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Moor End Academy and Castle Hill School received Teaching School designation from the NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership) in Sept 2013. The Teaching School operates under ‘The Big Six’ – six areas of Teaching School development which supports a school led system which are outlined below. Jane Acklam, Principal of Moor End Academy and Gill Robinson, Headteacher of Castle Hill School are both the Head of the Teaching School and The Pennine Alliance.

Strategic Lead for The Pennine Alliance: Kim Walton, Vice Principal, Moor End Academy
Teaching School Coordinator: Tony Miller, Moor End Academy
The Pennine Alliance – The alliance has over 43 schools from Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford and Hull with a combination of institutions from Secondary, Primary, Special and PRU

There are 9 KPI’s Key Performance indicators the Teaching School is required to meet. The following report outlines the activities and progress the Teaching School has made towards these KPI’s.

1.  Number of TS in TS alliance

2.  Initial Teacher Training

3.  Quality of teaching

4.  Pupil attainment

5.  Closing the gap

6.  Overall effectiveness of schools

7.  Quality of leadership

8.  Supply of teachers

9.  Specialist Leaders of education

ITT/NQT/RQT (Initial Teacher Training, Newly Qualified Teacher s and Recently Qualified Teachers)

In addition to the LA, Moor End Academy has become the NQT Appropriate Body for registering NQT’s within Kirklees. There are a total of 22 NQT’s from 7 schools, 14 primary, 6 secondary and 2 special schools registered and expected to successfully complete their NQT year with us.

Moor End Academy is the Lead School for Schools Direct – the new process to engage and recruit trainee teachers nationally. The Teaching School has received over 100 applications, with 64 interviews taking place and currently 19 trainees will take up training within 10 schools from within the alliance (secondary, primary and special). 12 Schools have hosted interviews and panels have included members of school SLT, faculty leaders, SCITT (School Centrered Initial Teacher Training) and university colleagues.

The interview process for prospective ITT students has included group activities, leaderless discussions, observations within the classroom and a formal interview. A combination of salaried and non salaried places have been offered and additional training opportunities for coaches and mentors for ITT students has taken place in host schools. Quality assurance of training has been gathered through standardised feedback form, collation of comments and feedback directly to the Teaching School.

The Teaching School works with the University of Huddersfield, University of Bradford and the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT on the preparation, design and delivery of the new ITT programme for Schools Direct.  Several staff including the Teaching School Coordinator, an alliance SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) and members of the SCITT have worked on designing a bespoke ITT programme to run from September 2014. The programme is tailored to trainees needs across Kirklees and offers unique opportunities including a two week special school placement.

Moor End Academy has worked closely with its ITT partners including Field Lane Primary and the Early Years ITT Programme. Moor End Academy has hosted two Teach First trainees for 2013/14 and they will continue at the Academy as NQT’s during 2013/14. Two new Teach First trainees will start at the Academy in September 2014 in Mathematics and Science.

Further Development 2014/15 – What the Teaching School needs to do to move forward

The Teaching School will:

  • Continue to develop the profession
  • Promote and work on Schools Direct requested places for 2015/16
  • Further TS expand and work with alliance schools and further to develop SD places
  • Continue to development SD programme with the University and SCITT
  • Work with other Outstanding School in the authority (primary, secondary and special) to build capacity
  • Deliver further training to ITT’s NQT’s by brokering SLE’s/outstanding practioners from within the alliance

CPD/Leadership Development (Continuous Professional Development)

A variety of professional development has been delivered by the alliance during 2013/14. Examples include:

  • Care and Control Training – 9 participants from two schools
  • Health and Safety for the Science Department – 13 participants from 4 schools
  • Leading Teams – 22 participants from 8 schools
  • RQT Programme – 24 participants from 6 schools
  • Working with SEND pupils – 24 participants – from 3 schools
  • Anger Management – 11 participants from 6 schools

Further CPD programmes have included behaviour management, communication, moderation, including involvement from the Viaduct Education Partnership.

Castle Hill Special School has organised Makaton taster sessions on behalf of the Teaching School to which four alliance schools attended. There is currently an Alliance Conference planned for November 2014 which involves two National speakers and a variety of workshops.

