Teaching School

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 Development

  • 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.