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Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance

Corsham Primary School is the lead school in the Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance (PLTSA): www.pltsa.co.uk

The schools, nurseries, businesses and university members in our alliance work collaboratively to improve standards and life experiences for all pupils and adults. Our work involves the 'big six' areas of Schools Direct Initial Teacher Training, Continuing Professional Development and Training, Succession Planning and Talent Management, School to School support services, deployment of Specialist Leaders of Education and Research and Development.

What is a Teaching School?

  • Teaching Schools are groups of Department for Education approved schools that work collaboratively with others to provide high quality professional development, school improvement work and Initial Teacher Training
  • They are part of the DfE's goal to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system
  • Schools in Teaching School Alliances benefit from the highest quality CPD, share best practice, are kept up to date with the latest education developments, take part in peer reviews and evidence-based research, have access to local, national and international expertise and demonstrate that they are outward-facing
  • Schools can both benefit and contribute to support provided by the Teaching School Alliance

What is Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance's aim?

Our aim is simple: to improve standards and life experiences for all pupils and adults within our alliance. 

We do this by:

  • Providing high quality School to School support that is focussed on school improvement, and is sustainable, accessible and inclusive
  • Narrowing the achievement gap between children who are eligible for free school meals and those who aren't
  • Providing outstanding Initial Teacher Training, and recruiting and training the very best teachers
  • Providing high quality CPD for teachers and leaders that is linked to improving outcomes for children
  • Identifying potential leaders at all levels and to develop excellence in specialist areas
  • Developing outstanding practice through shared research and development


Find out more about Pickwick Learning: www.pltsa.co.uk