Do you want to work in a forward thinking, dynamic and supportive Trust that is rapidly growing in reputation?

If so, then the Transforming Lives Educational Trust is the Trust for you.

Results across our academies exceed the national averages. Ofsted has praised the progress that is being made, and our outstanding commitment to staff development attract the very best people to support our goals and ambitions.

Launched in 2014, Ashlawn Teaching School is the professional development centre for schools, academies and trusts in the Midlands. Our purpose is to provide high quality training, support and induction for the teaching profession.

Whether you are looking for high quality (senior, middle or aspiring) leadership development experiences, professional coaching, personalised training, subject-specific expertise or a fully mentor-supported route through initial teacher training, then Ashlawn Teaching School is here for you.

At the heart of this, Ashlawn Teaching School has an exemplary record in leading school improvement. The Teaching School operate at all levels, from systems leadership, supported by an experienced National Leader in Education (NLE) and a team of Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE), to bespoke development programmes and partnerships facilitated by senior leaders with a proven track record for improving experiences and outcomes for all students.

Our Support

Train to Teach

School Experience Programme (SEP)

We offer School Experience Programme, which is typically up to a 10-day placement which will enable you to gain school experience. You can observe lessons, ask questions, understand how experienced teachers plan and assess learning, and discuss different approaches to helping young people make progress.

The 10-day placement can be arranged as a block of time or it can be spread over a number of weeks and months and it can occur across a number of schools to widen and deepen the experience.

The School Experience Programme is popular with those who have decided that they would like to undertake initial teacher training but would like to get some first-hand experience before they begin their course.

School Direct

School Direct courses generally last a year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS) – most also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or Master’s-level credits in partnership with a university. You’ll train in at least two schools within our school partnership network, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’. You will receive intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors, teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready. Many of our School Direct trainees secure a full time permanent teaching role in our school partnership network.

School Direct (salaried)

If you’ve been working for three years or more and like the idea of School Direct, but want to earn a salary, School Direct (salaried) is available exclusively for you.

Bursaries and scholarships (2018-19)

A scholarship award of £28,000 is available in physics, chemistry, computing, geography and languages and £22,000 in secondary mathematics. Alternatively, physics, mathematics, chemistry, computing, languages, geography and biology will attract a bursary of £26,000 if the trainee has a 2:2 degree or above. Bursaries of between £4,000 and £15,000 are also available for English, Design and technology, history, RE or music depending on the trainees subject and degree classification.

If you are interested in training to teach within the Ashlawn Partnership please contact Liselle Dixon (Teaching School Administrator)

Teacher Professional Development (CPD)

Effective training and professional development is at the heart of school and career improvement. With changing contexts, qualifications, standards and expectations comes the requirement to do things differently. Professional development to individual staff is often a pre-cursor to developing high performing teams. We have a range of CPD opportunies for all, whether you are a trainee teacher, NQT, a teacher wanting to improve in the classroom,  a subject leader requiring team training or an experienced middle leader looking to develop senior whole-school leadership.

We offer a series of free after school CPD sessions which are open to all colleagues from within and beyond our partnership. Many of these are hosted at Ashlawn School and some are hosted at our Partner schools. Please sign up for these sessions using the EventBrite link. Places are limited on some CPD courses.