Cramlington Teaching Alliance

The Cramlington Teaching School Alliance is a newly designated alliance. Shanklea Primary School is one of fourteen strategic partners within the alliance, made up of primary schools, secondary and special schools, higher education institutes, educational consultants and educational agencies.

As well as offering training and support for their alliance themselves, teaching schools are asked to identify and co-ordinate expertise from their alliance, using the best leaders and teachers to:

  • Play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession
  • Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
  • Identify and develop leadership potential
  • Provide support for other schools
  • Designate and broker Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
  • Engage in research and development

Shanklea Primary School has Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE), who are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar roles in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping others to achieve it in their own context. (Visit for further information and training opportunities).