Name: Elizabeth Lawson
Position: Woodrush Teaching School Alliance Director
I would like to introduce myself as Director of Woodrush TSA. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.