National Teaching Schools
Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.
WHY ARE TEACHING SCHOOLS SO IMPORTANT?
The most important factors in raising standards in schools are: the quality of teaching and the quality of leadership. Teaching schools focus on creating and supporting school improvement networks, realising talent and growing teaching and leadership potential within and between schools. This will be achieved by: training new teachers, enabling peer-to-peer learning and school support to help close the attainment gap.
Schools work together within a teaching school alliance – a group of schools and other partners that is supported by the leadership of a teaching school. This includes all those schools that benefit by receiving support, as well as strategic partners that will lead on certain aspects of delivery. Alliances can be cross phase and cross sector, work across local authorities and can include different types of organisations.
Collaboration is at the heart of the teaching school model. Working together, the alliance will deliver support for other schools in their wider network to:
- Play a greater role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession (initial teacher training).
- Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development (continuing professional development).
- Identify and develop leadership potential (succession planning and talent management).
- Provide support for other schools.
- Designate and broker Specialist Leaders of Education.
- Engage in research and development activity.
- Throughout all of the above roles, high quality teaching and learning is a core theme.