NewEd 2 - Saturday 27th June 2020

Emma Turner, our Research Informed CPD Lead for Discovery Schools Academy Trust will once again be hosting a full day of FREE CPD with NewEd 2.
Join us for a day of inspirational online CPDL led by over 20 of the Country’s foremost Educational thinkers and influencers, discussing and sharing their passion for teaching.
We are excited to be offering this event with content designed for educators in their training year and first 5 years in teaching; this is a unique opportunity to come FREE of charge to join a day filled with inspiration and insight.
As this event is online, educators at all career stages are also welcome to join, especially those who will be mentoring or supporting early career colleagues. Please refer to the below fliers, for our agenda for the whole day.
To join the livestreamed session at any point during Saturday 27th June 2020, 9:00am – 5:30pm, please log into Twitter, visit @grahamandre and click his pinned tweet - NewEd 2

Please click here to view the flyer
We look forward to showcasing another great opportunity, however should you have any questions with regards to this event please contact

About us

Affinity Teaching School Alliance is a cohort 1 Teaching School based at Kibworth CE Primary School in Leicestershire. Designated in 2012 we work with a partnership of 27 primary, secondary and special schools from across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland. We pride ourselves on being a ‘purposeful schools improvement partnership’ and focus our work on the NCTL Big 3 which includes:

  • Proving Outstanding Initial Teacher Training and newly qualified teacher support
  • Providing cohesive continual professional development, peer to peer professional leadership development
  • Delivery of school to school support for all partner schools.
Information about our key programmes including booking details can be found by visiting

We have established a number of key partnerships to ensure this work is successful including:

Inspiring Leaders SCITT - Website
Inspiring Leaders – Leadership Development - Website

Our partners and Management Board

We work with the following partner schools:
  1. Asfordby Captains Close Primary School & C.C
  2. Braunstone Community Primary School
  3. Brookside Primary School
  4. Enderby Danemill Primary School
  5. Farndon Fields Academy
  6. Fossebrook Primary School
  7. Glenmere Primary School
  8. Greystoke Primary School
  9. Keyham Lodge School
  10. Kibworth C.E. Primary School
  11. Leighfield Academy
  12. Manor High School
  13. Merrydale Primary School
  14. Millgate School
  15. Mowmacre Hill Primary School
  16. Overdale Infant School
  17. Overdale Junior School
  18. Parkland Primary School
  19. Ravenhurst Primary School
  20. Sileby Redlands Primary School
  21. Spinney Hill Primary School and Community Centre
  22. St Bartholomew's C.E. Primary School
  23. The Kibworth School
  24. Uppingham Community College
  25. Welland Park Community College
  26. Woolden Hill Community Primary School
  27. Woodland Grange Primary School

We have management board which is made up of:

Paul StoneCEO, Discovery Schools Academy Trust
David Briggs - Director of Primary Education, Discovery Schools Academy Trust
Emma Turner - Research Informed CPD Lead, Discovery Schools Academy Trust
James Brown, TSA Lead, Discovery Schools Academy Trust

This management board helps steer the direction of the alliance and helps shape the our delivery as well as leading on some of our key project developments.

The Team

Our TSA has a wide team of school improvement experts who support the delivery of alliance activity. This team includes system leaders and partnership professionals who all lead on aspects of the alliance’s work and form a part of Discovery’s School Improvement Team.

This team is made up of:

Paul Stone (NLE) – CEO of Discovery Schools Academy Trust
David Briggs (NLE) – Director of Primary Education - Discovery Schools Academy Trust
Dawn White (LLE) – School Improvement Partner - Discovery Schools Academy Trust
James Brown – TSA Lead - Discovery Schools Academy Trust
Emma Turner – Research Informed CPDL Lead
Clare Hearn-Palmer – SCITT Director

Amy Richards – Senior Administrator


Judith Boston – St Bartholomews CE Primary School
Catherine Stretton – Spinney Hill Primary School

Mary Hirst – Retired Headteacher

Lead Professionals

Andie Bailey
Afshah Deen
Claire Mulhern
Estelle Ewing
Helen Smith
Jez Smith
Louise Saunders
Phil Page
Tim Gilbert


Tracey Lawrence
Danielle Marks
Georgina Kendall
Helen Oliver
Kirsty Rowntree
Megan Williams
Sam Brewster
Hannah Roddy


Initial Teacher Training and Career Entry Support


In February 2014 we became an accredited SCITT providing Primary initial teacher training with our partner TSA Candleby Lane TSA and now train up to 70 trainees per year across the partnership. In November 2017 we were rated Outstanding by Ofsted and continue to develop our work further as aprovider. More information about applying to train to teach with us can be found by visiting

Affinity TSA works hard to ensure that teachers are well supporting in the early years of their career and has a robust programme of support through its career entry programme– details can be found here. This programme can be accessed by both members and non member schools and is delivered by Emma Turner our CPDL lead for the alliance.

Affinity forms part TeachLeics which is a school led partnership operating across the City and County committed to ensuring high quality support for new teachers in the area. Visit more details.

Continual Professional Development and Learning


Affinity TSA partners recognise the importance of investing in our staff and know that the quality of professional learning they access directly impacts their classroom practice. As such we have developed a comprehensive range of opportunities for staff to access each year regardless of your role in school.

Support staff, Teachers and Leaders in alliance partner schools can access a broad range of development opportunities during their career. Affinity organises a range of collaborative learning programmes, network meetings, conferences and bespoke programmes to meet the needs of our schools which are led by our system leaders and Lead Professionals.

Details about our programmes can be found on our online booking site

Affinity TSA is a core partner of Inspiring Leaders a license holder for the National Professional Qualifications in school leadership. All member schools benefit from discounted access to the following programmes;


Details about these programmes and the work of Inspiring Leaders can be found by clicking here.

School to School Support (S2SS)

Affinity TSA supports every member of the alliance with S2SS each year through its integrated bespoke planning process. Each school in the alliance is allocated a supporting system leader and provided with an opportunity to tailor the support their school receives each year through a running S2SS process. We provide support in a range of ways for schools which include some of the following:

  • Pupil Premium Reviews
  • Book Scrutiny
  • Safeguarding Audits and Guidance
  • Subject Leader Support
  • Pre Ofsted Inspection support
  • Peer Review Programmes and Models
  • Teaching Assistant Reviews
  • Whole School SEND Reviews
  • Teaching and Learning Reviews
  • Headteacher Performance Management
  • New Headteacher Mentoring
  • Governance reviews
  • Financial Support and challenge
  • SEF / SIP Development
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Financial Review

We have a consistent charging policy for our work:

NLE/LLE Support = £550 per day
SLE Support = £350 per day

If you would like support in your school and you are not part of the alliance please get in touch and we will endeavour to support you.

SSIF Reading Project

In January 2018 Affinity TSA was awarded £489,000 by the DFE to lead on a County wide reading improvement project focussing on KS1-KS2 progress. We are working closely with local TSAs and MATS and 41 partner schools in a local learning cluster model to support these schools to improve their approach to teaching and leading reading.

More information about the findings from SSIF can be found on our partnership website


Affinity TSA is open to new member schools joining and encourages schools or MATs to get in touch if they are interested. We will come out to meet you and share more about our work and explain how the full membership works. Please contact for more details or contact us on 0116 3184066

Regional Partnership

Affinity TSA plays a key role in the regional TSA partnership sitting on the East Midlands South Yorkshire and Humber (EMSYH) partnership board and contributes to the East Midlands Teaching School Alliance partnership (See logo) which leads and coordinate the school lead system in the region. For more information please visit

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