Providing schools with not just future Headteachers but leaders at all levels in school is a key role of all Teaching Schools. Hallam Teaching School Alliance has a range of approaches:
- 1) Talent Spotting Programmes
This starts as early as interviewing applicants for initial teacher training in our SCITT so application to the Sheffield SCITT is not just a route to qualified teacher status; for those who go on to work in our alliance it can be the start of a managed career path. We are always keen to hear from applicants who are ambitious and want to pursue a fast track career path. Talent spotting is also built into many of CPD programmes and we welcome enquiries from participants on any of our CPD programmes who would like to know more about how we can support their career development. The Outstanding Teacher Programme is ideal for a strong classroom practitioner looking to deepen their understanding of Teaching and Learning and develop the skills to support colleagues with their own development. Our Coaching Programmes are also an ideal way to develop the interpersonal skills so important for leadership.
- 2) Mentoring Subject Leaders
We have formal programmes for the leadership of secondary maths and science subjects and have multiple Specialist Leaders of Education who can mentor people aspiring to or new to middle leadership. Please contact us for details. We are always happy to arrange job shadowing for anyone looking at what is involved in a leadership role.
- 3) Developing Sheffield’s Senior Leaders
We support Escafeld TSA in Sheffield with this city wide CPD programme for aspirant Senior Leaders in secondary schools. A year long programme of CPD sessions and school placements across Sheffield’s secondary schools not only develops participants but provides essential networking opportunities and a chance to see inside some of Sheffield’s schools that can make the next career step easier to take.
- 4) Aspiring Church School Leaders
In partnership with Ebor TSA in York we are now in the 3rd year of running the Doulos programme that prepares senior staff to step up to the Headship of a Church School. Those with a Christian faith who aspire to lead a CofE or Roman Catholic primary or secondary school are encouraged to apply. The programme focuses on the special ethos of Church Schools and has talent spotting built in- it has a very good success rate of rapid promotion to Headship.