The Blue Sky Teaching School Alliance was established in September 2014 and is led by Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Coventry, West Midlands, which was judged as an ‘Outstanding’ school in September 2013. With our Strategic Partners and Professional Partners we are committed to being an effective alliance in delivering the Big SIx.
Teaching School Council
We are delighted to work in partnership with Swan Alliance and Castle Phoenix our other two TSA in Coventry. Together we have a collaborative approach to harnessing the very best talent across Coventry within the many Primary Secondary and Special schools through a school to school system led system to ensure the very best outcomes for the children and young people in our city.
Currently a freelance consultant and author of several books including "Breaking Through the Barriers to Boys' Achievement" and (for parents) "How to Help Your Boy Succeed" , Gary Wilson taught in secondary schools for twenty seven years, mostly in West Yorkshire. He began work on raising boys' achievement in 1993, quickly realising the need to work in conjunction with feeder primary schools in order to maximise the impact.
In the late 90's he contributed an account of this work to "Getting it Right for Girls and Boys", edited by Noble and Bradford. In 2001 he was asked to write "Using the National Healthy School Standard to Raise Boys' Achievement" for the NHA and the DFES.
A year later he was seconded to the local authority to work with 10 high schools. In 2003 he was made the country's first LEA school improvement officer with specific responsibility for raising boys' achievement. In 2005 he was made chair of the National Education Breakthrough Programme on Raising Boys' Achievement, established by the National Primary Care Trust and the DFES Innovations Unit which has worked in over 300 schools nationwide. In 2005 he led a double national award winning campaign to raise achievement across Kirklees LEA. In 2008 he ran a campaign to raise boys' achievement in Derbyshire which won a national award for work with parents
He has spoken at numerous DFES best practice events as well as LEA and National conferences all over the country and in Brazil. He has advised and trained in over three hundred schools and over thirty LEAs across the UK. He has delivered countless sessions for parents and governors and worked with boys across the length and breadth of the UK. He delivers INSET days, twilight sessions and parents’ evenings and also runs courses for OSIRIS Educational on boys in the Early years, boys and literacy and boys in year 7, as well as being associate advisor to four LEAs.
He has written for the TES, Secondary Leadership Focus, Working with Young Men, Teaching Expertise and numerous websites. Three programmes have been made about his work for Teachers TV "Raising Boys' Achievement" parts one and two and "The Trouble With Boys" and he has appeared on the BBC and Woman's Hour many times.