Leading the Way – A look back at STSA leadership development in 2016/17 and ahead to 2017/18

Across Southwark Teaching School Alliance, we are striving to create a community of schools where all children and young people are nurtured and challenged to flourish in all aspects of their life – academic, cultural, personal and social. We are doing this by harnessing practitioner excellence and evidence-based practice for the benefit of all schools […]

A look back at autumn term 2016

With Christmas a mere five days away and the cold starting to bite, it’s hard to believe we were having a late summer heatwave on those first few days of term in September. A lot has happened since then – both in Southwark and the world outside – and, as is traditional at this time […]

Development opportunities for heads and senior leaders

We are delighted this week to launch three great leadership development opportunities for headteachers and senior leaders. Although they are aimed at women, please also read on if you’re a man – because it’s possible you’ll have a female colleague who could benefit and would really appreciate a “tap on the shoulder” from you. The opportunities […]

Recruiting and retaining great teaching and leadership talent in Southwark

On 8 November a group of headteachers came together to consider how to meet the challenges we face around the recruitment and retention of great teachers and leaders in Southwark. By the end of the morning we had a good grasp of the issues; some ideas to tackle them; and the suggestion of forming a […]

So what is Southwark Teaching School Alliance anyway?

After a whirlwind seven weeks as the new Director of Southwark Teaching School Alliance (STSA), half term offers a moment to pause and reflect. The questions at the forefront of my mind were posed recently by a new-to-Southwark headteacher who asked what STSA is and where it fits in the wider Southwark landscape. The answers […]

Unleashing expertise in our schools; securing better outcomes for children and young people

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr Kate Chhatwal as Director of Southwark Teaching School Alliance. Here she shares a bit about herself and why she’s excited to be taking up the role in September:   I started my career working in the Department for Education and Skills (as it was then known) […]