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Our Vision

The Alpha Teaching School Hub is the main training and development co-ordinator for schools across Tendring, Ipswich, Colchester, and Babergh. It forms part of a new national network of 87 Teaching School Hubs: school-led centres of excellence   dedicated to supporting teachers throughout their teaching career.

Alpha Teaching School Hub is a collaborative network, working in partnership with schools, teacher training providers, local authorities, other Specialist hubs and Research Schools. 


ATSH plays a significant role in the delivery of:

Initial Teacher Training

The Early Career Framework (ECF)

Appropriate Body Commissioning

Developing Middle and Senior Leaders using National Professional Qualifications. 

Wider Continued Professional Development

Alpha Teaching School Hub represents an outstanding community of schools across Tendring, Colchester, Ipswich and Babergh, who are building on their already rich sense of purpose, working together to create a centre of educational excellence and innovation. At the heart of this work is a passion and drive to ensure that students of all abilities and different groups of children, achieve outstanding outcomes and are empowered to live rewarding, happy and successful lives.  

By providing high quality professional development for staff and enabling the sharing of excellent practice across schools, the Teaching School Hub also aims to improve the recruitment and retention of teachers.  Through the centralised facilitation of courses and the sharing of resources, the hub enables the outstanding staff and leaders across our schools to collaborate in the delivery of training.  

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ATSH aims to use innovative models and evidence based pedagogical approaches to ensure that training is relevant to the particular needs of staff, and to the context of the school in which they work. This includes a focus on the emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of work as a teacher, promoting a good work life balance and supporting staff to realise their own identities, so that continual improvement is sustainable and can also be role modelled to students.

The programmes offered will connect and support teachers at each stage of their careers and signpost relevant links to our partner organisations, including curriculum hubs, behaviour hubs and research schools, fostering a self-improving network using evidence-based practice.  This will ultimately have a positive impact on the outcomes for all the students across our designated area and beyond.