We are delighted to announce that following the recent inspection, our Altius Alliance teacher training provider, based at Cheadle Hulme High School in South Manchester, has just been graded Outstanding in all areas by OFSTED. In addition to this the Alliance will open the doors to its new teacher training facility in January 2018.

The Alliance is currently in its third year of operation and has developed “a clear vision for excellence producing outstanding secondary teachers in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects”. It has mirrored the success of its lead school, Cheadle Hulme High School, judged outstanding by OFSTED in two successive inspections and consistently the highest achieving school in the borough of Stockport. The Alliance, which comprises a number of schools in the Stockport, Tameside and Trafford boroughs, now plans to build on this success by expanding the provision to include subjects beyond the EBacc from September 2018 including Art, Computing, Drama, PE, Design & Technology.

Recent changes to the landscape of teacher training provision mean that prospective entrants to the profession can now access a variety of training routes. The Altius Alliance provides a school-led route which “ensures that trainees have the opportunity to hone their practical teaching skills in an intellectually rigorous context. Training balances conceptual understanding with the practical toolkit trainees need to teach in schools.”

The Altius Alliance operates under the umbrella of the expanding Laurus Trust and offers outstanding training for prospective teachers. Gill Theobold, Director, was delighted with the recent OFSTED inspection outcome and commented that “The Trust has a responsibility to engage in quality teacher training to ensure the provision of high calibre professionals to service the needs of the local region and beyond. We have worked hard to develop a robust and rich school-led programme that demands high expectations alongside offering opportunity and challenge.”

The OFSTED report lauded the training programme stating that “exceptionally well-designed training enables trainees and NQTs to thrive.” The current and former trainees “told the inspectors it had been a privilege to train with the provider. They also praised the excellent levels of support provided by leaders and managers and the opportunities to seek and act upon their advice.”

“The Altius Alliance is building an excellent reputation for producing Newly Qualified Teachers who are confident and competent.”

Trainees who successfully complete their training are recommended for qualified teacher status (QTS) and gain a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) from Manchester Metropolitan University worth 60 masters credits.

To see the report in full visit here.