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Tykes Teaching Alliance is led by two schools, Hoyland Common Primary School and Highview Primary Learning Centre. Our alliance comprises of schools in all different sectors and localities, professional partners from Higher Education, Local authorities and other teaching schools. The alliance works together to support a sector led system of school improvement.
Tykes Teaching Alliance offers services to ALL schools across the borough and the wider region.

Strategic Board

The following local system leaders work collaborative to form our Strategic Board;

  • Tom Banham – NLE and CEO of HCAT
  • Gerry Foster Wilson – NLE & CEO of Every Child Matters Academy Trust
  • Nicola Shipman – NLE and CEO of Steel City Schools Partnership
  • Mathew Harris – NLE and Head Teacher at Burton Road Primary School
  • Alistair Budd – LLE and Principal at Upperwood Academy
Partner Schools

Our Partner Schools are those that we have a reciprocal relationship with, those who have the skills, expertise and capacity to offer support to the school led system.


Tykes Teaching Alliance is always looking to collaborate with new schools and partners to help improve the quality of education for children across the region.

Please do not hesitate to contact Tykes TA if you wish to collaborate with us to support the continual development of schools to improve the outcomes of children in Barnsley and beyond.

Professional Partners

Tykes Teaching Alliance works with a wide variety of Professional Partners in order to support schools in their improvement journey. The list below is not exhaustive;

Teaching School Alliances
  • Partners in Learning
  • Learners First
  • Fusion TSA
  • Learning Unlimited TSA
  • Positive Regard TSA
  • Teaching School Council
  • Doncaster Research School
Local Multi Academy Trusts
  • HCAT
  • Every Child Matters Academy Trust
  • St Mary’s Academy Trust
  • Pioneer Academy Community Trust
  • Venn Academy
Initial Teacher Training Providers
  • Sheffield Hallam
  • Teacher Yorkshire
  • Doncaster SCITT
  • Sheffield SCITT
Curriculum Hubs
  • South Yorkshire Maths Hub – Notre Dame
  • English Hub – Whiston Worrygoose
  • English Hub – St Thomas of Canterbury
  • Computer Hub – All Saints Roman Catholic School
  • STEM Learning & Science Partnership – Grenoside Primary School
Other Partner Agencies
  • Barnsley Schools Alliance Board
  • Doncaster LA
  • Education Development Trust
  • South Yorkshire Futures
  • Barnsley College
  • Doncaster College
  • Ambition Institute
  • Barnsley Governance Association
  • Mindspace
  • IVE
  • Olevi