Who We Are
The Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School in Rochester was one of the first 100 schools nationally to be designated as a Teaching School. This status recognises the outstanding practice in the school itself and its track record of working collaboratively to support the development of other schools.
The Medway Teaching School Alliance (MTSA), established since September 2011, now comprises of more than 100 schools from Medway and wider Kent. School partners represent primary, secondary, special, faith, selective and independent schools and academies drawn from across the rural and urban districts of Medway and beyond. All our schools are united under the over-arching ambition that every child enjoys an outstanding education.
In addition to schools, a number of other strategic partners work within MTSA to bring additional expertise; these include Kent and Medway Training, Canterbury Christ Church University, The Rochester Diocese, Leadership Learning South East and the Kent and Medway Teaching School Network.
We have a focus on ITT, our school direct course is well established, and leads in to a comprehensive NQT programme. We offer both Salaried and Fee-paying routes into teaching.
The work of our SLEs, LLEs and NLEs is varied and ranges from specific work, in for example, increasing Level 6 maths in alliance schools, to running networks and action research studies on areas such as ‘creative literacy’ and ‘assessment without levels.’ We provide a full package of CPD for our team and are looking to expand the number of those designated in the next round of applications.
Peer to Peer Learning and Leadership Development is also an area of particular interest for us at the MTSA. We run NPQML and SL courses and work with LLSE and Amibition Institute to deliver the full suite of NPQ programmes. We also support local CPD leaders in running an Aspiring Middle and Aspiring Senior Leaders programme. We run a variety of networking groups, including a primary maths hub and a SEN and Inclusion forum. This also allows us to provide opportunities for School to School support, where we have successfully used buddying and trio and triad relationships as well as facilitating a range of formal and informal supportive relationships. We are also an appropriate body for NQT accreditation.
We look forward to sharing our comprehensive calendar of CPLD events and opportunities with you.