The Dales TSA

  • Blyth Academy - The Dales TSA

    Blyth Academy - The Dales TSA

  • The Dales TSA

    The Dales TSA

‘Leading and inspiring learning for all’ - schools in the Dales TSA work together to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do. All learners are supported and enabled to achieve their full learning potential, build their self-esteem and enhance their personal effectiveness

All staff are valued and have an entitlement to high quality professional development and support to progress within their careers

Our Collaborative TSA Commitment

  • Every school in the TSA has access to outstanding quality professional development, enabling all staff to progress, building the capacity of all schools
  • We will further improve teaching; aiming for every lesson to be outstanding
  • We will further improve leadership; aiming for all schools to be outstanding
  • We will narrow the gap in attainment, achievement and care; ensuring that every child has equal access to support, learning and progression
  • We work together to achieve our commitments through collaboration, trust and mutual support


  • Barndale House Special School
  • Blyth Academy
  • Collingwood School and Media Arts College
  • Croftway Primary Academy
  • Dales Special School
  • Grove Special School
  • Hillcrest School
  • Horton Grange Primary School
  • Morpeth Road Primary Academy
  • Malvin’s Close Primary Academy
  • New Delaval Primary School
  • Newsham Primary School
  • Northumberland Virtual School
  • Pupil Referral Unit
  • St. Wilfrid’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School

We also work in partnership with Northumberland CYPS and NHS Speech and Language Services along with Northumbria University.

Specialist Teaching Schools collaborative

We have developed a collaborative strategy across the four Specialist Teaching Schools across the North East area which allows us to share our expertise across a vast number of schools. The collaborative consists of:

  • The Dales Teaching School Alliance
  • Epinay Teaching School Partnership
  • Percy Hedley Teaching School
  • Sunningdale Teaching School

SEND Collaborative

Each year, the SEND lead teaching schools in the North East region work together to plan a conference reaching around 150 school leaders and SENDCOs focussing on engagement with learning for pupils with additional needs. On 26th March 2019 we will hold our third conference, working with Culture Bridge North East, with a focus on ‘Creativity and Innovation in the Curriculum’. For further details and booking information, please click here.

Recent Projects

Senior Leaders from the Dales TSA schools agreed a strategic priority for 2018 -19 with a focus on ‘Happy and Healthy Learning’.  Consequently, our annual TSA conference, (held in October each year), was on this theme and included workshops on managing stress, reducing workload in schools and developing a whole school approach to Health and Well-being for staff, parents and children.  We also explored the DfE priorities for addressing mental health in schools and the local Public Health agenda to drive forward this important area of work.  Our WFD programme for the year also reflects this priority with a range of opportunities to help schools to take forward the agenda in their own school.

Linked to this focus, we submitted a bid for funding to the Laurel Trust to conduct an action research project on the impact of interventions with parents of children with additional needs on their child’s learning and development.  The project is now progressing well and the impact will be evaluated throughout the year and a report produced by December 2019.

We have also been successful in securing funding aiming to support teachers with disabilities into leadership positions where they are under-represented in the workforce.  If you are a teacher with a disability, or have someone on your staff with a disability, please contact us so that we can support them with individual mentoring support to enable them to progress their career. 

During the academic year 2017-18 the Dales TSA secured SSIF Emergency Fund to support a school in the region in an Ofsted category.  The school worked relentlessly to address the areas identified and they have recently been judged by Ofsted as ‘good’.  Although the school secured their own success through their hard work and commitment, the SSIF supported them to achieve their own priorities.  Many congratulations to them for their fantastic success!


GET in touch

The Dales School
Cowpen Road
NE24 4RE

01670 352556

Head teacher: Dr Sue Fisher

TSA Coordinator: Neil Simpson