Perseid School

Merton Special Training Association 

The Merton Special Training Association (MSTA) grew from the Merton Special Teaching Alliance which existed between 2012 and 2021. It was formed by Perseid School and Cricket Green School. MSTA works to deliver support for school effectiveness and specialist best practice which includes School to School support, Continuing Professional and Leadership Development (CPLD) and Initial Teacher Training (ITT). MSTA is headed jointly by Fiona Copeland (Executive Headteacher at Perseid School) and Celia Dawson (Headteacher at Cricket Green School. Emily Leonard (Head of Whatley Campus, Melbury College), Laura Howarth (Headteacher at Rutlish School), Keith Ellis (Headteacher at Wimbledon Chase Primary School), Katharine DaviesMatt Ball and Tina Harvey are our Education Consultants who collectively work to set the overall direction of MSTA. Our unique context enables us to offer exciting and relevant opportunities to achieve our vision. MSTA is committed to the principles of Ethical Leadership.

MSTA offers a range of CPD to develop leadership skills as well as improving teaching and learning:

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:

  • Bespoke Support for Pupils with SEND
  • 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.

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