"Like school, only better"
Cricket Green School
Lower Green West
Mitcham, CR4 3AF
Tel: 0208 640 1177
Headteacher: Mrs Celia Dawson
Merton Special Teaching Alliance
We were designated as a Teaching School in March 2012. Together with Perseid School we form the Merton Special School Alliance.
Our vision is to ensure the most successful outcomes for pupils with special and/or additional educational needs through a shared moral purpose and the development of outstanding practice across the alliance.
The Merton Special Teaching Alliance serves local schools by offering:
Initial Teacher Training
The Alliance offers teaching practice placements for PGCE and BA QTS student teachers, specialist option tuition for PGCE students and a successful School Direct Programme.
Continuous Professional Development
We have developed a comprehensive programme of courses and conferences to enhance teaching and learning.
School to School Support
The Alliance provides expert school to school support for member schools and for schools outside the Alliance.
Leadership programmes and opportunities run by the Alliance enable experienced teachers to develop their leadership skills.
Research & Development
Merton Special Teaching Alliance carries out practitioner enquiry and research in order to enhance teaching and learning for learners with a wide range of SEND.
In order to achieve our vision we will:
Foster a culture of openness honesty and trust within and beyond the alliance.
Demonstrate a commitment to improving outcomes for students with SEN / AEN through high quality teaching and learning.
Direct activities to impact on standards and ensure that school-based CPD impacts on classroom practice and the progress of students.
Embrace our collective role in meeting needs across the local area.
Evaluate our practice to ensure national key performance indicators are met within our local context.
Our working practices are:
Solution focussed and outcomes driven.
Committed to providing opportunities for schools to contribute and receive where opportunities can, in effect, become cost neutral.
Committed to providing sustainable staffing structures so that the main strategic partners can find resources to invest in this work.
Committed to a sustainable model whereby the TSA can continue to function independently of any funding streams made available.