Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County CouncilCEYTSA work closely with the Cambridgeshire Early Years and Childcare service.  Our current partnership work includes, supporting the Local Authority to roll out STEP (behavior management) training. Staff from CEYTSA  were trained alongside the  EYA’s(Early Years Advisers), since then we have worked together to adapt the training to make it appropriate for all early years settings. Further partnership work with the Local Authority Early Years and Childcare Service started in 2018 and includes looking in depth at how children with SEND are managed in preschool settings.

Diamond Trust Teaching school

The Diamond Trust teaching school based at Winhills Primary school in St. Neots has supported CEYTSA to deliver intensive training to preschool settings in the St. Neots area. By working together, using the Teaching Schools training facility at Winhills primary school, staff from 11 preschools and  3 Primary schools foundation stage, have been able to participate in  the second wave of STEP (behaviour management)training.  160 staff in this cluster have been trained to date.

Essex primary SCITT

CEYTSA are proud to working in partnership with Essex Primary SCITT (EPS) who are a well-regarded and established teacher trainer provider with a long record of training excellent primary teachers. More recently EPS began running a very successful graduate employment based programme that leads to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). Essex Primary SCITT was graded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted for their Primary Programme (November 2017), and as ‘Good’ for their Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme (June 2018).

CREC – Centre for Research in Early Childhood

In 2016, Cambridge Early Years Teaching School Alliance forged a working partnership with CREC Early Years Partnership, a consortium comprising the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, working in conjunction with Birmingham City University who were the awarding body who issued the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PG accreditation.

This new collaborative SCITT partnership supported teacher trainees in Cambridge to get a wide variety of training within one of our six nursery settings that are situated in Cambridgeshire, along with professional training from Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram from CREC, both highly experienced teacher educators. 

During the 3 years that we ran the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) programme here in Cambridge, our own highly knowledgeable and effective early years’ tutors and practitioners supported this the success of this course. CEYTSA also worked with Placement Mentors from all of our ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ Placement nursery schools as well as forging working relationships with local Primary schools for the KS1 placement.

Cambridgeshire Teaching School Alliances and LA CPLD Group

CEYTSA attend the CPLD Group, which consists of a collective group of Teaching School Alliances and Local Authority representatives who work together to ensure there is a wide range of professional development training being offered to settings, schools and practitioners across the County.

Cambridge Teaching Schools Network

CEYTSA represent the Early Years sector as part of the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network (CTSN) Initial Teacher Training Strategy Group, which is a collective group of Teaching School Alliances working in collaboration to deliver high-quality teacher training across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  

Teaching Schools Council

CEYTSA attend termly meetings at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Regional Teaching School Council (TSA) strategy group, which focus on school-to-school support. Lesley Birch (Regional TSA representative for East of England) attends this strategy group, updating all attendees on national teaching school news and regular Department of Education matters.