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Initial Teacher Training

Do you want to get into teaching? We have places available on our School Direct programme.

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Meet the SLEs

 slesSpecialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools.

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Primary New Curriculum

Join our colleagues working together to share resources for the Primary New Curriculum.

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What We Do

Teaching schools are part of the drive to give schools more freedom and responsibility for managing school improvement. As well as offering training and support for their alliance themselves, teaching schools identify and co-ordinate expertise from their alliance, using the best leaders and teachers to:


1. Play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession
2. Lead peer-to-peer professional development
3. Identify and develop leadership potential
4. Provide support for other schools
5. Designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)
6. Become involved in school-based research and development.

After only being in existence for 10 months or so, we are not yet working fully in all these areas, but as Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance work expands, so our role and expertise in all six areas develops.



Get into Teaching

Do you want to make a difference and inspire young people?
Do you want to invest your time in a career and not just a job?


Find out more -------> Get into Teaching



Berni Pearce (English/Assessment/CPDT)
Will Woodfine (Maths)
David Bounds (Behaviour Management)
Jade Slater (Closing the Gap)
Tracey Condliffe (Business Manager)

  Vickie Keeling (Business Manager)
Andy Mayers (D&T)
Aimee Williams (English/CPDT)
Lorna Sykes (Science/CPDT)
Ian Verow (PE/Teaching and Learning)

They bring a wealth of experience to the Alliance in many areas of school improvement. They will be available for deployment from the Spring Term.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the work of SLEs either as a prospective SLE or as a school who might benefit from having an SLE deployed in your school, please contact the Director of Teaching School, Berni Pearce.


NQT Appropriate Body

Blackfriars Teaching School is an Appropriate Body for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) in England. We are able to deliver a high quality and flexible package to support your NQTs. All meetings will be held in Staffordshire and will provide your NQTs with the opportunity to network and collaborate with other colleagues.

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Profession takes lead on assessment after the end of levels

School leaders’ union NAHT has released the findings of its commission into school assessment today (Thursday 13 February).

The commission aimed to establish some national principles for assessment in schools to preserve consistency in the absence of a government approved system of levels. 
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aparrInternational Education

Alison Parr, Head of Blackfriars Academy, recently joined colleagues from Keele University to deliver sessions on the Postgraduate Certificate in International Education. Read More...



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