It is hard to believe but we are now some way into our third year as Luton First Teaching Alliance; it has been quite some journey. I believe we have made a huge contribution to supporting Luton schools in their drive to improve standards. To date, we have run a wide range of successful programmes, many of which have been oversubscribed and received very complimentary evaluations. Alongside the long established Outstanding Teacher and the Securing Good Programme, we have developed a programme specifically designed for Early Years and Foundation Stage teachers. We are grateful to Jo Quince, Margaret Forsyth and Sarah Jones from Tennyson Road and Chapel Street Nursery for their hard work in developing and co-delivering the ‘Excellence in the Early Years’ programme. The first session attracted twenty colleagues.
This year and for the first time, we are delighted to have been able to recruit sufficient delegates to be able to run the National Professional Qualification for SENCOs here in Luton. Running this important national qualification, shows we are responding to the needs of headteachers and their staff across the town.
Following the retirement of two of our stalwarts, Jane Donati and Gloria Mastrogiovani, we are delighted to welcome Carly Smith and Sue Dorban whose first term in headship is described later in this newsletter. Carly and Sue have already been involved in the Alliance running NQT sessions and, as facilitators on the Securing Good and Outstanding Teacher Programmes. I am sure you will join with me in welcoming them to our Alliance.
Finally, we will shorty be saying goodbye to Julia Miller who is taking early retirement after a long and successful career. We thank her for her work with us, ensuring the voice and needs of the nursery and early years is heard. Farewell and enjoy a long and happy retirement.