional development of teachers of science across the UK. Project ENTHUSE funding allows the provision of subject specific CPD for teachers, technicians and other support staff at the National STEM Learning Centre in York and through partners in Northern Ireland (Department of Education Northern Ireland), Scotland (SSERC) and Wales (Techniquest).

Project ENTHUSE is made up of a number of distinct and complementary areas and they are working with the ENTHUSE Partnerships
enabling groups of 6-8 schools and colleges to work collaboratively to improving teaching and learning in science.

Derby Teacher Schools Alliance is working with Heanor Gate, John Port Spencer Academy and George Spencer Academy.

Post School-to-School Improvement Fund 2 with Chellaston Academy (SSIF2)

School Direct Primary

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) with University of Derby and lead school Homefields Primary School

School Direct Secondary

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) with University of Derby and lead school Chellaston Academy

Department for Education

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) – Physics, Year One

Free Teacher subject Specialism Training for non-specialist teachers who have not completed Physics as part of their Initial Teacher Training. This programme is funded through the National College of Teaching & Leadership (NCTL). Each session was facilitated by a Physics specialist focussing on different topics each session, specialising in practical ideas and activities, as well as pedagogical approaches, tips and strategies for successful learning.

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) – Physics, Year Two

Free Teacher subject Specialism Training for non-specialist teachers who have not completed Physics as part of their Initial Teacher Training. This programme is funded through the National College of Teaching & Leadership (NCTL). Each session was facilitated by a Physics specialist focussing on different topics each session, specialising in practical ideas and activities, as well as pedagogical approaches, tips and strategies for successful learning.

STEM Learning

STEM Learning – Triple Science Cohort Three

Triple Science support helps schools, managers and teachers plan, develop and deliver Triple Science GCSEs. The programme offers training, consultancy, networking, resources and publications. Cohort Three is a two year programme that involves Lees Brook, Eckington, Tupton Hall, Chellaston Academy, Murray Park and Derby Moor Academy.

STEM Learning – Triple Science Cohort Four

Triple Science support helps schools, managers and teachers plan, develop and deliver Triple Science GCSEs. The programme offers training, consultancy, networking, resources and publications. Cohort Four is a one year programme that involves Heanor Gate, Netherthorpe, John Port Spencer Academy, Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, Tibshelf and Shirebrook.

Past Projects

NRCDES

NRCDES – Governors Improvement Programme

STEM Learning

Priority Primary, Cohort One

Priority Primary, Cohort Two

Department for Education

School-to-School Improvement Fund 1 (SSIF1)

School-to-School Improvement Fund 2 (SSIF2) in partnership with Chellaston Academy

Derby Teaching Schools Association

School-to-School Support

Bespoke programmes of support were developed to meet school’s specific needs. These ranged from short single focus pieces of work to medium and longer term programmes covering a number of areas in their improvement plans.

Cavendish Close Infants
  • Cavendish Close LLE support and NQT support
Alvaston Junior Academy
  • Alvaston Junior NQT support, Good to Outstanding programme, Sustained Pupil Progress programme and Spelling and Phonics support
The Kingsmead School
  • The Kingsmead School Phonics support, Developing Teacher Expertise programme and Autism support
Brackensdale Primary
  • Brackensdale Junior Moving Forward (KS2) and Aspiring Senior Leaders Support programme
Reigate Park Primary
  • Reigate Primary NQT support, Good to Outstanding programme and Moving Forward (KS1 and KS2)
Osmaston Primary School
  • Osmaston Primary NQT support, RQT support, Good to Outstanding programme, Sustained Pupil Progress, bespoke work, Autism support and Governance programme
Chaddesden Park Primary
  • Chaddesden Park Primary NEEDU package, Lesson Study programme, NQT support and LLE support
Derwent Primary School
  • Derwent Primary NLE support, Lesson Study programme, NQT support, Middle Leader’s Development, RQT support and English Lesson Study Package
Cavendish Close Infants
  • Cavendish Close RQT support, Sustained Pupil Progress, Good to Outstanding programme and Middle Leaders programme
Reigate Park Primary
  • Reigate Primary SLE support, Good to Outstanding programme, Headteacher Development Days, NQT support & RQT support
Meadow Farm School
  • Meadow Farm Peer Review, Lesson Study, Transforming Teaching and Learning programme and NQT support
Borrow Wood Primary
  • Borrow Wood Primary RQT support, Good to Outstanding programme, LLE support and NLE support
Lakeside Primary School
  • Lakeside Community Primary NLE support, NQT support, English support

School Direct Primary

School Direct Secondary

Department for Education

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) – Physics, Year One

Free Teacher subject Specialism Training for non-specialist teachers who have not completed Physics as part of their Initial Teacher Training. This programme is funded through the National College of Teaching & Leadership (NCTL). Each session was facilitated by a Physics specialist focussing on different topics each session, specialising in practical ideas and activities, as well as pedagogical approaches, tips and strategies for successful learning.

STEM Learning

Triple Science – Cohort One

Triple Science support helps schools, managers and teachers plan, develop and deliver Triple Science GCSEs. The programme offers training, consultancy, networking, resources and publications. Cohort One was a two year programme that involved Heritage High School.

Triple Science – Cohort Two

Triple Science support helps schools, managers and teachers plan, develop and deliver Triple Science GCSEs. The programme offers training, consultancy, networking, resources and publications. Cohort Two was a two year programme that involved The Bemrose School, Merrill Academy, Belper High School and Whittington Green.

About Us

Derby Teaching School Alliance

DTSA has a growing team of SLEs offering school-to-school improvement support and collaboration that contributes to ‘raising the bar and closing the gap’ in achievement for all children. We continue to grow and are now working with over 120 schools in Derby, Derbyshire and other areas. Both Derby and Derbyshire STEM Science Learning Partnership (SLP) and Derby and Derbyshire Governance Partnership (DGP) are now part of our offer.

We really are “by schools – for schools” and DTSA is a not-for-profit charitable incorporated organisation with any annual surplus reinvested to keep prices low and offer great value for money.

We continue to receive excellent feedback on the impact of our courses, conferences, network meetings, school-based support and our School Direct Initial Teacher Education (ITE previously ITT) programme.

We welcome engagement from all types of school – all we ask is that you aspire to our values and vision:

1.   An ethical basis and shared sense of moral purpose

2.   A working culture rooted in trust, mutual respect, reciprocity, consistency and a regard for the dignity of every individual

3.   School leaders that are committed to improvement through open, honest and cooperative relationships

4.   A focus on improving outcomes through learning and learning how to learn

5.   Reflective practitioners who encourage and support colleagues in their own and other schools through shared problem solving and joint working

6.   A common language in which everyone can participate and contribute

7.   A collective responsibility for leading, coordinating and delivering sustainable improvements in an inclusive and non-hierarchical approach

8.   Efficient and effective use of collective resources to raise standards

9.   A shared accountability for improving performance across all partner schools while sustaining existing levels of achievement

10. Collaboration that makes a real difference and has a positive impact on the lives and life chances of children and young people