Swindon Teaching School is working with Drove Alliance Teaching School to develop a range of opportunities to support teachers wishing to develop their leadership skills, from subject leaders through to aspiring Head teachers.


ITT through School Direct programmes

• Salaried and unsalaried PGCE with Masters degree credits training programmes in partnership with The University of Gloucestershire
• High quality training opportunities in a range of good and outstanding schools throughout Swindon
• Training delivered by SLEs LLEs and NLEs


Focus on maintaining QTS improving teaching and retaining an enthusiasm for teaching as a profession

• Access comprehensive NQT programme
• Opportunities to observe and work with other teachers and subject leade

Early Leadership

Focus on becoming consistently good or better class teacher

• Join a research and development group
• Take part in a Teach Meet Session
• Visit leading teachers identified as outstanding
• Attend subject leadership training

Middle Leadership Teacher

Focus on developing the ability to support others and other leadership skills

• Work towards taking an active lead in a research and development group
• Shadow a colleague/middle leader/SLT
• Attend middle leaders training
• Coach/mentor within after training
• Apply to join database of expertise and support other schools

Senior Leader

Focus on developing the ability to lead on key aspects of school improvement

• Attend Aspirant Leader Training
• Apply to become an SLE
• Lead an action research group
• Volunteer for leadership secondments
• Become a middle leader coach

Deputy Head/Assistant Head

Focus on supporting whole school self-evaluation and improvement planning

• Become a coach for senior leaders
• Volunteer for Acting Head secondments
• Deputise for HT at SAPH meetings
• Become trained in the use of self-evaluation triads
• Access NPQH/M.Ed courses


Focus on providing strategic leadership by shaping school improvement around a clear vision

• Train and act as a Mentor/Coach for new/acting and applicant Headteachers
• Attend STS Alliance Board meetings SAPH Conferences and other networks & Briefings
• Take part in self-evaluation groups/triads
• Take on STS/SAPH strategic role/s
• Contribute to School to School Support