Abbeywood Teaching School

Striving for excellence in our schools

We seek to develop confident and creative learners who can thrive in a changing world, through exceptional leadership and creative teaching.

Initial Teacher Training

We have many opportunities across our RSA family of schools, whether it be training to teach or joining us as an experienced classroom practitioner.

School to School Support

Our Teaching School can offer a range of school improvement support including; SIP work, review of school governance, SEF writing and much more.


Wether you are a Teacher, a School Leader or Governor we have a wide range of training course to help develop your CPD. Book your place now.

About us

At Abbeywood Teaching School, we are committed to prolonged professional development which, research tells us, makes a far greater impact on changing and developing pedagogy than quick-fixes.

Our drive has always been quality-first teaching as we know that this is what makes the difference to pupil achievement.

As a school, we continually practise 'action reserve' and have a wealth of outcomes to share through our CPD courses.

The Primary S2S support model we use is bespoke, ensuring that we meet the needs of individual schools and their pupils as we understand that every school has its own unique requirements.

Our flexibility ensures that we can service the needs of first, primary and middle schools and this is strongly linked to pupil outcomes.

We are committed to high quality ITT in collaboration with RSA Teaching School Alliance.

“I just wanted to say how grateful I am for the support your SLE has given our staff.  Our Early Years Lead and Maths/KS1 Lead have both worked with her and she has given valuable support.”

First School Headteacher, Worcestershire

School to School Support

SIP work

National Leaders in Education and experienced School Improvement Advisors are available to support Headteacher Performance Management Reviews and provide advice and challenge for school leaders. We are proud that the support we offer is from highly experienced headteachers of successful schools or previously successful headteachers and inspectors who are now working as consultants.

Review of Governance

To support the improvement of leadership at all levels and ensure that Governors meet their statutory duties, we are able to provide reviews of governance by an experienced consultant who has a proven track record in leading Governor Services. The review consists of a school visit, meetings with Governors and a written report with areas for development which is delivered personally.

Teaching and Learning

Our Specialist Leaders in Education are able support all aspects of teaching and learning from planning, classroom support through to assessment. We have specialisms across the entire Primary range including Early Years and Key Stage 3. In addition, our collaboration with the RSATSA ensures that we also have suitable SLE secondary practitioners with subject specialisms that we can offer.

Provide mentoring and coaching at all levels from class teachers to senior leaders

The coaching team has much experience and a proven track record of successfully coaching senior leaders to facilitate school improvement. A number of the SLEs have been part of school improvement journeys themselves and so are well placed to mentor and coach middle leaders and support the development of action plans.

SEF writing & School Development Plans

National Leaders in Education are experienced in writing impact driven school evaluation forms which have been well received in Ofsted inspections.
Supporting the writing of effective school development plans and focused raising achievement plans is within our repertoire and a valuable part of our school improvement model.

Curriculum design

Our curriculum is the key to our school’s success and it was recognised recently by HMI as being “dynamic and highly stimulating” and “A climate for learning is tangible throughout the school.” We are therefore totally committed to improving outcomes through curriculum design and experienced in meeting the needs of learners, whatever their starting points.

Looking for an event space?

Our meeting room comes equipped with:

  • Projector & Wifi
  • Kitchenette, with dishwasher, tea and coffee making facilities 
  • Access all year round (excluding uk holidays)
  • Configured to your seating style for maximum of 30 people 


Our latest CPD courses

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Maths - Number Sense - Day 1

This course is aimed at TAs, new teachers and those wanting a refresher. Louise will be looking at manipulates, models and images to enable children to develop independent mathematical thinking and deep understanding of key mathematical concepts. Wednesday 27th November 2019 12:30pm - 3:00pm £30 inc. light refreshments Trainer: Louise Langford


Maths - Supporting SEND Pupils - Day 2

Course aimed at TAs, new teachers and those wanting a refresher. Courses can be booked altogether or just the day required for you. Wednesday 11th December 2019 12:30pm - 3:00pm Trainer: Louise Langford

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Maths - Developing Depth - Day 3

Day 3 of these maths sessions will be looking at developing depth with your TA's and/or new teachers. These maths courses have had fantatic feedback and have enbales teachers to take what they have learnt and use it in their classrooms effectively. Wednesday 18th March 2020 12:30pm - 3:00pm £30 per session - this includes light refreshments Trainer: Louise Langford

Initial Teacher Training

Why teach with RSA Academies?

We have many opportunities across our RSA family of schools, whether it be training to teach or joining us as an experienced classroom practitioner. Any questions? Please get in touch with us:

School Experience Days


Looking for a rewarding teaching career? 


Dates are now available to be booked through the School Experience Programme. 

Come and experience the full spectrum of Primary Education in our innovative settings.

We hold School Experience Days most Wednesdays, but click the button below to get in touch and arrange a date. 

We have a proven track record of supporting and bringing new, talented teachers into the profession through high quality training, delivered by experienced practitioners in our outstanding schools. The tailored Professional Development programme we provide ensures that our trainees can successfully progress on their chosen career path. Click here to find out more about our work.


The RSAA Teaching School Alliance is led by three outstanding schools, all of which are designated teaching schools in their own right. Our schools are located in different areas throughout the West Midlands and we can offer training in Birmingham, Dudley, Coventry and Redditch (South Birmingham).

Through the Alliance of both secondary and primary schools, we provide a range of professional development opportunities to teachers at all stages of their careers. One of our main aims is to take a leading role in recruiting and providing high quality training to new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and supporting teachers on a successful career path.


Abbeywood TS
For 2019-20, we are pleased to work in collaboration with Abbeywood First School RSA Academy in Church Hill who have recently been selected to become a national teaching school.


Abbeywood, in collaboration with the RSA, will take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession and can offer a range of Primary, First & Middle ITT options for 2019-20 in multiple locations.

Headline figures – 2017/18
 75% of Secondary trainees passed at Grade 1
 RSAA TSA completion rate (Secondary) 90%
 RSAA TSA completion rate (Primary) 100%
 Employment rates (Secondary) 80%
 Employment rates (Primary) 100%


Working within the RSA brings endless opportunities and brings unique benefits to trainee teachers. There is a strong encouragement and support for teachers as researchers, who are encouraged to try out new things and share their findings. There is also opportunity to have a wider influence on education. The RSA continue to contribute to the education debate, and there are opportunities for trainees working within the alliance to be part of this.

For enquires about Initial Teacher Training at the RSAA TSA & Abbeywood TS, please contact:
Teresa Wilson, Director of Initial Teacher Training, RSAA TSA, c/o Holyhead School, Birmingham, B21 0HN
TEL: 0121 523 1960

Our Partners, Sponsor & linked Academies

Our Feedback

“Thank you so much for your support this year. The impact of your work is obvious by the 17% rise in outcomes for GLD in the Early Years.”
Primary Headteacher
“Thank you for the excellent support you have given to us in improving our SEND provision”.
Primary Headteacher
“I have really appreciated your coaching sessions over the past two terms and I feel that I have a clear vision of how to take the school forward.”