The Saffron Teaching School (TS) Hub is a partnership of former Essex Teaching School Alliances, strategic school and Trust partners, Essex County Council and Curriculum Hubs who are all dedicated to supporting the profession. Saffron TS Hub is one of 87 Teaching School Hubs across England. The TS Hubs have replaced the previous network of around 750 teaching schools, which ended in August 2021.
The Saffron TS Hub area (EENEL 1) covers the Essex local authority districts of Braintree, Chelmsford, Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford, with 256 primary, secondary and special schools.
The work of the Saffron TS Hub is about ensuring that the capacity and expertise we have across all our primary and secondary schools are used effectively to ensure that all pupils thrive and schools prosper. We believe that ambition, collaboration, accountability and trust between partners are the foundations to deliver success for pupils and the teaching profession. The Hub draws together the expertise, skills and passions of our partners to deliver long term positive outcomes for pupils; this is best achieved when primary and secondary schools work closely together.
Find out more about our partners here.
The 'Golden Thread'
The remit of the Saffron TS Hub is to deliver on the ‘Golden Thread’ set out in the DfE’s Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy by transforming the training and support teachers and school leaders receive at every stage of their career.
This ‘Golden Thread’ runs from Initial Teacher Training (ITT) through to school leadership and is made up of the following:
- School based Initial Teacher Training
- The Early Career Framework (ECF)
- The reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)
- Appropriate Body services
- High quality evidence based professional development