Forest Learning Alliance - Who we are?
Forest Learning Alliance (FLA) is an educational training and support provider, offering evidence-based CPD for teachers and schools leaders. We work closely with an Alliance of schools covering all phases and settings, and other educational professionals across the South of England and specifically across Berkshire. We work together to provide high quality support for all areas of school and career stage teacher development opportunities.
The FLA lead school is Uplands Primary School and Nursery, which was a designated National Teaching School from March 2013 through to 31st August 2021 when all National Teaching Schools were superseded by the UK government’s Teaching School and Curriculum Hub initiatives.
The Forest Learning Alliance is a Nationally Accredited provider for National Professional Qualifications (2017-2022) and is also a Delivery Partner for the newly-reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications (2021-onwards), together with Lead National Provider, Education Development Trust (EDT). Alongside the NPQs, we are offering the Education Development Trust’s Early Career Development programme as their Delivery Partner. Early career training is currently fully funded by the Department for Education to support the rollout of the Early Career Framework and DfEs wider ‘Golden Thread’ initiative for teacher development.
As part of its career development opportunities, the FLA runs a highly successful School Direct programme with University of Reading. We have recruited 165+ trainees for the local area since 2013.
The FLA also supports other schools, and has a range of Specialist Leaders of Education, National Leaders of Education and other expert professions who support local schools.
We have successfully secured funded professional development opportunities for schools, including Maths School Improvement Programme, Sport England, STEM Internships and more recently Relationships Sex Health Education (RSHE) Hub train the trainer programme.
The Alliance has a strategic Governing Board committee and has strong strategic links with representatives from schools, universities, and local authority.