The Alliance

The Mid-Kent Learning Alliance (MKLA) formed in response to the Schools White Paper (2010) which announced a national network of teaching schools modelled on the concept of teaching hospitals. Designated a National Teaching School Alliance in  March 2013 by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, we have been working to build capacity in order to deliver on the "Big Six" - the National Colleges priorities for Teaching Schools.

Teaching school alliances are part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to take increasing responsibility for managing the schools system. As well as offering training and support for schools within the alliance, teaching schools also support other schools and will identify and co-ordinate expertise from their alliance, using the best leaders and teachers to:

  • lead the development of a school-led ITT system
  • lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
  • identify and develop leadership potential
  • provide support for other schools
  • designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)
  • engage in research and development

Further information on teaching schools can be found at:

We are in a unique position in the sense that we have Primary, Cross Phase Special, Secondary and Higher Education institutions represented within our Alliance. As a result of this strong foundation we have a group of schools with a genuine commitment to working together to deliver the very best development and support for schools.

Within our alliance we have primary schools, including an OfSTED rated outstanding school, a special school which works across both the primary and secondary phase, high schools, one of which was rated as OfSTED outstanding, and a girls’ grammar school which is also OfSTED outstanding.

Following the David Hargreaves model for system leadership, MKLA is fully committed to working in partnership with any school for the benefit of staff and students at all levels. If you wish to become involved please contact us.

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