Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance (WTSA), which is led by Harvills Hawthorn Primary School, offers teacher training(School Direct), a range of Continued Professional Development, Specialist Leaders of Education and a range of School-to-School Support Services.
Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance is based in and around Wednesbury in the West Midlands. We are a growing alliance of schools that collaborate effectively and are committed to improving the outcomes of all our pupils. We currently have 20 schools within the alliance which all serve a diverse range of communities.
Harvills Hawthorn Primary School is a member of the Wednesbury Learning Community Trust which sits at the heart of our alliance and has a long history of effective partnership work in developing teaching and learning to raise standards; school leadership development; management of resources; raising aspirations across the community; joint pupil events and school-to-school support.
Gaining Teaching School status and further developing our alliance has been a natural evolution for the schools within the trust and provided a platform to further develop innovative practice through: research and training; identifying and developing leaders; providing a range of support to schools and ensuring that the next generation of teachers is the best generation of teachers.
If you join our alliance you will become a member of an innovative, collaborative partnership that will support your school in its learning journey. Our schools have a proven track record of working in partnership with local universities, local authorities and, most importantly, each other and this lies at the heart of our alliance. Within the teaching school alliance we have schools that specialise in particular areas and are known as "Hub Schools".
These hubs enable expertise to be shared. This is achieved through regular network meetings, training opportunities and project work. As a member of the alliance you would be able to access this valuable resource. You can also enjoy reduced rates on most of the courses offered through our extensive CPD offer.
NLE - School to School Support Lead
Teaching School Lead
School Direct Lead
"Help develop the future in your local area. Train with WTSA, you won’t regret it!" - PGCE 2016
"The School Direct route allows you to have a more personal and engaged experience. You are pushed to your full potential. It gives you a real understanding of school life and a substantive amount of knowledge- this allows you to feel confident when teaching a class" - PGCE 2016
"The course is very ’hands-on’ and personal to your needs. You are part of a ‘family’ who care about your development" - PGCE 2016
"I have absolutely loved it! It has been exhausting, exciting and the toughest year of my life….. but it is totally worth it!" - PGCE 2016
"I’ve enjoyed being part of an amazing group of people who all help and support one another. I have had unconditional support from mentors, staff and the course lead. Thank you!" - PGCE 2016
"Everyone has been brilliant, couldn’t have asked for more. I feel I’ve grown and developed as a teacher and as a person over the year. The course has played a significant part in that" - PGCE 2016
"I feel ready to go into the classroom as a NQT but know that I will still have the support because of the relationships that I have built during the year" - PGCE 2016
"The 'togetherness' of the trainees, tutors and staff is fantastic. The course makes you feel like a valued individual-support is strong and you feel confident in teaching as a result" - PGCE 2016