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 80 schools from Medway. School partners represent primary, secondary, special, faith, selective and independent schools and academies drawn from across the rural and urban districts of Medway. All our schools are united under the over-arching ambition that every child in Medway enjoys an outstanding education.
In addition to schools, a number of other strategic partners work within MTSA to bring additional expertise; these include 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, and are looking to fill over 80 School Direct places this year. 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 to deliver the NPQH and NPQEL. 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 have a continual focus on Research and Development, and have run a number of action research projects. We are delighted to work with the Howard school in fostering excellent links with the Chartered College of Teaching and in implementing Research Learning Communities.
This work is underlined by a continuing commitment to CPD, and we host a calendar of events throughout the year.
We look forward to continuing to work with you!