14 November 2016

ATLP welcomes Teaching Schools Council

School improvement and collaboration were high on the agenda when key education decision-makers attended a two-day meeting at Arthur Terry School of the Teaching Schools Council (TSC).

The Council is made up of peer elected Regional Members from across England and other attendees included DFE officials, policy makers and civil servants, including John Stephens, director of Teaching Schools and school improvement at the DFE and Roger Pope, chair of the NCTL.  The event was hosted by Richard Gill, regional TSC member for the West Midlands and CEO of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP).


The Teaching Schools Council is committed to developing, improving and changing education in schools through a self-improving school-led system, so that all children can attend a good school. It represents the country’s 600 teaching school alliances (TSAs) and plays a key role in helping to shape government policy.

The TSC is also focussed on developing a regional school-led strategy to improve outcomes in schools. Each region is represented by a regional chair. National leader of education, Richard Gill, chair of the TSC West Midlands, said:

It was a pleasure to welcome colleagues to Arthur Terry School and I thank them for their time and valuable contributions.

Collaboration is a key theme of the TSC’s work and by working together, influencing policy and disseminating good and best practice we can develop relationships and local knowledge to support schools in our area and bring partnerships of schools together to create a truly inclusive school-led system.”

Richard Gill (left) welcomes John Stephens to the ATLP and Arthur Terry School

The meeting was timely as it gave an opportunity for Richard and the Arthur Terry National Teaching School to thank John Stephens for his invaluable contribution to the school led system and for the support and encouragement he has given to Arthur Terry during his tenure. John is to leave the DFE at Christmas to take up a CEO role within a multi academy trust in the north west.

John Stephens said:

We want to thank the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership for hosting this event. As regional TSC, Richard and his networks play an important role in building support for local partnerships of schools to work together to improve opportunities for children.

I have been delighted to see Arthur Terry play a leading role in the school led system and have always enjoyed my visits to the school and experiencing first hand the tremendous work that the school does in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) talent development and school to school support.”

For more details on the TSC please visit: http://tscouncil.org.uk/

Further information on the Arthur Terry National Teaching School is available here: http://www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk/atnts/