Values and Vision of Derby Teaching Schools Alliance

DTSA is a broad and inclusive multiple Alliance of schools from all phases. We are part of a not for profit Charitable Trust and we care deeply about improving learning for all. We believe that every child in every class, in every school deserves the best teaching and learning.

Realizing moral purpose for us is about sharing and giving back – a sustained focus on developing open and trusting collaboration that contributes to ‘raising the bar and closing the gap’ in achievement for all children and especially those from disadvantaged groups. Our building blocks are:

1. An ethical basis and shared sense of moral purpose

2. A working culture rooted in trust, mutual respect, reciprocity, consistency and a regard for the dignity of every individual

3. School leaders that are committed to improvement through open, honest and cooperative relationships

4. A focus on improving outcomes through learning and learning how to learn

5. Reflective practitioners who encourage and support colleagues in their own and other schools through shared problem solving and joint working

6. A common language in which everyone can participate and contribute

7. A collective responsibility for leading, coordinating and delivering sustainable improvements in an inclusive and non hierarchical approach

8. Efficient and effective use of collective resources to raise standards

9. A shared accountability for improving performance across all partner schools while sustaining existing levels of achievement

10. Collaboration that makes a real difference and has a positive impact on the lives and life chances of children and young people

‘To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.’

— Ralph Waldo Emerson