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Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance was established in February 2015. Castlebar School is the designated teaching school and has formed an Alliance with a number of mainstream primary and special schools. The Alliance has a number of Key partners including Ealing LA and its School Effectiveness Team. As part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system the alliance is committed to developing all staff from students through to senior leadership.

Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance has a framework for school-to-school improvement and collaboration which is designed to improve the quality of teaching, learning and leadership within Ealing schools and the wider community. There are a number of recognised programmes delivered by leaders from the Alliance including the NPQML and NPQSL. 18 SLEs offer bespoke packages of support to schools including delivery of training sessions. All bespoke training is school based and involves an opportunity to observe classroom practice.

Our shared vision is to improve outcomes for all children. We aim to provide high quality ITT and CPD, recruiting and training the very best teachers for schools within the Alliance. Our partnerships with St. Mary’s University Twickenham (Strategic Partners) and the IOE ensure we play a key role in developing the teachers of the future, with 2 leaders from the Alliance taking the role of Link Tutors to a group of PGCE students.

We aim to share existing learning and generate new learning across the Alliance and network of teaching schools through research and development. Our current partnership with the IOE is supporting our research work around Lesson Study.

Our teaching school vision is based around these three core strands (Big 3):

  • Initial Teacher Training – including School Direct placements and development and support for teachers in their first 3 years
  • Professional Support – School to school support , Recruitment and deployment of SLEs, LLEs and NLEs
  • Professional Learning– leading the professional learning and development of middle and senior leaders, teachers, subject specific and support staff across the Alliance and beyond. Provision of bespoke training packages and the delivery of recognised programmes

Research and Development is a thread that is active in all 3 strands