The Thames Teaching Alliance (TTA) provides school-led initial teacher training and induction, and builds upon this by offering a wide range of professional development opportunities.
These include development of people identified as having potential to fill leadership positions in the future, within a coherent approach to succession-planning. The TTA arranges and co-ordinates school-to-school support, in order to bring about improvement. Capacity for this work is strengthened by encouragement of headteachers to aspire to the status of National or Local Leader of Education, and by the recruitment of Specialist Leaders of Education, outstanding senior and middle leaders who can use their expertise and experience to support individuals and teams. These activities are underpinned by recognition of the importance of research and development.
Teaching Schools are 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 TTA is a member of the Kent and Medway Teaching Schools Network.
The Thames Teaching Alliance is a large alliance made up of primary and secondary schools within the Gravesham area. We have primary schools, special schools, faith schools, high schools and grammar schools within our cluster. You will have the opportunity to work with several schools across your training year.
We have a proven track record of delivering and providing excellent initial teacher training, and very good links with academic providers who have been rated Good and Outstanding by OFSTED for their initial teacher training programmes.
As an alliance, our strength is our diversity in school situation and type, which has enabled us to create a bespoke package of training and development opportunities that will enable you to reach the best of your potential as a prospective teacher.
In addition, we have worked with outstanding providers to ensure that our School Direct programme is rigorous and robust. We want to train people to work in Gravesham schools who can support teaching and learning of students at the highest levels of expertise. Our aim is to support and challenge our student teachers to that end.