• Rainhill Community Nursery School
  • Deepdale Drive
  • Rainhill, Merseyside
  • L35 4NW
  • 01744 677635 | rainhillnursery@sthelens.org.uk
  • Headteacher and SENDCo - Miss Emma Nicholson

For enquires please contact Mrs Katherine Culley, Office Manager or Mrs Angela Gregory, Clerical Officer on the phone number or email above.

Teaching School Alliance

North West Early Years     

Teaching School Alliance

North West Early Years TSA is a National Teaching School based in St Helens, Merseyside, with partners from Lancashire, Sefton and Wigan. The work of this Teaching School is focused on Educational provision for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1. The lead school, Rainhill Nursery School has an outstanding track record and collaborates with 3 other Nursery Schools, from the North West region, in order to lead the work of the Teaching School. Each of the schools involved in this work has been judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding. They are: Crossens Nursery School in Sefton, Duke Street and Highfield Nursery Schools in Lancashire and Douglas Valley and Hindley Nursery Schools in Wigan.

The teaching school is further supported in its work by a wider alliance of Nursery and Primary schools, Initial Teacher Training providers and by the local Authorities represented within the Alliance.

Teaching schools are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system. Collaboration is at the heart of the teaching school model. The alliance delivers support to:

  • Train new entrants to the profession alongside other partners including universities
  • Lead peer to peer learning
  • Spot and nurture leadership potential
  • Provide bespoke support for other schools
  • Designate and broker Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) – there is a growing number of SLEs within the Alliance offering expertise in a range of specialisms
  • Engage in research and development
  • Organise and broker a wide range of training opportunities and activities to support school and setting improvement

Through the provision of the support mechanisms listed above our aim is to work with school and setting leaders and practitioners in order to:

  • Improve the quality and impact of early years provision
  • Build capacity for effective school led improvement
  • Increase opportunities for leaders and staff to develop their knowledge and understanding about how young children learn and develop in order to have a transformational impact on outcomes for children,
  • Improve school readiness for most disadvantaged children and their peers

The Headteachers and staff, along with our strategic partners, look forward to working with you to support you and your colleagues in improving teaching and learning and leadership and management in your school or setting.

Mission Statement

Recognising the unique nature of Early Education, North West Early Years Teaching School Alliance aspires to collaborate with partners from across the North West Region  to secure improved attainment for children 0-5 and beyond, through the development of strong leaders and a highly skilled, responsive workforce.


  • Distinctive - Be distinctive and focus on excellence in Early Years (0-5)
  • Bespoke - Deliver bespoke, evidenced based packages of support and CPLD, tailored to need.
  • Self-reliant – Support all within the alliance to reflect on the effectiveness of their provision and to take responsibility for addressing areas in need of development
  • Professional - Facilitate and promote a culture of professional learning built around innovation, collaboration, coaching and research
  • Outcome Focused – success will be measured by the outcomes achieved

The Offer:

  1. School to School Support
  2. Bespoke support for Early Years and Key Stage One provision in your school, comprising;
  • an evidenced based audit of the quality of provision,
  • identification of areas for development and
  • action planning to support prioritisation of next steps.

This process will be underpinned by;

  • CPLD in the use of the audit tools,
  • support visits to other schools and settings
  • the support of a serving headteacher, SLE or Lead practitioner to support you and your staff to carry out the action plan and evaluate impact.
  1. SLE or Lead practitioner support in any aspect of EYFS provision.
  2. Continuing Professional and Leadership Development

CPLD - From time to time we will deliver CPLD in a location within the North West and this will be marketed across the region.

Most of the CPLD offered by our alliance will be a bespoke package tailored to the specific needs of your school or setting, examples of support already delivered include:

  • Monitoring and Scrutiny
  • Tracking and reporting progress and attainment
  • Interventions to accelerate progress
  • The establishment of effective learning behaviours (Characteristics of Effective Learning)
  • Use of the Lesson Study Model to improve practice
  • Supporting Children with SEND (Low level to complex including preparation of EHCP Applications)
  • Supporting Traditional British Values in the Early Years

If you feel your staff would benefit from CPLD not listed above, please contact us as we will be happy to create a package tailored to your needs or signpost you to another provider.

Leadership Development

Leadership development is delivered in the following ways:

  • Bespoke support for School leaders with limited EYFS experience, which will provide you with the tools necessary to monitor the effectiveness in the EYFS.
  • Bespoke support for EYFS phase leaders in order to improve outcomes for children
  • Signposting to accredited Leadership courses e.g NPQSL etc delivered by partner TSAs.


A subscription fee of £300 entitles the school / setting to an initial evidenced based quality audit, feedback, note of visit including action plan and an associated bespoke CPLD session of up to 3 hours.

Further support can be brokered as required for an additional fee.


For further information or to discuss your support needs please contact North West Early Years TSA on 01744 677635 and ask to speak to Emma Nicholson, Acting Head Teacher (Rainhill MNS) or email rainhillnursery@sthelens.org.uk

We very much look forward to working with you.