Perseid School

Merton Special Training Association 

Formed in 2012, Merton Special Training Alliance (MSTA) works to deliver support for schools in the areas of Continuing Professional and Leadership Development (CPLD), School to School Support, and Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

MSTA offers a range of courses and programmes to develop leadership skills as well as improving teaching and learning, and is always in the process of developing more, including on request. Courses are aimed at those working in both mainstream and special schools and are run from Perseid School, Cricket Green Schools, Bishop Gilpin, The Sherwood Primary Schools and Ricards Lodge High School.

In 2014, MSTA expanded to include Merton School Partners, providing a unique context for its work. As a result, the alliance encompasses a large number of experienced leaders available to provide support at different levels, including Senior Leaders, National Leaders of Education, Specialist Leaders of Education and Expert and Consultant Teachers.

Our vision is to ensure the most successful outcomes for all our pupils especially those with special and/or additional needs through a shared moral purpose and the development of outstanding practice across the local area and region. 

MSTA's work is strengthened through professional relationships with organisations including Autism Education TrustAmbition InstituteChartered College of TeachingMerton Local Authority and AttainEqualitasEthical Leadership CommissionLondon Southbank UniversityNasenRoehampton University, South West London School Effectiveness Partnership (SWLSEP), Sport EnglandSSATSt Mary's University, TwickenhamThriveWandle Teaching School Hub and Whole School SEND

MSTA has a strong track record in providing personalised support and longer term support where required, including:

  • SEND reviews
  • Support for implementing new initiatives e.g. Growth Mindset, Clever Classrooms, Behaviour Support, ASD Friendly learning spaces
  • Coaching support for the Headteacher (e.g. one two hour session per month)
  • Mentoring for new Headteachers
  • Pupil Premium Reviews
  • Finance reviews
  • Teaching and Learning Reviews 
  • Longer term support for school improvement (e.g. termly or half termly support for the Head / leadership team)
  • Bespoke Middle Leader development
  • Support for colleagues undertaking NPQH
  • Bespoke training
  • Coaching and Mentoring.

Please email for all initial enquiries.

Visit the Merton Special Training Alliance Website 

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