All schools within the OWL Trust are members of a teaching schools alliance and most OWL Trust schools are signed up to the Walbottle Village Teaching School Alliance. These alliances have been set up so that schools work through six key areas of development - these include collaborating on: CPD; succession planning; leadership development; research; support for schools as well as rolling out initial teacher training. The Walbottle Village Alliance held a conference this week and invited key members of the outer west community including Northumbria University. John Hardy from an established alliance on Teeside spoke to the conference about how his alliance developed overtime and the benefits of alliance collaboration. We also discussed the similarities and differences between formal Trust aims and Alliance aims. The OWL Headteacher's group have looked closely at this relationship lately and agree that this strategic partnership is mutually beneficial. They have endorsed their commitment to utilising the OWL operational model to develop links with the WV Alliance. The OWL will benefit through the six areas identified as well as the Alliance bringing funding streams into the OWL Trust through the collaborative work. The session concluded with the group considering ways in which practitioners within schools might become part of this development work. The OWL Board will also consider how this relationship is encouraged for the benefit of all parties and will consider the strategic plans that will now be outlined as a result of this conference.