What is a National Teaching School?
The 'National Teaching School' designation gives successful schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to raising standards through school-to-school support.
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.