NEXUS Teaching School Alliance
About the NEXUS Teaching School Alliance
The NEXUS Teaching School Alliance is a Teaching School Alliance in South Glos. It consists of 10 like-minded schools; Mangotsfield CE VC Primary, Blackhorse Primary, Bromley Heath Junior, Bromley Heath Infant, Emersons Green Primary, Kings Forest Primary, Staple Hill Primary, Stanbridge Primary, St Michaels CE Primary and St Stephens Junior Schools. All of the schools have their own strengths and areas of specialism which make our alliance unique.
The Alliance is passionate about helping primary schools achieve the best possible outcomes for all of their pupils. It is our vision that all children within our family and alliance will have a first-class, innovative education. Teaching Schools are designated by the government and they are tasked with playing a greater role in school improvement in an increasingly school led system in 3 main areas which are:
- training new entrants to the profession (School Direct)
- continuing professional and leadership development (CPD)
- school to School support
- identify and develop leadership potential
- offer specialist leaders of education (SLE’s) across the region
- promote research and development in teaching and learning and develop school based research
Working in collaborative partnerships, sharing effective practice and developing collective school improvement systems are the approaches NEXUS seeks to establish. Teaching Schools are one way the government hopes to make school improvement school led. However in South Glos we know there are already highly effective and well established networks, federations and alliances that are leading the way in school improvement so we hope to strengthen these networks and act as a hub for promoting the work they are doing.
NEXUS hopes to provide a vehicle for the promotion and development of what is already working well and could be shared more widely, as well as a forum for new alliances and collaborations to develop based on the issues and concerns of South Glos schools' and in response to national initiatives. There are also many schools who have excellent practice to share but do not have a county wide forum to promote their practice and many schools with similar priorities and challenges who do not have colleagues to problem solve and join with. NEXUS hopes to develop a hub for schools which wish to work together in this way, either on a regular basis or on a single piece of work or CPD. We seek to complement the work of the Cabot Learning Federation and Boolean Maths Hub, other Teaching School Alliances in Bristol, BANES and the South West as well as alongside the LA.
What OFSTED said about NEXUS:
Blackhorse Primary School was the first to have an OFSTED inspection as part of the NEXUS Learning Partnership in January 2015. Inspectors noted that this was a ‘powerful grouping’, commenting in the report that:
“Relationships with partner schools are used effectively to strengthen school improvement. The school embraces its involvement with NEXUS, a group of six primary schools that focus on inter-school evaluation. This partnership challenges judgements the school has of its performance to ensure that they are accurate and evidence-based.”
The team were impressed by NEXUS’s engagement in robust inter-school:
- Evaluation days which were ‘highly evaluative’ & written in the OFSTED inspection style
- Data benchmarking and group analysis
- Performance Management pay moderation
- Professional development networks incl. School Business Managers, NQTs, Subject Leaders etc
Since then, many of the schools have had an Ofsted Inspection where the positive work of NEXUS has been commented upon.
To find out more information and keep up to date with developments, please visit the NEXUS website: