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About Us

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Who are we?

Teaching schools are part of the Government’s drive to give schools more freedom and take increasing responsibility for managing the schools system.

Swanwick School and Sports College is the lead school for Matrix Teaching School Alliance, with 13 schools forming part of our alliance. All schools in our alliance are in either in the Special or Primary sector and are graded ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

We believe

We are stronger together and by working in partnership we can identify and co-ordinate expertise from our alliance, using the best leaders and teachers

To play a greater role in developing existing and new entrants to the profession

Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development

Identify and develop leadership potential

Provide support for other schools

Designate and deploy specialist leaders of education (SLEs)

Conduct research and development work

Our Aim

To develop a self improving school led system that works collaboratively to provide our alliance of schools with the opportunities for staff and pupils to achieve their potential.

Alliance Members

DFE designated Matrix as a national Teaching School Alliance in 2016, with Swanwick School and Sports College being the lead school. Matrix TSA is an Alliance of 13 member schools from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.

The schools that form part of Matrix TSA are;

All schools within the Alliance specialise and cater for different types and level of pupil need. Within these schools, pupils ages can range are from KS1 – KS5.

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School Direct


We are currently accepting applications for both our Salaried and Non Salaried School Direct courses commencing September 2018

At Matrix TSA we will endeavour to provide an outstanding academic and ‘hands-on’ school based experience in a variety of special and primary schools, offering a bespoke training package. We also aim to offer employment at the end of the training period for successful candidates where suitable vacancies arise, or assist with gainful employment within our alliance of schools. Upon successful completion of our school direct programme, students will have the ability and capacity to work in either the special or primary sector.

We will provide:

An outstanding academic (The University of Derby) and ‘hands-on’ school-based experience in a special school setting

A bespoke training package based on Derby University’s outstanding teacher training programme

The supported and guidance of an experienced personal mentor

Learn alongside inspiring, passionate, outstanding teachers

Learn to be a successful, confident and effective teacher

Train in a range of special schools across Derbyshire accessing a variety of specialisms

A stimulating learning experience in a variety of schools

The opportunity to study for Masters credits with Derby University

School Direct Programme 17/18

Professional Development

At Matrix TSA we believe that every member of the school community is on a professional continuum, from NQT’s through to Leaders and Headteachers.

We believe that it is therefore important that we nurture and develop talent at each stage of this process, providing CPD that will enable staff to improve their practice and progress to the next stage of their career.

We work with colleagues from within our alliance and the private sector to provide a programme of CPD that is inspiring, engaging, relevant and current through expert delivery and support.

All of our CPD events are designed with the goal of enabling you to become more effective in your current role whilst assisting you in taking a successful next step in your career.

Please follow the link below for our upcoming professional development events that are taking place in 2018/19.

CPD Testimonials

  • “A very insightful course and I can take what I have learnt into the classroom tomorrow.”

  • “Brilliant signs and ways to learn. The tutor was fantastic!”

  • “A fantastic program that enabled leaders to share practice and discuss issues.”

  • “There was a great atmosphere and the content was appropriate for all. It met my expectations well and was a great session.”

  • “Lots of ideas, resources and understanding for me to take back to school.”


If you require any further information on what we offer or how we can support you, please use the contact form and details to get in touch.

Contact Details

Swanwick School and Sports College
Hayes Lane