Welcome to the Nottinghamshire TorchTeaching School Alliance

The Torch Teaching School Alliance is a dynamic partnership of more than 30 schools spread across the East Midlands, who share a common goal of continuous school improvement through collaboration. We are committed to high quality training that impacts on the learning experiences of every child’s education.

We offer the opportunity for wider professional networking and opportunities to lead and learn from colleagues working in a diverse range of settings. Our staff have a shared moral purpose to work together to improve the learning and achievement of all the young people in their schools and to support other schools in the region to do the same.

At the Torch Teaching School Alliance we have a bank of nationally and regionally recognised experts who work together to help schools and individuals in need of support. Our highly practical training and support programmes are available to all schools and academies, not just to the schools within our trust.

We aim to be a beacon of excellence and specialist expertise and to:

  • Create outstanding teachers of the future through our School Based Initial Teacher Training programme
  • Identify and grow our own expert teaching and leadership talent not only to benefit schools within the Torch Teaching School Alliance but in schools locally, nationally and internationally
  • Develop bespoke CPD courses, subject networks and highly skilled mentors in order to provide the highest quality training for teachers at every stage of their career
  • Deliver creative and collegiate approaches to school-to-school support
  • Offer the expertise of a wide and varied group of Specialist Directions of Education (SDE) from across our trust. Our SDEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders with a particular area of expertise and the skills to develop the leadership capacity of colleagues in similar positions in other schools
  • Encourage our members to engage in research and development in order to deepen understanding of how schools can facilitate the optimum learning experiences for children to achieve

We warmly invite you to consider joining us to help shape the future of our profession and the lives of the children we serve.

The Big Six

  1. Creating outstanding teachers of the future through our School Based Initial Teacher Training programme
  2. Identifying and growing expert teaching and leadership talent
  3. Developing bespoke courses, subject networks and highly skilled mentors in order to provide the highest quality training for teachers at every stage of their career
  4. Delivering creative and collegiate approaches to school-to-school support
  5. Offering the expertise of a wide and varied group of Specialist Directors of Education from across our trust
  6. Encouraging our members to engage in research and development

News and Twitter

  • Aspiring Middle Leadership Course

    Am I a Manager or a Leader?

    As part of the last training session our trainees looked at different styles of leadership and reflected on whether or not they are a Manager or a Leader before relating this information back to their own roles and the expectations of a Middle Leader within the Nova Education Trust, whether this is within one of our Primary or Secondary Schools.

    We can't wait to see the cohort again at our next training session on Wednesday 28th February, where we will be looking at Communication and well-being. Please note that the training venue has changed to Toot Hill School (Suthers' Building).

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    Posted 15/02/2018 by Main News - Read more

  • Another successful Classroom Learning Assistant Course

    Benefits of attending a CLA course .......

    Having the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other CLA's in the Nova Education Trust. By doing this we can learn about the current challenges and successes from a range of schools within the Trust. Course delegates have now started to implement a number of practices that have been covered as part of the course content and are seeing the benefits of implementing them.

    More useful information will be provided at our next event on Wednesday 21st March.

    Posted 12/02/2018 by Main News

  • MFL Subject Leaders Network

    Teaching Reading and Listening for the new GCSE

    MFL practitioners from across the Nova Education Trust met as part of our ongoing commitment to share good practices and to help each other to meet the demands of the challenging new GCSE specifications. The focus of our latest meeting was to review how to adapt our Teaching Reading and Listening for the new GCSE. We also started to look at how best to prepare for the Year 11 revision and exams. As practitioners we are all benefiting from sharing ideas/ best practices and our resources. As a networking group, we will meet again in March.

    Posted 08/02/2018 by Main News

  • Classroom Learning Assistants

    Networking is fun and beneficial!

    Feedback received so far has been extremely positive. Many of our trainees have said that one of the main benefits of the course so far has been the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other CLA's within the Nova Education Trust.

    We look forward to seeing you all next week!

    Posted 01/02/2018 by Main News

  • 'Courageous' Aspiring Senior Leaders

    Enlightening second session!

    Andy Seymour, Head of School - Newark Academy, presented a highly informative and inspirational training session as part of the second days agenda.

    Trainees found it extremely beneficial to hear real stories from Heads of School. Something, we hope to repeat in the next session with a Primary Head Teacher.

    Don't forget to submit your improvement/ action plans, if you have not done so already!

    Posted 30/01/2018 by Main News

  • Amazing Middle Leaders!

    Successful Day 2 of our Middle Leaders Training

    On Friday 19th January, we welcomed our new Middle Leaders cohort for Day 2 of the programme.

    Delegates had the opportunity to consider the challenges of leading Teaching and Learning within their team as well as across the school and to plan for progress and change. The day had a strong focus on the challenges of quality assuring a team and opportunities to action plan and work through case study scenarios.

    Well done to everyone who took part - we are very excited to hear about your on-going leadership development projects when we meet in February!

    Posted 23/01/2018 by Main News

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