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Introduction

Whitley Bay High School is the lead school in a Cohort 1 Teaching School Alliance(TSA). We were awarded the status in July 2011 - one of the first 56 secondary schools nationally - in recognition of the outstanding teaching, learning and training in the school. We are well known for our innovative professional development for teachers within school and also the training we lead regionally, nationally and globally. Believing that schools are infinitely improvable our mission is to provide exciting, timely, relevant and supportive training for teachers, support staff and leaders throughout their careers; if schools are to continue to raise achievement it is vital that staff maintain high levels of enthusiasm, professionalism and well being.

Steve Wilson, Headteacher, values the huge benefits that TSA partnership working have brought:
“Whitley Bay has always been an outward facing school with many informal partnerships in all phases. Teaching School status has allowed us to build on the strong, trusting relationships we already have by forging new strategic alliances further afield. For example our first cohort of School Direct trainees started in September 2014 and they are fortunate enough to be experiencing placements in some fabulous schools locally. Together we are committed to making the alliance a nurturing ground for new talent & succession planning.”

Whitley Bay High Teaching School Alliance works closely with North Tyneside Learning Trust, North Tyneside and Northumberland LAs and the North East Teaching Schools Alliance. We have developed a number of highly evaluated programmes for NQTs and teachers in their second and third years; recently we have been devising a refresher course for teachers on the Upper Pay Spine which keys into their knowledge and experience through new technologies. Our Outstanding Teacher Programmes are some of the most popular & successful in the North East region regularly drawing fantastic evaluations summed up in this recent comment: “ The best professional development I have ever had!”
For more information about our TSA offer see the different website sections on ‘The Big Six’