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Name:                Elizabeth Lawson
Position:            Assistant Headteacher 

I am passionate about Leadership, Learning and Teaching and the moral principle of the Teaching School in increasing our capacity to impact positively on even more students in our care. When I talk of ‘OUR’ I am referring to the Alliance of schools in the Woodrush TSA and we are growing and adding new schools to our Alliance.

But to some, the Teaching School is a strange principle- what do we do?! What does it actually mean to be a Teaching School?! In brief, our role is to cover ‘The Big Six’ strategy areas:

1. ITT (Initial Teacher training- this covers our different routes into teaching and also NQT and RQT support)
2. CPD/Leadership Development
3. Succession Planning/Talent Management
4. School to School Support
5. Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)
6. Research & Development (R&D)
 
(-or sometimes now referred to the ‘Big Three’ (identified in bold)- which are of central importance in the Teaching School. Within our team we have designated members of staff who lead in these areas and we work with the Leads from our Alliance of schools.

We are closely connected to Woodrush High School –an Outstanding 11-18 Secondary school on the edge of Birmingham (and I still serve as an Assistant Headteacher and English teacher in the school) and do utilise this strong link, yet within our Alliance we have effective partnerships which access our training feed into support each other and the schools we are associated with.
 
Indeed, attending any of training or working with us to train teachers immediately makes you one of our ‘Woodrush TSA Alumni’- your role then to widen the impact of your learning with your staff and students. We pride ourselves on our personal and professional manner
and ability to adapt our training to suit the needs of our delegates and training teachers. Our trainers are experienced, friendly and ensure that you leave with practical strategies to support your particular need. All of our training is highly evaluated.
 
It is our aim to increase the collaboration of our schools in the Alliance and develop our ability to share the capacity to lead and support in these areas. Centrally planning and working together, particularly to plan for an even stronger year 2017-18, will further increase the TSA’s capacity and support each school in their personal journey to success. If you would like to join our TSA, or simply wish to contact me to talk through CPD or support you could offer or need, please contact me via our Teaching School Administrator Abi Zaman at teachingschool@woodrushhigh.worcs.sch.uk .
 
Additionally, please return to this website to see the adverts for our CPD- this will update throughout the year. We have a long history of innovative L+T, research and development and school to school support.
 
I look forward to meeting you soon and, along with our Woodrush TSA team and Alliance of schools, having the opportunity to support you and your school on your journey to ‘Discover your potential’ – as a pupil, teacher, school and leader. 
 
 
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Name:             Samantha Bullivant
Position:    
     Initial Teacher Training Coordinator

Sam is ITT coordinator for Woodrush TSA, she oversees all primary and secondary School's Direct places across the alliance, ensuring that student teachers are well placed throughout their training year. Sam designs and delivers school-based training for our School Direct trainees and visits them on placement to observe and give feedback. Sam is also senior mentor for all PGCE students on university-led routes and organises and delivers their whole school issues training. She has built strong relationships with 3 local universities; Birmingham, Warwick & Worcester to ensure we cover a wide geography. Sam is a maths teacher and has a passion for numeracy across the curriculum.
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Name:             Laura Hollingworth
Position:         Professional Development Coordinator   
                       Research and Development Coordinator
 
Research and Development Coordinator Laura is Head of year 12 and has many years experience of responsibility in our Science faculty. Laura is one of Woodrush TSA's 2 R&D and CPD coordinators. Laura is currently responsible for applying for research grants and organising research and CPD events across the alliance. Laura is particularly interested in active research and life long learning.
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Name:             Claire Croxall
Position:
         Professional Development Coordinator                          
                       Research and Development Coordinator

Claire is Head of MFL at Woodrush and is one of Woodrush TSA's 2 R&D and CPD coordinators. She is currently responsible for organising CPD and networking events on behalf of the alliance for local schools and is passionate about teaching and learning with a particular interest in assessment for learning.
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Name:             Janine Metcalfe-Taylor
Position:         Professional Development Coordinator

Janine is an experienced Head of English at Woodrush and is one of Woodrush TSA's CPD coordinators.  She is responsible for organising CPD and networking events on behalf of the alliance, and is passionate about supporting teachers and Educators to be the best they can be (regardless of their experience.) She is passionate about sharing best practice and approaching education with creativity, ensuring that our training (and pedagogy) reacts and adapts to meet the needs of all our students.
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Name:             Abigail Zaman
Position:
         Woodrush Teaching School Alliance Administrator

Abi is Woodrush TSA's Administrator. After graduating from University Abi knew she wanted to work within the educational field, and thoroughly enjoys coordinating the administration for the TSA, as well as recruiting for teacher training. You will regularly see Abi at teacher recruitment fairs, or at Woodrush TSA CPD events.

If you have any questions regarding Woodrush Teaching School Alliance please do contact Abi at: teachingschool@woodrushhigh.worcs.sch.uk

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