The Teaching School has successful run two cohorts of the NCTL Improver Teacher Programme – a total of 22 participants from 12 schools. There has been one cohort of the NCTL Outstanding Teacher Programme with 7 participants from 4 schools. In order to build capacity, the Teaching School has offered ITP and OTP facilitator  training for 4 staff from within the alliance.

The teaching school has two trained NPQML facilitators (National Qualification for Middle Leadership) with opportunities for up to a further 8 to be trained over the next 6 weeks. The Teaching School is working with Carnegie Leaders in Learning to offer up to 3 cohorts of NPQML from September 2014.

There has been training provided on the ‘Schools Leaders Toolkit’ for 3 x NLE’s (National Leaders of Education – 1 secondary and 2 primary) and ‘By for Schools’ training for 1 NLE and 1 LLE (Local Leader in Education).

Moor End Academy has hosted 2 NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) candidates during 2013/4 and many collaborative CPD opportunities have take place such as the BBEC/MEA joint INSET held in March 2014 and the Castle Hall INSET in which Moor End Academy Staff delivered bespoke Teaching and Learning training in Sept 2013.

Further Development 2014/15 – What the Teaching School needs to do to move forward

  • Become a hub to offer NPQML/NPQSL on behalf of Carnegie Teaching School for a Kirklees and local area offer – develop further links with Anglican TS alliance (bursaries for faith schools)
  • Continue to offer NPQH placements and venues for assessment days
  • Further develop CPD programmes offered throughout the alliance for 2014/15 that meet the needs of the schools involved and that are designed and delivered by the alliance SLE’s
  • Expand the offer of ITP and OTP to meet local need with further training for facilitators

Succession Planning and Talent Management

The Principal and Head of the Teaching School, Jane Acklam is working on the NCTL LLE pilot for 2013 – 2015. Local Leaders will be identified during May 2014 to May 2015 with recruitment taking place in July 2014, designation from Sept 2014 and identification and collation of existing LLE’s joining the new cohorts in training from autumn 2014. Quality assurance of the designation with take place in summer 2015.

Castle Hill School have been involved with design of a PGCE in leadership and management for SEN leaders which has also led to a similar concept being designed for a primary PGCSE from Sept 2015.

Moor End Academy is a residency school for Future Leaders and has taken part in the Emerging Academy Leaders programme for 2013/14. The teaching school has undertaken Governors Toolkit research with an alliance SLE and NLG (National Leader of Governance) which will be developed throughout 2014/15.

Moor End Academy’s Chair of Governors has embarked on nationally recognised training through Carnegie Leaders in Learning throughout 2013/14.

Further Development 2014/15 – What the Teaching School needs to do to move forward


  • Encourage an outstanding school in the alliance to apply for cohort 6 TS status and work with them on building capacity
  • Work with College Associate to build and strengthen links with schools that can offer facilitators and training as well as bidding for funding to support this
  • Provide a wider scope of leadership placements across the alliance
  • NPQML (as above) to be delivered in the Kirklees area – possible 3 cohorts

School to School Support

The Teaching School has undertaken a range of school to school support during 2013/14. Outlined below are a few examples:

  • Head of Teaching School, Castle Hill – Supported new Heads in Rotherham, Driffield, Newcastle, Calderdale and Kirklees
  • Head of Castle Hill undertook work for the National College regarding induction of NLE’s, cohort 4 Teaching Schools and the designation for cohort 4. She was also involved in assessing school data for the Maths hub and also supported mainstream schools through visits and offering advice and support with individual pupils (SEN)
  • Jane Acklam has attended Kirklees Excellence Board meetings
  • Jane Acklam – attended primary NLE/LLE meetings
  • Further work has been carried out regarding communication  with the LA
  • Moor End Academy has provided school to school support for specific requires improvement schools this year: Honley High School, Salendine Nook High School, Batley Grammar School, BBEC, Manor Croft Academy, Winfred Holtby Academy, Caverlsely Primary, Crow Lane, Paddock J&I – working with x 2 LLE’s, Reinwood Community Junior (LLE and SLE deployment)
  • Further School to school support work undertaken by MEA – Almondbury High School, BBG Academy
  • Current work with Chickenley Primary
  • MEAT (Moor End Academy Trust)
  • Considerable Headteacher feedback  takes place immediately after deployment or work undertaken, during the interim and then again after a significant period of time
  • Commissioning has come from a range of sources – NLE deployment funding, direct from schools or LA

