The Minster Learning Alliance (MLA) was formed in September 2021, building upon the work of the Minster Teaching School Alliance over the previous eight years. The MLA is a partnership of schools sharing best practice, learning from each other and supporting improvement in all member schools. The MLA aims to offer high-quality, cost-effective professional learning and networks, school improvement and initial teacher training to support the professional development of all staff. This philosophy is expressed in our ethos:
The Minster Learning Alliance works with a range of strategic partners to ensure that we meet the needs of member schools and can draw upon the very best expertise and research in education. These include Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, the East Midlands East Maths Hub, the Redhill Teaching School Hub and the Minster Trust for Education.
In September 2022, we are relaunching our Minster Leaders of Education (MLE) designation, offering the opportunity to recognise, invest in, develop and retain your most knowledgeable and skilled staff. Further details can be found on page 6.
We believe that we are stronger working with and learning from others and therefore welcome the opportunity to work with any school. If you would like to discuss membership of the MLA or have any suggestions for other activities, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Overview of Activity
The MLA provides a range of activities, including:
- Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct Training Programme
- Professional Learning – a wide range of programmes and networks aimed to develop the expertise and capabilities of staff throughout your school.
- School to School Support – the deployment of expert leaders of education to support improvement and develop the capacity of your school.
Members can engage in the activities most relevant to their school – there is no minimum or maximum level of activity.
The MLA exists to meet the needs of its members and much of what we do has been requested or suggested by colleagues. If there is something missing or an opportunity to collaborate that you feel would benefit others, please let us know.
MLA activities are run by, and for, member schools. This provides a valuable opportunity to develop your staff, give them new experiences and develop their own professional learning through leading, facilitating, mentoring, coaching, and learning from others. If you have staff who would benefit from this opportunity, please get in touch.