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Whole School Transformation

The NTSA offers one-day or residential evening / day visits to look at a number of whole – school initiatives which lead to ‘school transformation’ because they combine to create a learning culture.

In a school setting, we begin by examining the broad brushstrokes which have led to school improvement at Ninestiles Academy Trust, then focus more specifically on four major initiatives (in no particular order):

  1. Behaviour for Learning
  2. Assessment for Learning
  3. ICT across the Curriculum
  4. System Re-Design

There will be an opportunity to have a tour of the school, meet and discuss elements with key staff and meet some of our students.


Behaviour for Learning

Ninestiles Academy Trust offers a day’s visit to look at one particular whole – school initiative which played a major part in our own transformation because it created the basis for our learning culture.

The day will begin by examining some of the broad brushstrokes which have led to school improvement across Ninestiles Academy Trust, thus putting in context our main focus on Behaviour for Learning.

There will be an opportunity to have a tour of the school, meet and discuss elements with key staff and meet some of our students who will speak openly about our behaviour system!

Assessment for Learning including ‘Life after Levels’

We offer a part-day visit to look at an approach to assessment in which students are truly partners in their own learning.

Assessment for personalised learning means treating all students as individuals and creating an ongoing, differentiated dialogue between every teacher and every student so that there are no more grey students in our classes.

There will be an opportunity to have a tour of the school, meet and discuss elements with key staff and meet some of our students who will speak openly about our behaviour system!

ICT Across the Curriculum

Across Ninestiles Academy Trust ICT has created a dynamic learning environment and a powerful medium for collaborative planning and resource sharing. In our one-day course, we look at lessons with the ‘wow’ factor of ICT, collaborative lesson planning, wireless network infrastructure and administrative systems facilitated by ICT.

ICT Support

A comprehensive support service with well trained, polite and friendly ICT Technicians. The ICT support department has an extensive range of technical knowledge which will ultimately help to enhance your capabilities in all related ICT areas.

NTSA offers a professional IT support service at an affordable cost.

Web Design

NTSA offers a professional web design, development and maintenance service. The highly experienced multimedia team can offer a variety of personalised web solutions. The NTSA offers professional web design services at an affordable cost.

Whether you want a one page web design, or a highly functional and interactive website we can cope with your needs. From design through to hosting and maintenance NTSA can handle the whole process.

Our team will work closely with you to make sure we produce your vision and find the right structure to communicate your message to the right audience in the most effective way. With ongoing support and maintenance to make sure the website grows with your needs.

We don’t charge by the hour and we are committed to lifetime support of our projects!


If your school uses CMIS as its management system we provide consultation either here at Ninestiles Academy Trust, or at your own school, to support you in using it to its full potential including registration, databases, timetabling, reporting, data capture and importing data into other systems.


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School leaders have recognised the value of working collaboratively with other schools before the introduction of Teaching Schools. The NTSA provides a platform for schools and phases to share excellent practice, innovative ideas and support in order for improvement to take place. Ninestiles Teaching School Alliance is delighted to share with schools, details of the exceptional team of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) who work on our behalf.

The current 2016 team comprises 34 SLEs working from a range of primary and secondary schools and academies. Our SLEs are experience teachers with different areas of expertise and collectively they possess a wealth of skills in coaching, mentoring, leading and developing others. Our SLEs are effective communicators, enthusiastic about their specialist areas of interested and are accountable to Ninestiles Teaching School for the impact of their work.

SLEs will have demonstrated highly effective practice within their own schools and beyond, bringing to their roles a commitment to school improvement through continuous professional development sustainable leadership development and school-to-school support.

SLEs may be nominated by their Head Teachers or Principals and this is often in recognition of the work they have undertaken as middle or senior leaders. They will have a proven track-record supporting by substantial evidence of impact and sustainable improvement.


The work of an SLE

SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity. While other roles (for example, advanced skills teachers) previously focused on developing classroom expertise, this role is about developing other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.


This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as:

Data analysis                                                                         Devising joint action plans

Coaching and mentoring                                                    Prioritising improvement

Sharing resources                                                                Modelling best practice

Facilitating and training                                                       Leading meetings / network groups

Leading CPD                                                                          Observing lessons and giving effective feedback


Types of deployments will vary. For example, one might be a 2 day diagnostic exercise, while another might require a 3 month, full time support role. Time may be taken as a block of consecutive days or spread over a longer period depending on the requirements of the requesting school and the capacity for release of the SLEs own school.