“Presented and facilitated with precision and care, this could have been a 2 week course! The OTAP has equipped me with ideas to bring into my everyday work. A fantastic course which every TA / LSA should have the opportunity to take.” 

OTAP Participant 2017

“I would love to attend a follow-up programme to be able to discuss how we have all progressed from the initial sessions.”

OTAP Participant 2017

“My questioning has changed, it has made me want to stretch and challenge the students more through questioning. I loved group working with new people and the working wall idea.”

OTAP Participant 2017

"The school has received a range of appropriate and timely support from the Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance…Training for leaders has resulted in improved leadership and management of assessment and monitoring systems in key stage 4. In addition the alliance has delivered bespoke practical support through regular training and mentoring of staff and the teaching of some classes by lead practitioners. This has helped to improve standards in English and Mathematics over the last year."

Bucks UTC Section 8 Inspection, January 16th 2017 

"Successful movement from Ofsted RI to Good in the Spring of 2016. We are delighted by the performance of the academy and wish to thanks the Herts and Bucks TSA and the wider Challenge Partners Hub for their crucial support in our journey of school improvement."

Ms. Deborah Warwick-Wilson, Principal
Francis Combe Academy 

"The impact of the support programme across the school was a significant factor mentioned by Ofsted in our recent inspection as a core reason for our sustained improvement, resulting in our recent 'Good' Ofsted grading. Work with school leadership and teachers helped greatly to improve the school." 

Mr. Jonathan Kemp, Headteacher
The Falconer's School

"School improvement is core to the role of the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust in local schools. We value the partnership with local teaching school alliances and appreciate the direct involvement of the Herts and Bucks TSA in facilitating primary school improvement."

Kate Rumboll, Director of Intervention
The Buckinghamshire Learning Trust 

"I wish to thank the Herts and Bucks TSA for the support they gave our Year 6 more able students in English and Maths. It was a significant contribution to us subsequently achieving a successful Ofsted outcome." 

Mrs. Pippa Bremner, Headteacher
Sarratt Church of England School 

“At GCSE / Key Stage 4, the percentage of students achieving 5+ A* - C grades improved by over 15% to 45% with the percentage of students achieving an A*C grade in English and/or Mathematics being virtually in line with national averages a truly important step forward for our learners! We also know that the so-called League Tables will measure progress, and that English was virtually at national averages. The input of our support school, St. Clement Danes, made a real difference to our students.”

Tony Withell, Headteacher
Buckinghamshire UTC 

“Use of the calculator most useful”, “Exam maths mapping most useful”, “Thank you – very useful day!”,  “Made me aware of what the expectations are” 

Science Learning Partnership course
Maths in Science Classroom 

“Outstanding session! Incredibly useful day, excellent teaching and wonderful resrouces. I am now applying for the TSST Physics course. Many thanks.”

"Lots of ideas for active learning in different topics. I learnt lots, a great day"  

Science Learning Partnership course
Active Learning Approaches in Physcis KS3 / KS4 - Jan 2017

“Practical sessions most useful – especially being able to discuss ideas with colleagues”, “Clear implementation ideas for taking to department”, “Past papers most useful – good to see how the practicals are embedded in the papers”, “A very well organised, informative course”, “Excellent CPD explaining the transition. Well organised day with relevant sessions and lots on information.” 

Science Learning Partnership course
Teachers Practical Work in GCSE

“Useful to look at the equipment – good day”, “Invaluable to see the Physics experiments set up”, “Microscale was very interesting”,  “Very useful day – it would have taken a long time to get through all the data individually”, “Thanks for an inclusive day with teachers” 

Science Learning Partnership course
Technicians Practical Work in GCSE

“All of the presenters were amazing and overall quality was excellent. Sharing experiences was so useful I would like to say ‘thank you’ and carry on holding these types of meetings!”

Science Teach Meet 2016

“I have identified several areas to improve and implant in my practice as well as develop 'trains of thought' to keep me developing as a teacher.”

OTP participant 2016 

“Made me analyse and reflect on my own teaching and made me want to improve.”

OTP participant 2016 

“The programme has challenged me to think about teaching, learning and my own classroom practice. Also how teaching and learning effective leadership.”

OTP participant 2016

“I decided to opt for the School Direct route as this seemed the most logical and straight forward option for me to gain QTS: less university work but more practical experience, as well as being based in and employed by one school of choice rather than being randomly placed. I became part of the school, had my own classes from the start and received excellent support from my school and the whole School Direct Training Consortium. All in all, it has been a stressful but really enjoyable year which gave me plenty of valuable teaching experience and supported my decision to be a teacher.”

School Direct trainee 2014 / 2015

“I loved being able to observe and identify different teaching methods. I found the group work and discussions that took place really encouraging.”

ITP participant Summer 2014

“The programme encourage to keep learning and teaching. It helped me to see that I am a good teacher and now have many ideas and strategies to take back with me and put in place.”

ITP participant Summer 2014

“My questioning has and continues to improve. I’m certainly implying and setting higher expectations with my students.”

ITP Participant Autumn 2014

“The NPQML has made me focus on raising attainment at GCSE and has highlighted some of the opportunities that exist to do this. In terms of pedagogies it has developed a bank of ideas which should enable me to be a more effective Middle Leader and thus influence & improve Teaching and Learning. The focus has been on adding ‘value’ to student learning.”

NPQML participant 2013 / 2014

“This course has given me confidence in my own abilities as well as introducing me to new strategies, research and case studies. It has been a useful investment of time and given me the opportunity to review my strengths and areas for development in a non-judgemental setting.”

NPQML Participant 2013 / 2014

“The NPQML has really made me reflect on myself as a leader – my strengths and areas for development. It also has defined for me the differences between management and leadership which is very important to me as this is a fairly new role.”

NPQML participant 2013 / 2014


  • 22/06/17 Congratulations to all 20 of our NPQML participants this year, so much hard work paid off with some fantastic presentations yesterday. Read more
  • 22/06/17 You support our SLP so much we had to return the favour! So lovely to see so many happy students getting involved in Science :) Read more
  • 15/06/17 Not to be missed - great networking event at the end of a busy year! Read more
  • 15/06/17 Great day! Many thanks to Helen, Science Oxford, Oxford Brookes,Bucks Learning Trust, and Read more