About NEXUS

About the NEXUS Teaching School Alliance

The NEXUS Teaching School Alliance is a Teaching School Alliance in South Glos. It consists of 10 like-minded schools; Mangotsfield CE VC Primary, Blackhorse Primary, Bromley Heath Junior, Bromley Heath Infant, Emersons Green Primary, Kings Forest Primary, Staple Hill, Stanbridge Primary, St Michaels CE Primary and St Stephens Junior Schools. All of the schools have their own strengths and areas of specialism which make our Alliance unique.

The Alliance is passionate about helping primary schools achieve the best possible outcomes for all of their pupils. It is our vision that all children within our family and alliance will have a first-class, innovative education. Teaching Schools are designated by the government and they are tasked with playing a greater role in school improvement in an increasingly school led system in 3 main areas which are:

  • training new entrants to the profession (School Direct)
  • continuing professional and leadership development (CPD)
  • school to School support

We also 

  • identify and develop of leadership potential
  • offer specialist leaders of education (SLE’s) across the region
  • promote research and development in teaching and learning and to develop school based research

Working in collaborative partnerships, sharing effective practice and developing collective school improvement systems are the approaches NEXUS seeks to establish. Teaching Schools are one way the government hopes to make school improvement school led. However in South Glos we know there are already highly effective and well established networks, federations and alliances that are leading the way in school improvement so we hope to strengthen these networks and act as a hub for promoting the work they are doing.

NEXUS hopes to provide a vehicle for the promotion and development of what is already working well and could be shared more widely, as well as a forum for new alliances and collaborations to develop based on the issues and concerns of South Glos schools and in response to national initiatives. There are also many schools who have excellent practice to share but do not have a county wide forum to promote their practice and many schools with similar priorities and challenges who do not have colleagues to problem solve and join with. NEXUS hopes to develop a hub for schools which wish to work together in this way, either on a regular basis or on a single piece of work or CPD. We seek to complement the work of the Cabot Learning Federation, North Avon TSA, the Boolean Maths Hub as well as other Teaching School Alliances in Bristol, BANES and the South West as well as alongside the LA.

The Teaching School offers a range of support for schools and CPD. As it progresses, it is envisaged that schools will determine both what they want provided and which initiatives they would wish to lead or contribute to.

If you would like to find out more about the NEXUS Teaching School Alliance, contact Sian Kinder, Head of the NEXUS Teaching School Alliance at sian.kinder@mangoschool.org