Teaching School Alliances

Teaching Alliances enable work with Partners for Excellence to provide high quality CPD, teacher training and school to school support. There are currently two alliances within the partnership.

Woodfield Teaching School Alliance

In 2013, Woodfield Sports College gained recognition as a teaching school. As a small special school their ambition has been to make a direct impact on the teaching and learning and outcomes of their pupils. At the same time they have formed partnerships with neighbouring schools and institutions to fulfil their wider role as a teaching school in the educational community.

Although their initial focus originated in the special needs and inclusion sector they now address much wider issues centred around Professional Development, Career Progression, Succession and Leadership.

During the first year the work of the Woodfield Teaching School Alliance has grown.

They are training more than a dozen new teachers. They have offered placements to many other trainee teachers. They are delivering successful CPD, focused around the needs of their school and their students, but open to professional participation from the wider local educational community. They are also training a cohort of Middle Leaders and have supported three colleagues with their NPQH qualification. They have appointed a team of Specialist Leaders of Education to offer support to other schools.

Their plans for the future aim to continue this growth and consolidation process.


Brent Teaching School Alliance

The Brent Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) is a cross phase strategic partnership group, whose core purpose is to meet the school improvement needs of Brent schools.

Byron Court is the lead school for the Brent Teaching School Alliance with 8 strategic partners: the Institute of Education, Claremont High School Academy, Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Sudbury Primary School, Mount Stewart Junior School, Wembley Learning Zone, the Gateway Teaching School Alliance and Partners for Excellence. Our mission is to ensure that through collaboration, innovation, engagement and excellence that standards of teaching and learning are raised, resulting in improved pupil progress and attainment for every pupil in Brent.

The Brent Teaching School Alliance is a strategic partner in the cross-borough Gateway Teaching School Alliance and the Woodfield Special School Alliance. These alliances are committed to sharing professional development data-bases and expertise ensuring each makes a unique contribution to addressing local needs. The IoE is a BTSA strategic partner, so enabling BTSA to draw on their wider work.



The BTSA offers a range of career professional development programmes and opportunities. Our core purpose is to ensure that all staff, whatever their role in school, can access professional development that is appropriate to their current role and which helps them to move forward in their career. We are working in 8 key areas: Initial Teacher Training, Research and Development, CPD and Leadership Development, School to School Support, Specialist Leaders of Education, Succession Planning and Talent Management, NQT Induction and Professional Learning Networks.


Specialist Leaders of Education:

Specialist Leaders of Education (or SLEs) are recognised nationally as outstanding middle or senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own contexts.

As a Teaching School we have six accredited SLEs who are all outstanding leaders with experience of successfully developing teaching and learning and leadership in their own schools and beyond.


The Brent Teaching School Alliance’s SLEs are offering a free half-day audit visit to schools to identify specific needs and draw up a targeted action plan for whatever support is needed.


Richard Sternberg Byron Court Primary School SEND
Sarah Mesgian Oliver Goldsmith primary School SEND
Ron Jeffrey Byron Court Primary School Business and Financial Management
Minesh Randeria Byron Court Primary School PE
Lara Griffith Byron Court Primary School MFL
Madhu Bakshi Byron Court Primary School EAL & Phonics

SLE support is brokered by the Brent Teaching School Alliance (BTSA). Please contact us on info@btsa.london to express an interest or make further inquiries.

Interested in becoming a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)?: Next application round opens in May.