Glossary of key terms and acronyms

PLTSA - Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance.

Schools Direct ITT - Initial Teacher Training Programme for trainees wanting to train 'on the job' at a school of their choice.

SLE - Specialist Leader of Education - DfE and Teaching School approved member of staff that can be used to provide school to school support services.

ITT - Initial Teacher Training.

Teaching School Alliance - Group or schools and business choosing to work collaboratively and sharing good practice, without having to give up any autonomy or governance.  PLTSA is one of these. (this is not the same as a Multi-Academy Trust).

MAT - Multi-Academy Trust - Group of schools governed by one trust and a single board of directors. This board is responsible for decisions relating to how each academy is run, from the curriculum to staffing.  The MAT can establish a local governing body for each of its academies, to which it can delegate some of its functions but the MAT remains accountable. PLTSA is NOT at MAT.

OTP - Outstanding Teacher Programme based on the National College and Olevi's programme.

HEI - Higher Education Institution. PLTSA has the University of Gloucestershire and Bath Spa University as partners.

CPD - Continuing Professional Development

CfBT - Centre for British Teachers Trust is a large educational charity based in Reading.

Schools Partnership Programme - CfBT programme of school improvement - all Fellowship members are using the programme to ensure they continue to develop and improve. Alliance members are encouraged to take part.

NLE - National Leader of Education - an outstanding Headteacher committed to school improvement nationally. Executive Head-teacher of Corsham Primary School, Fiona Allen is an NLE.

LLE - Local Leader of Education - a Head teacher committed to school improvement supporting schools in the local area.

R&D - Research and Development - a key element of Teaching School work

KPi - Key Performance Indicators - PLTSA is accountable to the DfE to show evidence of school improvement.

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