Teaching and Curriculum Institute

Mossley Hollins High School is to be a lead school in the brand new Tame River Educational Trust.  Within that Trust there is a new Teaching and Curriculum Institute which builds on last year’s Teaching Guild and whose main role is to support the Trust’s Talent HR Strategy.

We are committed to working within the TCI to:

  • Plan and support training and development as part of the Schools’ Direct Programme for Initial Teacher Training
  • Plan and support training and development as part of the PGCE and PGDE Programmes for Initial Teacher Training as part of our collaboration with the Universities and Teach First
  • Plan and support training and development as part of the Early Careers’ Framework (ECF) with the University College, London (UCL) for newly qualified teachers in their first and second years with us.  The Awarding Body is the new East Manchester Teaching Hub, based at Blue Coat School, Oldham which is in the Cranmer Education Trust.
  • Plan and support training and development as part of the Tame River Teacher Gold Standard.  This is a three year in-school training and development programme for current staff and for those who have recently completed their first two ECF years.
  • Plan and support training and development as part of the Tame River Highly Effective Teacher.  This is a one year Trust-wide training and development programme for current staff and for those who have recently completed the Gold Standard.
  • The institute – over time – will also take a lead research and development role for the Trust in relation to Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact – having an overview of the quality of Schemes of Work in the English Baccalaureate subjects.

Teacher Training:

We provide high quality teacher-training and look forward to working with and inspiring new candidates who are passionate and ambitious. We work with Teach First, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester to offer PGCE training and, with Droylsden Academy and the University of Cumbria to offer Schools’ Direct placements within our Schools.  We work within the East Manchester Teaching Hub to oversee the Early Careers’ Framework for all our teachers in their first two years.

What we can offer:

  • High quality school-based training with quality Primary, Secondary and Specialist schools
  • Exceptional professional learning opportunities from across the schools
  • A range of experiences within a nurturing environment
  • Additional school experience prior to commencing the programme
  • Bespoke support for subject knowledge enhancement
  • Support and guidance throughout your placement and in seeking employment
  • A partnership with Ambition Institute which offers a Masters in Expert Teaching (we have participants from our schools) which builds on the excellent development and training offer in the Tame River Gold Standard and the Tame River Highly Effective Teacher Programme.

What our HE partners say about us:

‘There is a wealth of evidence that the lead school and its partners fully engage with ITT and training new teachers. This is clearly very important to the philosophy of the teachers / mentors involved and the schools are highly engaged in teacher learning and development’.

‘Mentors are willing to go ‘the extra mile’ to support the work of trainees and trainees spoke of feeling very well supported and guided through the training by knowledgeable and expert staff.’


We are committed to developing opportunities for staff professional development. Current training opportunities:

  • ITT – Schools’ Direct;  PGCE; PGDE (Teach First)
  • ECF – UCL
  • The Tame River Teacher Gold Standard
  • The Tame River Highly Effective Teaching Programme (3)
  • Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE): Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.
  • Local Leaders of Education (LLE) are successful Headteachers with a proven track record of supporting other schools, and with the capacity to work alongside other heads, to drive forward improvements and build capacity to ensure that improvements can be sustained.

School-to-School Support

We are able to provide bespoke support to schools and organisations based on individual requirements.

We have expert practitioners in the fields of leadership, secondary and primary teaching and learning, SEND and specific subjects who can be deployed to provide support to an organisation.

For general enquiries, please contact Emma Duggan – e.duggan@mossleyhollins.com


  • Mr Ed Mayell – Deputy Headteacher, Droylsden Academy, Standards in Teaching and the Curriculum, Chair of the Tame River Teaching Guild, currently.
  • Ms Emma Upton – Director of Teaching and Learning, Mossley Hollins High School
  • Mrs Lindsey Willis – Middle Leader, Teaching, Mossley Hollins High School and Tame River ECF Lead
  • Mr Tom Evans – Assistant Headteacher, Droylsden Academy,  Teaching and Learning (2) and Droylsden Academy ECF
  • Mrs Emma Duggan –  Senior Leader People and Partnerships (including the Talent HR Strategy) and non-teaching Administrative Lead for the TCI,  Mossley Hollins High School who will support Rachel Brown (HR Lead at our partner school) on such matters.
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