About US

Dedicated to supporting schools and teachers throughout Dorset to improve our children’s education.

Broadstone First School was designated a Teaching School in the first cohort in 2010 and formed the Poole Teaching School Alliance (Poole TSA). In September 2021 Poole TSA evolved into Castleman Learning Network. As part of our partnership, we work alongside a wide range of schools across Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset. As a network we work together to provide support and development opportunities for professionals across the teaching profession.

As a learning network, we support local schools and teachers by offering a range of professional development opportunities which enable teachers to reflect, share in research and develop their practice. Regardless of your experience, if you’re passionate about education we would love to talk to you.

The key areas the Castleman Learning Network work on include:


Providing high quality training and support to new entrants to the teaching profession: Foundation Degree, Initial Teacher Training, TA and Teacher Apprenticeships.


Supporting school based colleagues at all levels by providing training and leadership.


Providing professional development opportunities in a variety of subject areas, leadership development and educational initiatives.


Working in partnership with the South Coastal Central Teaching School Hub, providing support, training and assessment for the Early Career Teacher Programme.

Another important area of our work is sharing the learning from all these opportunities so that as many as possible benefit from the thinking and learning happening in our network. For those schools who would like to engage the support of experts in the area of interest to them, we can point you in the direction of some highly talented and experienced practitioners whose role it is to provide capacity, ideas and support to school leaders and anyone else working with young people – including governors.

There are a wide, varied and hugely exciting range of professional development opportunities open to all, through the Castleman Learning Network. From those thinking about entering the profession to those who have been working with young people for a long time, you are certain to find something to interest, excite and spur you on to engage in your own learning journey.

Our Team

Lou Evans


Claire Collins

Training/Finance Co-ordinator

Ellie Crofts

Admin Assistant

We have the privilege of partnering with some amazing schools across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset to improve education.