Our Teaching School
Aspire Learning Alliance is a collaboration of schools, universities and Teaching Schools in Buckinghamshire.
“Specialist Practitioners in Behaviour Management and Special Educational Needs”
The Aspire Learning Alliance focuses on supporting schools with behaviour and Special Educational Needs and provides specialist and bespoke support that will also complement the school improvement activity provided by the other Teaching Schools. The values and principles of Aspire, and our partners, influence the way in which we work with schools on school improvement.
Relationships are at the heart of our practice and our focus is on finding ways to motivate and engage, how to work flexibly and creatively; our ethos is one of life long learning. We use these values when working with schools on how to change behaviour and attitudes and our starting point is to develop and co-create packages of support in consultation with the referring school.
“We respond to the needs of an individual school and create bespoke packages of training or support”
Our Teaching School partners share a common ethos, focusing on inclusion, working with staff to support improvement and meeting student needs in order to support positive outcomes.
There are 4 strategic partners, comprising 4 special schools and Aspire Alternative Provision, and an additional 34 secondary schools that operate as Alliance partners, advising and guiding in the identification of changing need. We also work closely with the other Buckinghamshire Teaching Schools, as part of Teaching Talent.
Governance for the Aspire Learning Alliance is undertaken by a Strategic Board, which meets each term. The Strategic Board focuses on developing support in our specialist areas of behaviour and SEND. Our collaboration as part of Teaching Talent enables us to access, and contribute to, the other Teaching School areas of responsibility, such as ITT and Research and Development.
Within our Alliance , the named schools lead in the following areas:
|ITT||Vale Federation of Special Schools / Astra Learning Alliance|
|CPD and Leadership Development||Aspire Alternative Provision|
|School-to-School Support||Aspire Alternative Provision|
|SLEs||Aspire Alternative Provision|
|Research and Development||Furzedown / Marlow and Maidenhead Learning Alliance|
We are proud to be working with over 30 schools in Buckinghamshire including:
Aylesbury Grammar School (Boys)
Beaconsfield High School (Girls)
Buckinghamshire University Technical College
Burnham Grammar School
Burnham Park E-Act Academy
Chesham Grammar School
Chiltern Hills Academy
|Cressex Community School
Dr Challoner's Grammar School (Boys)
Dr Challoner's High School (Girls)
Great Marlow School
Holmer Green School
John Colet School
John Hampden Grammar School (boys)
Khalsa Secondary Academy
Princes Risborough School
|Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School
Sir William Borlase's Grammar School
Sir William Ramsay School
St Michael's Catholic School
The Beaconsfield School
The Bourne End Academy
The Buckingham School
The Chalfonts Community College
The Cottesloe School
|The Grange School
The Highcrest Academy
The Mandeville School
The Misbourne School
The Royal Grammar School (boys)
The Royal Latin School
Waddesdon Church of England School
Bourne End Academy
We are also part of Teaching Talent, the alliance of Buckinghamshire Teaching Schools. There are now 6 Teaching Schools in this alliance: Astra at Dr Challoners Grammar, Aspire Learning Alliance, Cygnus at Wycombe High School, the Marlow and Maidenhead Learning Alliance at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, the Aylesbury Vale Teaching Partnership at Aylesbury High and the Wycombe and Marlow Teaching School Alliance at Chepping View.
Sarah Holding – Aspire Learning Alliance Lead, School-to-School lead and CPD lead, Deputy Headteacher at Aspire Alternative Provision
Debra Rutley – Executive Headteacher at Aspire Alternative Provision, NLE
Alison Rooney – Headteacher at FurzeDown School
Chris Stephenson – Headteacher at Vale Federation of Special Schools
Our Code of Conduct
We will be respectful and polite at all times, showing due consideration of the context in which we are working. We will report back confidentially to the commissioner and will present in a professional manner in terms of dress, time-keeping and safeguarding.
Email enquiries will be acknowledged within 24 hours, and further contact to explore the enquiry will be made within 3 days.
In the case of school-to-school support and/or deployment of SLEs, if a report is commissioned as part of that support, it will be drafted and sent to the school within 7 days of the visit.
For full information please visit our EVENTS calendar.
“A great way to wrap up our brilliant Aspire training”
“A really great conference, supporting ideas for what I’d like to do in my school next year”
“Well organized and useful ideas. Thank you to everyone involved”
“Excellent, I wish I had come to this 35 years ago!”
“Incredibly useful and insightful; very informative”
“The SEND Train the Trainer course was very useful and we have used the information from the course to update our own existing strategies.”
“After completing the SEND Train The Trainer course we are now offering a greater level of support to the pastoral team regarding SEND and behaviour management”
“The course gave me the opportunity to reflect on CPD provision and also mental health following and has helped shape other ideas for future practice”
“Outstanding. This unit allows students to turn their lives around”