Bartholomew School was designated as a Teaching School in March 2014, working as a Lead School within the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance (OTSA). Teaching Schools were launched in 2011, with the aim that these schools provide high quality training and support for school improvement in their local area.
Announced in the Schools White Paper, ‘The Importance of Teaching’ in 2010, the designation of Teaching Schools was part of the coalition government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to enable headteachers to take increasing responsibility for managing the education system, a strategy which has become known as the ‘school-led self-improving system’. OTSA continues to grow, and now has nine Lead Schools, with many Strategic Partner Schools and Partner Schools. The OTSA ethos is summarised as
"Together, we will develop a sustainable culture of aspiration, collaboration and excellence leading to a world class education for all young people in Oxfordshire".
Click here to read more about the history of OTSA: http://www.otsa.org.uk/about-1/
Bartholomew School focuses on the School to School Support strand of OTSA’s portfolio, working closely with Woodstock Primary School and Thomas Reade Primary School, two of the other Lead Schools within OTSA. Within the School to School Support strand, OTSA both brokers and delivers support for schools to meet the needs of individual schools and their staff, delivered via System Leaders such as National Leaders of Education (NLEs), Local Leaders of Education (LLEs), Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and Lead Teachers (LTs). The focus is on improving pupil outcomes and longer-term school development, in addition to supporting schools facing particular challenges. OTSA is now also working in close partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, with contracts to deliver on aspects of the OCC School Improvement agenda.