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Inspiration Teaching School Alliance

National Teaching SchoolHethersett Academy, just outside Norwich, is a National Teaching School and at the heart of our Inspiration Teaching School Alliance.

The academy is at the forefront of our continuing professional development, offering our staff and those from other local schools the chance to enhance their teaching skills.

Rated Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted, Hethersett Academy students achieve some of the best GCSE results in East Anglia while maintaining a vibrant sporting and cultural life.

The Inspiration Teaching School Alliance includes regional partner schools including Bedford Free School, Cottenham Primary School, and Cottenham Village College, as well as the academies within the Inspiration Trust across Norfolk and north Suffolk.

Our team

The alliance is led by Hethersett Academy principal and National Leader of Education Gareth Stevens and overseen by the Inspiration Trust's director of standards, Claire Heald.

Other key figures in the alliance include the Trust's roster of subject specialist leaders, including Dr Richard Kueh and Summer Turner.

Inspiration Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza provides advice and guidance, together with the alliance's partner organisations.

What we do

School to school support

We have a diverse and experienced team of Specialist Leaders in Education, National Leaders in Education and a nationally-recognised team of subject specialist leaders. 
We specialise in whole school leadership across all phases from primary to post-16. We have expertise in Pupil Premium, behaviour, safety and wellbeing, safeguarding, curriculum, assessment, data & tracking, timetabling, and financial efficiencies. 

Continuing professional development

Our CPD programme is extensive and varied, with a special emphasis on curriculum, the role of knowledge in curriculum, leadership of curriculum and the use of research to inform memorable and effective teaching.

We offer a wide range of courses, mostly in twilight hours to minimise disruption to the school day. 

View our professional development courses

Initial teacher training

Inspiration Teaching Training is an exciting new school-centred initial teacher training programme, based in Norwich but with partner schools across East Anglia.   

Our course range includes both primary and secondary teacher training with a strong focus on training teachers to be informed, excited and passionate about their subjects. In primary we offer courses both for general primary teaching and specialism in primary mathematics.

Visit the Inspiration Teacher Training website

Join the alliance

If you have any questions about the alliance or would like to join, please contact Suzie Sharpe on 01603 672660 /