The Swaledale Alliance is a 60 school partnership with Teaching School Status based in North Yorkshire.

The Alliance co-ordinates provision of CPD and Development Sessions including Recently Qualified Teacher development (RQT), Newly Qualified Teacher development (NQT), Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and CACHE Teaching Assistant Courses.


 The aims of the Alliance partnership of schools:
To have a shared aim to raise standards in achievement and attainment for all pupils
To facilitate equality of opportunity for all pupils accessing a broad and balanced curriculum through events in schools, the locality and community
To provide extended learning opportunities for pupils in the cluster through extended schools and gifted and talented provision
To have a moral purpose of support for colleagues and a commitment to ensuring that Headteacher well-being is an ongoing priority
To contribute to the annual Development Plan for the Alliance, ensuring this is strategic and focused on teaching and learning, pupil achievement and widening curriculum opportunities
To commit to working collaboratively with Alliance colleagues accepting the expectation that this is reciprocal
To share ideas and good practice and explore procurement opportunities to achieve best value across the Alliance and in individual schools
To respect confidentiality at all times



The Swaledale Alliance now delivers against each of the Big Six priorities set out by the National College for Teaching and Learning.

  1. Play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession
  2. lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
  3. identify and develop leadership potential
  4. provide support for other schools
  5. designate and broker Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)
  6. Research and development.