Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance
Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance

Why Work in an OTSA School?


Teachers in OTSA partner schools have access to unrivalled opportunities for professional and career development. OTSA Partner schools are listed here and have the OTSA logo on their website.

NQT Induction


OTSA is an Appropriate Body for NQT Induction. NQTs registered with OTSA benefit from access to online training and support materials, a specialist team of school-based NQT Induction Leaders and a wide range of phase and specialism specific training and professional development programmes run in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford.


CPD and Leadership Development


There are more than 50 training events or professional development programmes available through OTSA each year. We have programmes for every stage of a teacher’s career including Early Professional Development, Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership and Headteacher Programmes, as well as programmes focussed on subject specific teaching and learning. Our programmes are school based so you may have opportunities to develop and deliver training to colleagues across Oxfordshire. 


Initial Teacher Training


The Cherwell OTSA SCITT is an awarding body for Qualified Teacher Status, training nursery, primary, secondary and special school teachers through School Direct for Oxfordshire Schools. The SCITT provides excellent professional development opportunities through potential involvement in the steering group, the trainee selection panels or working as a tutor on the programme. As a school-based programme there will be opportunities to train and work as a mentor on School Direct.


Research and Development


OTSA views educational research as an essential part of our work. Engagement with research is a critical element of school improvement and individual CPD for teachers. Being research literate is a step forwards in the professionalism of teaching as a whole. OTSA Partner schools are committed to supporting their staff to engage with research. OTSA works with the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University to ensure a wealth of materials and opportunities to become involved.


School to School Support


Teachers in OTSA schools have the potential to apply to become National, Local and Specialist Leaders in Education. Our team of System Leaders are deployed for a number of days each year to provide support and training to other professionals and schools. These roles provide excellent networking, professional and career development opportunities.

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