News & Events


      Astra are holding a Trainee Taster Event on Wednesday 8th January 2020, 8.50am - 11.30am, at Kings Church, Amersham. The link for registering is here.  

      MFL Hub

      MFL Hub work is well underway in our area, with some exciting work carried out by SLEs from Bucks schools. Five Bucks secondary schools are involved in this two-year DfE pilot. The Hub, based at lead school Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, is one of nine hubs nationally, working with the national Centre of Excellence for Language Pedagogy (NCELP). Training events for the hub schools have focused this term on deliberate practice in Phonics and Grammar teaching, with support and opportunities to observe across the hub schools. Participating teachers been able to use and evaluate resources learnt in the CPD workshops. The focus of workshops after half term will be Vocabulary learning.

      Within the pilot of the Hub, activity is focused on the five participating schools. In addition, Hub SLEs are looking forward to presenting resources, best practice, and sharing experience at the MFL Hub Open Day on 9 July, where the focus will be on the building blocks of excellent MFL teaching and learning (phonics, grammar, vocabulary, meaningful practice). Great quality FREE CPD for secondary MFL teachers! Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, Marlow 9 July 2019. 9am-3pm. To register interest or for more information, please contact


      Do you have future Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) in your team? 

      We are recruiting SLEs in Maths, Literacy and Science at KS1 & 2. Read More

      Teaching Talent

      New website! With so much great work going on, we have updated our current website to create an accessible centralised online platform for Teaching Talent that will grow both as the group develops capacity and range of activity. The focus will be on a collaborative SLE register and deployment system, and a coordinated Professional Learning calendar. Watch this space. Read more

      Review of a Busy Term

      Ben Parsons, Director of Marlow & Maidenhead Learning Alliance, reflects on a busy term so far. 

      Read More


      Two new programmes from our partners at Aspire: Behaviour Management Can be Learnt and SEND Training

      Behaviour Management Can Be Learnt


      SEND Training















      In This Section