School Direct Consortium & Teaching School Alliance
QEGS is a strategic partner of two Teaching School Alliances; the Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance and Maths Hub and the Ashbourne Dove Valley Teaching School Alliance.
- QEGS is a strategic partner of two Teaching School Alliances; the Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance and Maths Hub and the Ashbourne Dove Valley Teaching School Alliance.
- 2 members of staff are due to complete NPQSL this year (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership).
- 3 staff will progress to NPQML this year (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership).
- 10 staff have 'graduated' from the Outstanding Teacher Programme'; 3 more begin the programme in the Autumn Term.
- TLTL starts this year: Teaching and Learning Training Lunch - spreading good and outstanding practice
- QEGS Headteacher supports other schools in Derbyshire.
- Leadership developments are regularly shared with all schools in Derbyshire.
- QEGS continues to work with partner primaries - the sports partnership thrives.
- Maths Hub: our Faculty Leader is working with Painsley to develop this initiative.
- Our Future Strategy work is progressing as we plan to grow in the future to accommodate new housing.
QEGS is one of eleven schools who form the Painsley Catholic College School Direct Consortium.
Six Partner Secondary Schools:
- Painsley Catholic College – Cheadle
- QEGS – Ashbourne
- St John Fisher Catholic College – Newcastle under Lyme
- St Margaret Ward Catholic College – Longton
- Blythe Bridge High School – Blythe Bridge
Five Partner Primary Schools:
- St Filumena’s Catholic – Caversall
- St Mary’s Catholic – Leek
- The Faber Catholic – Cotton
- St Joseph’s Catholic – Uttoxeter
- St Giles catholic – Cheadle
The lead school is Painsley Catholic College which was designated as a National Teaching school in April 2014. All the partner schools in the consortium make up a Teaching School Alliance.
The Alliance works with a range of Higher Education providers including Derby University, Brimingham City University, Keele University. Through collaboration the aim is to provide high quality, school based Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct programme. The programme lasts all year and at the end of it students gain qualified teacher status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
What does the School Direct programme look like?
This is a combination of classroom practice and relevant in school training. Classroom practice will include two placements in consortium schools over the year. QEGS SD students will spend the majority of their training at QEGS. Six weeks will be spent in another Consortium Secondary School. The student will have a trained mentor (SFS) and a professional tutor (CL or FL). The HE provider will also provide a support mentor.
Press Release - 11/09/14
QEGS is one of six partner secondary schools across Staffordshire and the Midlands which form the Painsley Catholic College School Direct Consortium & Teaching Alliance. QEGS is offering high-quality, school-based teacher training, in partnership with Higher Education providers (University of Derby, Birmingham City University and Keele University. The School Direct programme lasts one year and, at the end of this one year, students gain Qualified Teacher Status.
This is an exciting time for QEGS as it proudly announces its role as a strategic partner in the development of Specialist Teacher Training, and as part of the national network of 32 Maths Hubs announced by the Government.
QEGS’ excellent reputation in mathematics has resulted in the Maths Department taking a leading role in driving improvements in the quality of maths education. QEGS staff will be offering school-to-school support, as well as maths enrichment programmes for primary schools and will be developing strategies to recruit maths specialists into teaching.
Mrs Anne Martin, Headteacher at QEGS, commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for QEGS and will benefit both staff and students. It is about recruiting the very best staff in this country to work with students, getting the very best results and outcomes. We are very excited about these projects and are looking forward to future developments.”
Information on the Ashbourne Dove Valley Teaching School Alliance can be found by clicking on this link - ADVTSA Website.