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Who We Are

The Cambridge Teaching Schools’ Network (CTSN) is a collaborative network of three Teaching School Alliances:

  • The Cambridge Area Teaching Schools’ Alliance (CATSA)
  • The Cambridge All-Through Teaching Schools’ Alliance (CATTSA)
  • The Saffron Alliance

We work together, with our partners, to provide the capacity to deliver effectively across the Teaching Schools’ remit. 

The six Lead Schools within the three Teaching School Alliances are all National Support Schools. The Lead Schools of the CTSN are:

  • Cambourne Village College - CAM Academy Trust
  • Comberton Village College - CAM Academy Trust
  • Histon and Impington Junior School - CPET
  • Parkside - Cambridge Academic Partnership
  • Saffron Walden County High School - Saffron Academies Trust
  • Swavesey Village College - Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust

The CTSN, through each of the Teaching School Alliances, has further strategic partners with whom we work closely in order to deliver Initial Teacher Training, leadership and professional development, school-to-school support and research and development. Our major strategic partners include:

  • The University of Cambridge
  • Institute of Education, UCL
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • The Open University
  • Cambridgeshire Local Authority
  • Peterborough Local Authority
  • Essex Local Authority
  • Leadership East

Through these wide-ranging partnerships, we can support educational professionals and schools in the following areas:

  • Initial Teacher Training. Whatever route and style of training is wanted by any potential trainees, we can provide this.
  • All types of leadership and professional development, whether short courses, longer courses, twilight opportunities or bespoke programmes.
  • Support for schools tailored to the need of the individual school. This can include major support across all areas of achievement or smaller more specific areas of support. Our National Leaders in Education (NLEs) and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are available for this as are other staff, both at senior level and also classroom practitioners.
  • Support for research work and projects, whether for individuals or schools.

We have organised ourselves so that each area of Teaching School activity is effectively overseen by a Strategy Group with representation from each Lead School and other strategic partners. These Strategy Groups are then overseen by an over-arching Steering Group that sets overall strategic direction and confirms major decisions.