BENFLEET TEAM SUPPORTING ALL (btsa)
Following reforms to the teaching school programme, our three lead schools (The Appleton School, The King John School, and Kingston Primary School), formed the BTSA (Benfleet Team Supporting All) in 2021 with the aim of continuing to deliver on the golden thread of professional development to support all schools within our locality. The BTSA will endeavour to shape and strengthen Initial Teacher Training, deliver the Early Career Framework programme, provide high-quality evidence-based training, and build effective and enduring school partnerships to sustain school improvement. The BTSA works closely with our strategic partner organisations, TES Institute and Best Practice Network to deliver ITT and the ECF and NPQ programmes
Our Vision Statement
The partnership was formed between three schools dedicated to strengthening and developing teaching and learning and promoting school improvement within our locality. We aim to ensure that all students receive an excellent education that positively impacts on their progress and attainment. To achieve this we will deliver the golden thread of professional development by providing high-quality training based on evidence-led practice and research, shaping initial teacher training, facilitating the delivery of the Early Career Framework, offering tailored school-to-school support, developing leadership potential, and building effective and enduring school partnerships to sustain and support schools into the future.
ITT (Initial Teacher Training)
The BTSA is committed to attracting, training and developing recently qualified graduates to enable all schools within our area to reach the same level of excellence and quality of provision thus ensuring that all our young people achieve their full potential. In order to realise this vision our partnership schools have made a commitment to work together through the School Direct programme with TES Institute to provide the very best school-based teacher training programmes in the infant, primary and secondary sector. The programme will seek to maximise time spent in the classroom by ensuring that the face-to-face professional studies programme is of the highest quality and delivered within our locality.
ECF (Early Career Framework)
The BTSA is working in partnership with Best Practice Network & Outstanding Leaders Partnership to deliver the Early Career Development Programme which provides the Early Career Framework reforms for Early Career Teachers. This DfE-funded programme is open to all schools in Essex with early career teachers starting in September. Best Practice Network/Outstanding Leaders Partnership is one of six Lead Providers delivering the Early Career Framework nationwide. Schools can register their details through Best Practice Network website now and they will be provided with full signup instructions.
CPD (Continual Professional Development)
The BTSA CPD programme offers training and development for all teaching and associate staff in the locality. We provide high quality, needs based training providing delegates with practical strategies which will have a positive impact on pupil progress and professional practice. A key strength of our approach to training is the benefits gained through networking with local colleagues. The BTSA is also proud to be working with Outstanding Leaders Partnership to deliver the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) to colleagues across Essex.
StoSS (School-to-School Support)
The BTSA is working with schools in both primary and secondary phases to offer a bespoke range of school-to-school support drawing on a range of professionals from within and beyond our partnership. Each school-to-school support project will involve an initial meeting to ascertain support requirements and levels and review the most effective support available. An action plan will then be created with success criteria linked to student performance. Our task force of SLEs, Headteachers, consultants, leaders and school practitioners will deliver a wide range of expertise to support high quality teaching and learning across all phases. Successful teaching approaches should challenge thinking, share best practice and implement evidence-informed strategies that contribute to improved outcomes for students.