At the heart of the Sheffield Teaching School Alliance sits Silverdale School, an Ofsted-rated 'Outstanding' school (and the Sunday Times School of the North of the Decade) that was designated as one of the first Teaching School Hubs in 2019, launching the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub.
Since that time we have worked hard to built an alliance of schools across Sheffield, Derbyshire and beyond. Working with over 60 schools and two universities, we believe that collaboration is key to our success.
Although Silverdale has since established Chorus Education Trust, we don't believe multi-academy trusts are a barrier to partnership working. Indeed, we are keen to learn from other trusts and schools. The only common ingredient needed is a commitment to providing the very best education possible for our young people, by empowering colleagues to be the very best teachers, leaders and professionals in the country.
The STSA leadership is based at Silverdale School with an administrative office where all the central functions of the STSA is carried out. We can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing our contact form.
Professional learning with credibility
We are a licensed facilitation school for OLEVIA Coaching which is the central tenet of the Improving Teaching Programme (ITP) and the Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP).
Our lead school, Silverdale, has been awarded Silver status for delivering evidence-based CPD and excellence in professional learning by the Teacher Development Trust (TDT).
We are licensed to provide the NASBTT (National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers) Level 3 training for mentors, coaches and facilitators.
We provide Teacher Specialist Subject Training (TSST) in both Physics and Modern Languages.
We train teachers for early years, primary, special and secondary schools, via School Direct. Working in partnership with both Sheffield universities, we provide supportive training, rooted in the very best classroom practice.
Many of our trainees get their first teaching post before they have even finished our course - with the vast majority gaining jobs within six months of completing it.
Chosen to run the first ever national SCITT for modern languages
As a result of our success recruiting and training modern languages teachers through School Direct, we worked with the Department for Education to establish the first ever national, subject specific SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training).
The course was also the first partnership of its kind between state and independent schools - thereby providing trainees with increased career opportunities at the end of the course.