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Mercia Learning Alliance is the system leadership project of the Mercia Learning Trust MAT it aims to provide career long support for staff as a route to school improvement.

Welcome to Mercia Learning Alliance 

Mercia Learning Alliance comes from the designated Teaching School in the alliance; King Ecgbert School but the project is very much a Mercia Trust project with heavily involvement from a partner primary school in the Trust, Nether Edge Primary School which is also a National Support School. We provide the full range of Teaching School projects including a significant ITT role with the University of Sheffield on secondary and the Sheffield SCITT on primary, NQT appropriate body is provided with a growing offer around early career framework, talent spotting and fast track career development, CPD across the career stages including leadership developments- we co-deliver the Sheffield based NPQ offer and a significant school to school support arm with close ties to the development of the MAT. We are a research literate organisation who use research to develop best practice and participate in a range of EEF funded projects. We currently have a SSIF bid pending to support 18 local secondary schools around PP EBacc performance.

Designation Cohort 3
Lead/Director Paul Haigh and Matthew Knox 
Successful SSIF Bid   
Partnership Arrangements  SY Network
Twitter  @la_mercia  @paulhaigh
Phase Secondary 

As stated in the Regional Anthology for June 2018, we are especially good at;


School to School Support

Being an active partner within local school improvement strategy

NQT Development 

Middle Leader Development 


Visit the Mercia Learning Alliance website to find out more