Swiss Cottage is a Teaching School and leads an alliance of outstanding teachers and leaders who are committed to supporting other schools to raise standards of teaching and improve the achievement of pupils. Our organisational partners include universities, health, higher education institutions and charities, all offering partnerships working to enhance educational opportunities for SEN and mainstream pupils.

As a Teaching School we work with a number of schools and other strategic partners to form a teaching school alliance. Working together, the alliance will deliver support for other schools in their wider network to:

  • Play a greater role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession (initial teacher training);
  • Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development (continuing professional development);
  • Identify and develop leadership potential (succession planning and talent management);
  • Provide support for other schools;
  • Designate and broker SLEs; and
  • Engage in research and development activity

Key Principles

  • The Alliance recognises that every school, mainstream or special has responsibility for SEN and whilst the Alliance will have a focus on inclusion, it will offer a broad range of school to school support and opportunities for collaboration across all sectors.
  • The Alliance includes a core of SEN schools providing capacity to offer SEN expertise as a key component of our school to school support for our mainstream primary and secondary schools. We encourage an improved rate of early interventions in identifying and supporting SEN.
  • All CPD and school to school improvement and support will be underpinned by coaching approaches which are predicated on the basis of ‘doing with’ rather than ‘doing to’.
  • The Alliance is committed to working with Head teachers and schools, NLEs, SLEs and LLEs to encourage and support joint practice development through action research.
  • Central to our vision is the opportunity that SEN pupil centric strategies can bring improvement to the achievements of pupils in the mainstream classroom.
  • The Alliance works with partner Schools to grow capacity for mutual support through co-creation and co-construction of projects. Shared projects, outreach support, collaborative research

Strategic Ambitions

The Alliance intends to be a nationally and internationally renowned teaching and learning organisation, delivering;

  • Training programmes linking theory to successful classroom practice evidenced within the partnership.
  • Supporting ‘cradle to grave’ professional development of teachers and support staff in schools.
  • Capability to identify and share outstanding practise to support training of teachers and pupil achievement at all levels, with a particular emphasis on our SEN expertise that adds value to all provision.
  • Collaborative research by lead teachers and academic partners evidenced by studies demonstrating the link between practitioner-led research and good classroom practice.
  • Successful SEN input into ITT programmes that raise the number of qualified teachers choosing an SEN route (progressing to SENCOs) but also equip mainstream trainees with a better understanding of SEN requirements.
  • An embedded professional development and research culture – where the value of these disciplines is understood and managed by the organisation.
  • Programmes focused on removing barriers to learning through better assessment, identification of need and effective intervention strategies.
  • Deepened support of SEN by bringing education and health together through expertise centred partnerships and collaborative planning of teaching and learning – hospital schools, PRUs, mental health units.
  • A focus on ITT, Early Career Development and CPD as a platform to grow, practise and share these principles.

Teaching School Provision and Impact

The document ‘Teaching School Provision and Impact’ summarises the innovation and training currently provided by the teaching school and forecasts the long-term and short-term impact.

Teaching School Provision Impact

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