Following changes made to the system by the DfE in 2021, we are no longer a designated Teaching School but work in partnership with the Five Counties Teaching School Alliance. We work with them and other partners to provide three core functions:
Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
CST schools work with the University of Bristol for most secondary subjects and the University of the West of England for primary phase ITT and secondary Art & Design, Computer Science, D&T and PE. We offer the unslaried School Direct route to PGCE.
We encourage undergraduates and graduates who are interested in a career in teaching to apply to us for an initial discussion about routes into ITT, especially those who would like to teach shortage secondary phase subjects such as mathematics, physics, computing and modern foreign languages. For an initial discussion, please contact Catherine Jeffes <firstname.lastname@example.org> for the Primary phase or Andy Steward <email@example.com> for the Secondary phase.
Continuing Professional and Leadership Development
We have considerable expertise & experience in delivering CPLD for colleagues at all stages of their career development - from Early Career Teachers (ECTs) to senior and executive leaders. In addition, we can offer tailored support to individual curriculum areas across primary and secondary phases. We can advise on Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion and would be happy to discuss any specific requirements with you.
School to school support
We have a diverse and experienced team of specialist curriculum leaders covering core and foundation subjects across all phases from primary to post-16. In addition, we have expertise in Pupil Premium and Special Educational Needs and can provide reviews and ongoing support. We are confident and experienced in dealing with all aspects of school improvement and actively seek partnerships with other schools across South West England.