The Willink Teaching School Alliance was established in July 2017. As a centre of excellence providing high quality services in the Berkshire/Hampshire area, we have a proven track record of collaboration with local schools.
The services we offer are:
High quality school-based ITT
High quality School to School Support
Professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders (CPD)
Train to Teach
Welcome to the Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership, which comprises of Little Heath School, Prospect School, The Hurst Community College, Theale Green, The Wren and The Willink as Lead School and Teaching School. As a Partnership, we pride ourselves on our teaching and the strength of our teacher training programmes. We have many years' experience supporting trainee teachers with our talented ITT coordinators, mentors and supportive Leadership teams. Successful School Direct trainees will be based in one school, but will meet with other trainees across the Partnership and have the opportunity of placements in our variety of different educational settings.
School Direct is a one-year programme that enables aspirant teachers to train full-time in schools. For further details on School Direct please access the Teaching Agency's website: www.education.gov.uk/teachschooldirect.
The Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership is working with the University of Reading as a training provider, an alliance that is well established, strong and successful. The Two Counties Teacher Training Partnership have a great deal of experience supporting trainee teachers with the University of Reading; many trainees continue at our schools after their Initial Teacher Training, completing their NQT years and developing their careers further. For more details on the University of Reading and School Direct please click here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/education/pg-taught/ioe-SchoolDirect.aspx
There are strict application criteria for applicants to this programme. All applicants must have GCSE A*-C passes in GCSE Mathematics and English; have a second class upper division degree (or better) in a relevant subject (certain subjects may have some flexibility on this).
School Experience Programme
The Willink Teaching School Alliance holds regular Train to Teach Information Drop-in sessions which are advertised through the DfE’s ‘Get Into Teaching’ website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/teaching-events) and include details on:
- Training and assessment programme both with the University and in school
- Entry requirements
- Selection process
- Finance options.
Candidates wishing to apply to this partnership will be given opportunities to arrange school experience days within one of our schools. Contact details are:
0118 959 0466
The Hurst Community College
0118 981 7474
Little Heath School
0118 942 7337
The Willink School
0118 983 2030
Mrs Sarah Page
Theale Green School
0118 930 2741
The Wren School
0118 959 1868
School to School Support
The Willink Teaching School has always been proud to work collaboratively with other schools.
National Leaders in Education (NLEs) usually work with schools identified as being in need of improvement. Their goal is to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable system.
Our Head Teacher, Peter Fry, has received NLE training and is available to carry out any NLE commissionings.
We have a group of experienced practitioners who are available to undertake School to School support. (Our School to school support rate card is available on request.) Our experience as a Teaching School has been in offering support in the following areas:
- Subject specific support for HoD or individual teacher in all core subjects, humanities and music
- Ofsted preparation
- Senior middle management reviews
- Department reviews
- NQT consultancy
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Professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders
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- PGCE collaborative training with Alliance schools
Our School Direct and University of Reading trainees meet regularly with other trainees in the Partnership for subject specific training provided by expert professionals.
- Secondary NQT Induction
We see NQT induction as a means to develop the best teachers in the local area.
Our key aims:
To improve learning outcomes for students by ensuring that NQTs have the range of skills, knowledge and experience that will enable them to deliver high quality learning activities
To retain the best quality teachers by giving NQTs opportunities to develop their careers successfully
To provide gap tasks for the NQTs that will enable engagement in the CPD activities and further develop them as reflective practitioners
To provide the NQTs with an opportunity to network and form collaborate groups
The NQT programme consists of the following twilight sessions:
Building positive relationships for learning
The COVID context: Blended learning- maintaining engagement and addressing gaps
Filling the gaps
Effective group work - collaborative and peer-led learning
The deep dive: curriculum and Ofsted
Stretch and challenge
Difficult conversations and the role of the tutor
- Collaborative 'Excellence in Middle Leadership' CPD
To provide aspiring middle leaders and those new to the role with the opportunity to engage with research and experience some of the key issues underpinning middle leadership with the support of a cross section of leaders in the partnership schools.
Core Unit 1 – Managing a team
Core Unit 2 – Managing change and managing conflict
Optional Unit 3 (Curriculum Leads) – Managing data and the curriculum
Optional Unit 4 (Pastoral Leads) – Managing data and relationships with parents and external agencies
- Collaborative 'Aspiring Senior Leaders' CPD
To provide aspiring senior leaders with the opportunity to engage with research and experience of some of the key issues underpinning senior leadership, with the support of a cross section of senior leaders in the partnership schools
Unit 1- Leading the curriculum teaching and learning: holding others to account
Unit 2 - Behaviour management and inclusion: addressing barriers to learning
Unit 3 - Effective school management: leadership; finance; HR
Training with Alliance Schools
The Teaching School regularly works collaboratively with other local schools on staff training, including work on the curriculum and Teaching and Learning. To discuss any potential projects please contact Jenny Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Willink School,
Reading, RG7 3XJ
Tel: 0118 9832030
Ms Jenny Evans
Teaching School Lead
Teaching School Administrator
Mrs Anne Lean