About Us


The Aspirer Teaching School aims to work inclusively and collaboratively, to secure the best quality of teaching and learning for pupils in the local area through a sustainable model of developing teachers and leaders. 


The lead school for the Aspirer Teaching School is Ash Grove Academy, part of the Aspire Multi-Academy Trust. The CEO of the Aspire MAT (Kevin Simpson) together with the Director of the Teaching School (Charlotte Clowes) are  responsible for the strategic outcomes of the Core Alliance Partnership , setting appropriate targets, formulating an action plan and evaluating Teaching School activities against national key performance indicators. They are supported by the Alliance Executive Board (Core Alliance Members) and the Alliance Governance Board, as well as Strategic Delivery Partner schools.


Core Alliance Partners, whether schools or universities, are expected to have the competence, capacity and willingness to make a major contribution to the work of the Teaching School, working proactively to facilitate, support and evaluate the work of the alliance as well as helping to shape the future development of the Teaching School. It is expected that Core Alliance Partners will agree a level of responsibility for the strategic work of the Teaching School, attend termly board meetings and promote the Teaching School in the wider community.

The Benefits/Core Entitlement:

  • A natural and first point of call for support and advice.

  • School to school support peer review annually.

  • Moderation facilitated termly, across the core alliance member schools, in English and Mathematics.

  • High quality trainees.

  • Opportunities for staff to actively contribute to system leadership as Specialist Leaders of Education.

  • Registration of NQTs with our Appropriate Body for half price.

  • CPD/Support Package each academic year:

    • half a day/one staff meeting of bespoke school support from a consultant/ SLE;

    • two free places on courses offered by Aspirer;

    • engagement in at least two free research projects;

    • two half price places on the Aspirer NQT programme and RQT programme;

    • reduced price places for the NPQML and NPQSL programmes when there is a full cohort (10 delegates)

The Commitment:

  •  A shared moral purpose and vision for the alliance.

  • A commitment to share in school expertise and engage in delivery of all key school based activities delivered through the alliance: ITT, S2SS, CPD (the school will be reimbursed for costs incurred).

  • A willingness to share information about your school on a termly basis: progress and attainment data and self-evaluation.

  • A commitment to engage in the CPD offer above.

  • Attendance at termly Executive Board meetings.

  • A commitment to nominate a named governor from the school to be on the Alliance Governance Board (attendance at an annual meeting).

For more details of the current structure and membership, Terms of Reference of the Executive Board and Memorundums of Understanding, see attached documents below.

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