Further Development 2014/15 – What the Teaching School needs to do to move forward


  • Consider work with diocesan schools on deployments
  • Further evaluation of work undertaken after results dates and analysis
  • Building capacity for school to school support with a range of cross phase SLE’s
  • School to school support coaching webinars/online support for schools the alliance is working with

SLE’s (Specialist Leaders in Education)

The following activities, training and opportunities for existing SLE’s and designated SLE’s has taken place over 2013/14

  • SLE briefing sessions – Castle Hill – 17 participants from 11 schools
  • Aspiring SLE Programme – 12 participants from 9 schools
  • SLE Assessment Days – 12 applicants, 12 shortlisted and 12 successful
  • The alliance currently has 23 SLE’s with a further 15 through to the May 2014 round
  • Existing designated SLE Compulsory Briefing Session – April 2014 - outlined core expectations and requirements from SLE’s within the Pennine Alliance
  • Identification of gaps in SLE areas – these become priority for next intake/cohort – mainly primary KS2
  • The Teaching School identified needs and recruited SLEs to meet those needs in Cohort 4. The PA is now recruiting in Cohort 5 to match newly identified areas of need.
  • The Teaching School runs aspiring SLE recruitment events and successfully recruited Cohort 4 SLEs in line with NCTL guidance and timelines
  • Cohort 4 SLEs have attended training at Outwood Grange Academy

Further Development 2014/15 – What the Teaching School needs to do to move forward


  • SLE Networking Events for existing SLE’s
  • Paired coaching availably on the Pennine Alliance website
  • SLE impact evaluation –create a robust and measurable system
  • SLE research and development opportunities throughout the alliance
  • SLE involvement in the delivery and design of bespoke and national programmes

Research and Development

Below are listed a range of research and development opportunities the Teaching School has engaged with during 2013/14:

  • Research and development opportunities taken up by a number of schools SEN focus on the complexities of pupils coming into the school
  • AfA work in SEN school looking at changes to the curriculum and the assessments processes for pupils working between P1 – P8
  • Special schools support staff enquiry visit – involving support staff from SEN provisions across the alliance working with each other to gain further understanding of the role of support staff in special schools including the sharing of knowledge and skills
  • Phd research project looking at how one organisation operates and negotiates care partnerships and policy with an aim to gain insight and understand the distributed systems within an organisation which provides quality education, the goal being to guide and improve organisation effectiveness
  • 4 schools from within the alliance are engaged in the Closing the Gap: Test and Learn R&D project coordinated by the NCTL
  • RQT and NQT programmes involved Professor John Hattie reference and training throughout the alliance
  • Closing the gap research for special schools with Robin Hall
  • SLE deployment specifically linked to research (MEA) on ‘Looked After Children’
  • ITT reports and action points – individual reflection time
  • Mentor training and development – joint practice development
  • Mentors engage in the moderation of assessments within their own school and within alliance schools
  • ‘What does a good SLE look like?’ reflection documents from existing SLE’s and delivery on next aspiring SLE programme
  • SLE disseminating good proactive outside and within their own schools
  • SLE Assessment for all project (Castle Hill) – Whole school audit of learning needs has taken place. This will form the basis of the curriculum and curriculum development for 2014-15. One group of identified hard to reach pupils have been grouped together as our Pilot AFA class, their curriculum will be based on individual need and the aspirations of parents using structured conversations. A new assessment package is being trialled with this group

Further Development 2014/15 – What the Teaching School needs to do to move forward

  • Attendance and outcomes from the Teaching School conference Sept 2014
  • Further training of facilitators, particularly in areas of R&D throughout the alliance
  • Create an R&D research hub from within the alliance – possibly led by an SLE
  • Visit Ebor Teaching School Alliances and Bradford Academy Alliance – particularly developmental work being undertaken
  • Closing the Gap – randomised controlled testing project for SEN

Kim Walton
Vice Principal
June 2014