St Helens TSA

“Teaching schools give outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and head teachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support.”
St Mary and St Thomas CE Primary School gained National Teaching School Status in April 2013. We work in partnership with Strategic Partners from across St Helens, Knowsley, Wigan and many other neighbouring areas (Primary, Secondary and Special phases) and have a dedicated team of experienced practitioners who are able to deliver a wide range of programmes for the training and professional development of staff in schools.
Please use the following link to the St Helens Teaching Schools to find out more.
We cover all six areas of Teaching School work:
  • Initial Teacher Training
  • School to School support
  • Specialist Leaders of Education
  • Professional Development for staff in schools
  • Identify and Develop Leadership potential
  • Research and Development


Our ‘Moto’ is: Working together to Inspire, support and achieve! In a very short space of time we have recruited a number of strategic partners; these schools share the same drive and ambition and with an ever growing wider alliance membership we are working together to ensure all teachers, support staff, other education professionals, leadership teams, head teachers and most importantly the children of St Helens benefit from our high quality support to help to raise and sustain levels of progress, attainment and achievement for all.
The St Helens Teaching Schools Alliance aims are to:
  • Help schools to build capacity in a way that is manageable for them, and reflect the high standards to which we aspire
  • Provide a strong supply of high quality new teachers to the profession
  • Significantly improve the quality of serving teachers
  • Develop great leaders and the next generation of head teachers
  • Support schools in need of support, particularly schools in an OFSTED category or below floor standard
This will lead to:
  • Increased achievement of pupils
  • Fewer schools in OFSTED categories or below floor standards
  • An increased percentage of good and outstanding schools
  • A self-improving and sustainable system that has capacity to improve further


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