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About the Orwell Teaching School

The Orwell Teaching School Alliance  is part of the Orwell Multi Academy Trust which was founded on a belief that collaboration unlocks the potential to create excellent school communities where learning is unstoppable and aspirations have no limits.  The schools in the Orwell Teaching School Alliance have all been committed to helping colleagues in the profession and would be involved in School to School Support (STSS) and developing teachers through Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) anyway.  When Halifax Primary School was awarded Teaching School status in May 2018, it provided the Orwell Multi Academy Trust with formal recognition from the DfE that we do ITT, CPD and STSS well, we are committed to continuing doing it, and we have substantial expertise that can be used for the good of the profession within and beyond our Teaching school.


School-led training and improvement is a key aspect of the DfE’s plans to improve the profession, acknowledging the fact that schools are in the best position to understand what is needed to make an excellent teacher and what works well for initial teacher training and ongoing professional development.  This model is sustainable and allows local areas to “grow their own”, helping areas like ours to develop and attract more high quality practitioners to address some of the recruitment challenges we have.  


Teaching schools provide a vehicle that allows available expertise to be effectively deployed and are strong schools led by strong leaders that work with others to provide high‑quality training, development and support to new and experienced school staff. 

The key goals of the Orwell TSA are:

  • To provide the very best learning experiences for all children by developing excellent practitioners and continuously improving those skills.
  • To establish and deploy a varied skillset of Key Practitioners, SLEs and NLEs who actively provide support in a bespoke capacity for schools
  • To be recognised locally and nationally as an excellent provider of the best teaching colleagues


We will meet these goals by continuing and improving our Graduate internship work, our initial teacher training, continuing professional development and providing excellent school to school support.  We are proud to work collaboratively with a number of other Teaching schools within the area as we see collaboration rather than competition as key to helping the profession succeed in having great practitioners across the country inspiring future generations of children.

Our Partners

The Orwell Teaching School Alliance comprises the following schools that are in OMAT:

  • Brooklands Community Primary School
  • Grange Primary School
  • Halifax Primary School
  • Handford Hall Primary School
  • Springfield Infant School and Nursery
  • The Willows Primary School

In addition we have other schools outside of the Trust who are part of our Teaching School Alliance:

  • The Raedwald Trust
  • Chantry Academy
  • NLEs, SLEs, Key Practitioners drawn from a number of schools across the region


More detail on each of our partners can be found by following the Partners link