Inspire Teaching School Alliance was established as a not for profit organisation in September 2014. Our primary objective is to provide a professional development forum for educational professionals working in the primary sector of our school system.
The aims of Inspire are to:
- Promote educational outcomes for children within our alliance schools which are focused on the social, emotional and cognitive development of the child and which aim to secure positive mental health for all
- Focus our work to reflect national educational priorities and those which pertain to the local needs of our alliance members
- Develop a strong network of collaboration across our schools which provides personal and professional support for children and adults alike and extend this into international forums where appropriate
- Provide a training forum for future teachers and for the existing professional development of our alliance members so that they can meet the evolving needs of learners and become leaders of the future
- Develop the research capability of our alliance members so that they can develop the quality of teaching and learning that meets contextual needs and which is informed by evidenced based practice.
- Provide a forum for educational thinking and development that Inspires others to do their very best.
- Inspire is built on values which distinguish and guide our work. We respect the law, human rights and the creation of sustainable environments.
- All funds generated from alliance activities are reinvested to enhance the quality of provision within our schools and we will consult with our family of schools to determine how any surplus can be best used to support the development of our children.
The following principles guide our actions.
Integrity - We are honest with ourselves and others.
Nobility - We work with dignity, respect and decency.
Sharing - We seek to disseminate innovative and effective practice.
Partnership - We actively promote collaboration locally, nationally and internationally.
Ingenuity - We seek creative opportunities to solve problems.
Responsibility - We accept responsibility and evaluate our work and actions.
Ethical - Our decision and actions are based on Inclusive and ethical practices.
Membership as a Professional Investment
- Alliance membership is open to Nurseries, Early Years’ Settings and Primary Schools who share the same objective of promoting educational outcomes for young children.
- Educational organisations may be Local Authority, Academy or Free Schools or Church Schools.
- A membership investment is offered at two levels: ‘autonomous membership’ which provides specific advice linked to maintenance of standards or ‘cluster’ or ‘chain’ membership where it is assumed that this provision for advice specifically linked to standards is provided elsewhere.
- Membership fees are premised on the size of a school and chargeable annually in April of each academic year.
- Alliance members are not tied in to membership and may leave the alliance at any point in the year. Should a school elect to leave the alliance, the number of remaining month’s membership fees will be refunded minus cost for services already taken as part of the Inspire Offer.
- In order to access the services offered by Inspire, schools must first pay the membership fees in full.
- Inspire operates a fully inclusive culture and will not discriminate against any organisation on any grounds. The only limiting factor determining whether membership is offered is dependent on the Teaching School’s Capacity to meet the needs of additional members.
- The capacity of the Teaching School to accept new members is considered by the three Lead Schools: Bliss Charity School, The Grange, Daventry and Hall Meadow and reference to the Governance Board for a final decision.
- Decisions regarding membership are recorded at meetings of the Governance Board.
- Should any person bring the reputation of Inspire or any of its family of member schools into disrepute, the Governance of Inspire reserves the right to terminate whole school and personal membership with immediate effect.
- Membership Investment fees are reviewed annually.
- Although Inspire is a professional development forum for primary schools, we seek to foster strong links with other organisations, including secondary and special schools who can provide support and development opportunities for our alliance members.
Inspire has a Governance Board which has overall responsibility for the activities of the Teaching School. It is comprised of the Head Teachers from each of the three Lead Schools, at least one staff representative from each of the Lead Schools and at least one governor from each of the Lead schools.
Responsibilities (Revised 2017)
The following responsibilities are carried out, adhering to the conditions relating to its legal and charitable status as a foundation model of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
- To monitor and review the work of the Teaching School
The Governance Board will be at all times mindful of the wide range of pressures on the Development Lead. These pressures may impact on the reporting arrangements to the Board. Flexibility and recognition of this will characterise the Board’s remit.
The overarching vehicle for this responsibility will be the strategic business plan which will contain long term objectives (and a rationale to explain how this cannot be a fixed plan) and the annual business plan. Within this strategic plan Inspire will indicate key performance indicators (including financial) so that the outcomes of core business can be monitored and scrutinised where and when appropriate.
Part of the strategic business plan will be dedicated to ongoing impact statements, and will include a statement on the impact of the Teaching School on the Lead schools, for the awareness of Board members.
- To monitor the quality assurance of the work undertaken by Inspire
Designated Board members will take the lead on understanding the quality assurance work that Inspire has carried out and will report back once a year on the activities they have undertaken in order to do so. The core areas are:
- Initial Teacher Training
- School to school support
- Professional Development Activity
- To ensure that Inspire meets the priorities of those who provide funding streams for the Teaching School
Inspire is obliged to meet certain obligations under funding agreements. The Board needs to understand these in the six main funding streams and will require periodic reports from Inspire in order to do so.
- To review budget monitoring reports linked to income and expenditure and other evidence of delegated financial control
This will be an in item on each of the Board’s meeting agendas in order that the Board can be assured that Inspire’s performance is secure.
- To act as a ‘first committee’ for formal procedures
This will be as and when required.
- To ensure that correct personnel procedures are followed for any staff employed by the Teaching school.
The Board will support and expect Inspire to access high quality HR advice in dealing with employment issues.
- Inspire will review the relevance and value of its work on an annual basis.
- All review processes will be linked to the impact that the particular initiatives have for supporting schools and developing quality opportunities and outcomes for young learners.
- All persons who work on behalf of Inspire will regularly review the contribution that they make to improving school and securing better outcomes for young children.
- Lead schools will review their areas of specific responsibility and how they have contributed to the entire work of the Teaching School.
Inspire Governance Board will review the contribution that they make to the Teaching School on an annual basis
Sharing of Information
Through designated meetings and electronic communications members will be able to share information and resources.
It is the responsibility of members of make it clear where a matter shall remain confidential or if there are restrictions limiting circulation or copyright for content or specific instructions in relation to the use of content.
Inspire will continue to develop our website to facilitate communication and has a secure password protected area to share particular resources and information
Governance Board Meeting - Annual Plan
5 meetings per year, each meeting to follow the standing agenda below:
- Review previous minutes and matters arising - Chair
- Report on core business – ITT, School to School Support - Development Lead and professional development activity
- Finance Update - budget monitoring - Development Lead
- Main Focus (*see below) - Development Lead
- Board Development issues - Chair
Meeting 1 - Key performance outcomes and ITT quality assurance report
Meeting 2 - Risk Register
Meeting 3 - Business Planning and Professional Development Activity quality assurance report
Meeting 4 – Risk Register
Meeting 5 – Impact Report and School to School Support quality assurance report