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What we offer

Photograph by Richard Graham, Meridian Primary School


The Royal Greenwich TSA delivers an innovative programme of school-led CPD and leadership development, which is cutting edge and responsive to need, contributing to the dramatic rise in attainment in Greenwich. The Alliance has an established group of Local and National Leaders with expertise in solution-focused, school-based CPD and access to 21st century global, transformational leadership resources. Some of the highlights from our current offer are:

  • Professional development for school leaders (NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH qualifications)

  • Aspiring Leaders

For full details please see our CPD programme

Please see the below for details of the programmes running from September 2021.


RGSA Maths Subject Leaders 2021-22

RGSA English Subject Leaders 2021-22

Research and Development

Photography by various teachers, Willow Dene School

As we transform and reshape the manner in which schools enable teachers to continue to learn, practitioner research occupies an increasingly central place in the culture of the school. By engaging with the theories and ideas of academics, schools can better understand the effectiveness of all that they do and feel a greater sense of empowerment as they reform pedagogy and grasp the mantle of professional knowledge creation. 

The Royal Greenwich TSA is committed to sponsoring practitioner research across the Local Authority, so that our collective professional capital is enhanced through the investigation and exploration of genuine questions that are centered on effective pedagogy and learning.

The Alliance is focused on bringing the very best national and international speakers into Greenwich to facilitate debate and engagement of the highest standard, whilst at the same time, nurturing home-grown researchers who contribute to the growing body of knowledge that enables the profession to sustain itself.  

Every teacher is a researcher. We are committed to supporting them in sharing their understanding with the wider professional community for the benefit of all learners.

The Royal Greenwich TSA is committed to promoting and nurturing research in its broadest sense; from the day-to-day enquiries that practitioners make in their desire to improve teaching, to the larger, planned research projects centered on key research questions.

We aim to do this through a framework for knowledge mobilisation at the heart of a local authority-wide community of learners, focused on ethical, change-focused research that addresses key educational issues and dilemmas:

  • Teach-meet events that provide a forum for exchange

  • MA Programme in Leadership and Innovation with Interface Space and West London University Business School

  • Deliberate practice and small-scale research projects

  • Termly Research and Development Seminars

  • Facilitated Research supervised and accredited by the University of Greenwich

  • SSAT Lead Practitioner and TEEP

Schools will have the opportunity to send teachers to participate in action research with the Royal Greenwich TSA in cycles across the academic year.

  • Cycle 1: October – February

  • Cycle 2: February - July

Some of the research may continue across these points while others may be able to be undertaken within one cycle.  Teachers will register for research support at the start of these cycles.

Choices about who will participate will be influenced by school strategic development plans, individual targets and priorities for individual members of staff, year groups or phases. The 2017/18 cohort’s work has included educational robotics to teach computational thinking the different forms of media that inspire and encourage boys to write, and an exploration of the relevance of resilience, social networks and transition to a music therapy group. The subject of the action research projects are determined by the participating practitioners, and will cover areas of interest that require improvement or greater understanding.

Support will be provided by experienced researchers from the University of Greenwich in the following ways:

  • Three 75 minute twilight meetings per cycle to plan and implement their study at a venue convenient to participants

  • Extra individual consultation and support meetings

  • Access to relevant and useful research literature to inform the study

  • Training in relevant methodology and data collection techniques (including ethical considerations)

  • Support with the analysis of research data

  • Support with planning, action, evaluation and reflection

  • Support with the dissemination and publication of results – international/national conference attendance, journal articles etc.

  • Opportunities to gain University Masters credits

The 2017/18 cohort of Royal Greenwich TSA teacher-researchers have disseminated their work by presenting their findings at International conferences and writing for publication in professional journals.

If you would like to be involved please contact: Professor Andrew Lambirth: