I'm delighted with the progress we have made collectively as an Alliance this term. It is less than year since we achieved our designation as a teaching school and, since then, our primary and secondary membership has grown, strong, dynamic new partnerships have developed and the range of services we provide to members schools has widened. Our strength is with our members - so thank you for your investment in the Alliance.
The bigger picture is about building the capacity of our teaching school alliances so they can play a central role in the school-led, self-improving system envisaged by national policy makers. This won't happen tomorrow or next term but it is coming and if we can maintain the momentum from our first 12 months I am confident we will be able to take on this exciting new challenge when the time comes. It will require us to develop a team of highly effective system leaders - NLEs, SLEs, DLEs - capable of delivering school improvement, develop the know-how so we can recruit and train outstanding teachers for the future, provide the best CPD for our teachers and staff and create the opportunities for our leaders to thrive.