Partner Package

DTSA staff have been involved in a wide range of school based research, and taken some of it through to publication. We work with all types of schools on small or large research projects, and can either lead these ourselves, or facilitate staff to help lead these themselves.

In order to publish findings we work with education staff at the University of Derby to secure ethical consent at the start of potential projects, and we can provide links to research staff interested in similar areas. Projects currently underway are on Systems Leadership and SLE deployments, and Boys Literacy, where we are having a guest talk at a research launch event from Dr Jon Clarke.

Membership of the Teaching School Alliance is gained by purchasing the Partner Package. This main package contains the usual high quality termly morning meetings with excellent speakers and significant discounts on all our other courses.

This year we are also establishing within this package a new DTSA Partner Headteacher Forum where twice a year we will hold a meeting around a specific theme which headteachers themselves have identified as being an area they wish to consider and discuss with colleagues in some depth.

Members of the alliance will:-

  •  Be part of an inclusive school led system encouraging and supporting each other to continue to raise standards and narrow gaps in pupil achievement.
  •  Receive monthly e-mailed Partner Headteacher Briefings containing local; regional and national updates and regular e-mails with programme updates. Avoid isolation and keep up to date in changing times by being part of a large and inclusive cross phase Alliance of schools.
  •  Receive fortnightly emailed DTSA primary updates. Keeping you up-to-date with all forthcoming events; courses, conferences and networks.
  •  Access up to 3 places at our popular termly DTSA Partner Morning Meetings where Partner schools can access this at no further cost. The meetings include a national and local update of key developments plus a significant input on a key area for development from a high quality national speaker with time for networking, round table discussion and questions.


Package Cost: £545 which allows 3 places at all meeting on this page

Non DTSA Partner members can attend any of these meeting at a cost of £85 per meeting

Working together – helping successful collaboration between leaders, teachers and schools.

Author of Brave Heads and Leadership Dialogues and a former school leader in a variety of different and challenging school environments with many years’ experience – and the bruises to prove it.


Dave has been a good friend to DTSA over the years. His gift is the ability to see beyond the many obstacles in front of him and relentlessly generate creative and imaginative approaches to overcoming them. His passion for working within challenging communities is matched by his passion for through-schooling, for innovation inside and outside the classroom and for leadership that is both courageous and humane.


“An amazing speaker, who was engaging and interesting.”
“Excellent, motivational & inspirational – very knowledgeable.”
“Absolutely wonderful – lots of info peppered with humour, good to listen to.”

Multi-Ethnic Group of People Working Together

Dates: 12 March 2019
Facilitator: Dave Harris, Director, Independent Thinking
Venue: Breadsall Priory, Moor Road,Morley, Derby, DE7 6DL.
Time: 8:30am – 11:45am (tea and coffee from 8am)
Individual Session Cost: free for Partner Schools and £85 for a Non Partner School for a single session on a pay as you go basis