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​Welcome to the Dorset Teaching School Alliance website.  We are a relatively new Teaching School Alliance (established in March 2016), but we have been working together as a partnership of schools for 25 years (the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership – DASP).  Our alliance consists of fourteen first schools, three middle schools, an upper school and a learning centre.  We also collaborate closely with the Dorset Studio School and with neighbouring Teaching School Alliance, TADSS (Teaching School Alliance of Dorset Special Schools). 

Our aim is to develop the very best learning opportunities for staff and students through a collaborative approach to professional learning and research.

DTSA offers a wide range of opportunities in the following areas:

-Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

-Continuing Professional Learning

-Leadership Development

-School to School Support



Please follow the 'Courses' tab above to find further details of the DTSA professional learning programmes, services and research priorities for 2018-19.  Programme outlines of some of our most popular courses can be found in the 'Documents' area below.

Please email for further information about any of our courses.

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 DTSA Tired To Inspired 19

Just some of the events coming up this summer as part of T2I19: 

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Essential Coaching Skills for School Leaders

We have teamed up with the fabulous Mal Krishnasamy to bring you Essential Coaching for School Leaders, an ILM recognised coaching course. This is a two-day course designed to build confidence and skills in using coaching to inspire, challenge and empower teams. To book:

Further details:

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DTSA Women Leaders' Programme

Launched October 2018

Supported by Vivienne Porritt (National Leader of WomenEd) & Kate Adie CBE (Author & Broadcaster)

Full details in 'Documents' section

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DTSA Leadership Development Opportunities 2018-19

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Further details in the 'documents' section to the left, or email


DTSA Maths SLE, Phil Eadie, Becomes Accredited NCETM PD Lead

DTSA Maths specialist, Phil Eadie, has successfully completed the Secondary PD Lead Development and Accreditation Programme and is now an NCETM Accredited PD Lead.

Being an NCETM Accredited PD Lead means that Phil has been formally recognised for his in-depth design and planning of professional development for teachers.  Phil is now part of a network of accredited PD Leads with access to the dedicated online NCETM Accredited PD Lead community.  Phil has also been listed in the Accredited PD Leads section of the NCETM CPD Providers' Directory.

Well done Phil!



Guy Claxton Launches #DASP2017 Learning Innovation Conference

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30 October 2017, Thomas Hardye School:  This year's DTSA-DASP Learning Conference was attended by 350 teachers from across the partnership as well as an impressive line-up of guests, including Professor Guy Claxton, Tom Sherrington, Amjad Ali, Nina Jackson, Stephen Lockyer, Ted Bradshaw and Jules Daulby.  A series of excellent seminars on a range of topics were also offered by colleagues from across DASP.


Upcoming Events & Dates for Your Diary:



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Please see the Documents area (left) for our downloadable brochure and booking form. 

For further information on all our First Aid & Health & Safety training opportunities, please email DTSA specialist trainer, Kieran Williams: 



​DTSA Professional Learning for TAs 

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