Teaching schools

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.

Key Facts

In November 2010 the previously named National College for School Leadership and the Teaching Agency, were asked to work alongside the TDA to designate and quality assure a new national network of teaching schools. Modelled on the concept of teaching hospitals, teaching schools were designated on the basis of being Outstanding and being of the highest quality; examples of the best schools in the country.
What is the core role of a teaching school?

Teaching schools are given the responsibility to: 
  • Provide support for trainee teachers, leaders and other colleagues within the school setting by working in partnership. This includes making a contribution to initial teacher training, CPD and leadership development. This also means helping identifying potential school leaders at the beginning of their careers, and supporting them throughout their journey to fulfil their career ambitions.
  • Provide support for schools who may find themselves in challenging circumstances. This school-to-school support will involve the time of Headteachers working collaboratively with colleagues in another school, to implement long-term strategy and change to ensure continued improvement.
  • Make a contribution to the wider education system by working to create an alliance of schools who work collectively

The Big Six

The National College for Teaching and Leadership provides teaching schools with six main key areas to help structure teaching school delivery.