About Us

Our Teaching School Alliance

In November 2015 The Redstart Primary School in Chard, Somerset became the second primary school in Somerset to be designated as a Teaching School and is also a National Support School. This status allows us to offer professional development to schools in the area, as well as providing high quality training for our own staff.

Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are carefully selected from Ofsted rated “outstanding" schools. They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career. They take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools, not least by exemplifying excellent standards of teaching. 

For further details on National Teaching Schools please click the link to be directed to the National College for Teaching and Leadership website.

About Us

The Redstart Teaching Alliance (RTA) is currently working with a collaboration of 16 primary, secondary and middle schools across Somerset, Devon and Dorset to provide high-quality training and development to new and existing staff.  In response to the national agenda of developing a self-improving school system, the partner schools within the Alliance have come together to lead a framework of training, research and professional development for the benefit of all schools across the area and within the alliance.

The Redstart Teaching Alliance is establishing itself as a reputable teaching school.   Our vision is to work together to raise standards and make a positive difference to the quality of our learners’ learning experiences and achievements and to develop leadership potential.   We aim to sustain and promote an exceptional quality of education for the students and communities we serve. Each organisation involved shares our common ethos to deliver outstanding student outcomes and they have a proven track record of good and/or outstanding practice.

As a teaching school, we will identify, develop and co-ordinate expertise for the benefit of pupils across a network of schools, resulting in:

  • better results for pupils
  • fewer poorly performing schools
  • more good and outstanding schools
  • a self-improving and sustainable system

Our Alliance Partners

The Alliance is well placed to deliver the demands of the Teaching School initiative. The Redstart Teaching Alliance works with a range of primary, middle and secondary schools to develop and promote the best practices in training and pedagogy. One of the main aims of a Teaching School is to work together as a group of schools and other partners that are supported by the leadership of the lead Teaching School.

A few comments from our alliance mebers:

Paul Rushforth, CEO, WSAT - 'Being part of Redstart Teaching Alliance has opened up a world of opportunities for tailored professional development. It is great to work with like minded, values driven professionals.'

Gillian Morris, Headteacher at Charmouth Primary School - 'The Redstart Teaching Alliance provides rigorous and structured support for areas of school improvement.  The staff are very generous of their time and are proud to be able to support and
help colleagues improve their practice.  It is very beneficial to be part of
the alliance as consistent outstanding practice can be disseminated and staff
get to know each other across the schools.'

 

Our Alliance Partners

School Name

Address

County

Post Code

Primary

Tatworth Primary School

Tatworth

Somerset

TA20 2RX

Castle Primary School

Stoke Sub Hamdon

Somerset

TA14 6RE

The Redstart Primary School

Chard

Somerset

TA20 1SD

Minerva Primary School Taunton Somerset TA1 2BU

Avishayes Primary School

Chard

Somerset

TA20 1NS

Charmouth Primary School

Charmouth

Dorset

DT6 6LR

Buckland St. Mary C of E Primary School

Nr. Chard

Somerset

TA20 3SJ

Stockland C of E Primary Academy

Nr. Honiton

Devon

EX14 9EF

Winsham Primary School

Winsham

Somerset

TA20 4HU

Brookside Academy

Street

Somerset

BA16 0PR

Primary and Middle

The Quantock Academy

Williton

Somerset

TA4 4SW

Middle

Swanmead Community School

Ilminster

Somerset

TA19 0BL

Minehead Middle School

Minehead

Somerset

TA24 5RH

Secondary

Holyrood Academy

Chard

Somerset

TA20 1JL

The Castle School, Taunton

Taunton

Somerset

TA1 5AU

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