The ultimate aim of the work undertaken by teaching schools is to have a positive and sustainable impact on the lives and opportunities of all children and young people by raising standards of teaching and improving learning outcomes.
St. Anthony's Teaching School is one of only eight teaching schools within Leeds. Besides the work we do as an individual teaching school, St. Anthony's works within an alliance - a group of schools and strategic partners that are supported by the leadership of a teaching school. Working together means a stronger team of professionals and a wider range of knowledge, skills and experience which can be deployed across the 'Big Six' strands of work undertaken by each teaching school.
Supporting other Schools
We lead the co-ordination of school-to-school support. This usually involves working with a school or academy in challenging circumstances to bring about improvement but can also encompass work to ensure standards are maintained at high levels. Priorities are identified to support under-performing schools and academies. Local authorities and Dioceses work with us to support schools in need of improvement. We ensure that the best system leaders are working to improve the quality of teaching and leadership where it is most needed. This includes deciding how to use the services of system leaders to provide support to other schools, such as:
middle and senior leaders working as Specialist Leaders of Education
Headteachers working as local and National Leaders of Education
Chairs of Governors working as National Leaders of Governance
Information on these roles can be found in this guide to system leader roles.
Information is provided below in relation to our current systems for school to school support. Please click on the links to find out more:
The latest funding for school improvement (April 2017)
The £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund is a grant to support primary, secondary, middle, all-through, alternative provision and special academies and maintained schools, and pupil referral units. It is intended to further build a school-led system, and aims to target resources at the schools most in need to improve school performance and pupil attainment; to help them use their resources most effectively, and to deliver more good school places.
The fund will support a broad range of school improvement activities including, but not limited to, improving leadership, governance, teaching methods and approaches, and financial health and efficiency. The fund will support medium- to long-term sustainable activities across groups of schools with a preference towards school-led provision, that is, support provided by schools, for schools.
The Strategic School Improvement Fund is not intended to support specific projects or activities already funded through other Department for Education programmes. These will include those focused on curriculum enhancement, opportunity areas, Northern Powerhouse, national professional qualifications, initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment, Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund, academy conversion activities or improvements in school buildings or infrastructure.
Teaching schools, multi-academy trusts and local authorities will submit to the Department for Education applications for funding on behalf of the sector to address local improvement priorities across groups of schools. To ensure that support reaches those schools which need it most, and in the most effective way, we expect that, in shaping these applications, regional schools commissioners, multi-academy trusts, local authorities, the Teaching Schools Council, and diocesan representatives will work collaboratively with schools to bring together their local intelligence to identify shared improvement priorities.
If you meet any of the eligibility criteria below, and wish to be supported through a combined bid, then please contact Lisa Leonard on: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are hoping to work collaboratively to enter a bid in round 2 in September.
Our NLEs begin the school to school process, commissioning contracts and brokering support. Here are the main NLEs working currently with our TSA:
Mrs Alixena Lubomski is an experienced headteacher with a proven track record in providing effective system leadership support to colleague headteachers in the Dioceses of Salford and Leeds over the last ten years. Currently she is also a serving Section 48 Inspector and Canonical Review Leader for the Diocese of Leeds.
As a headteacher of Sacred Heart, Ilkley within The Bishop Wheeler Multi-Academy Trust, she works in collaboration with the other heads on a regular basis. She leads and supports internal school-to-school reviews and provides peer support on a range of issues including: