Following the publication of the Education White Paper in November 2010, which gave details of the government’s new teaching schools initiative, over 1000 schools have expressed an interest in becoming part of the new network.
The National College will be responsible for the designation and quality assurance of teaching schools through England as they work in partnership with other schools to support staff and pupils. The first teaching schools will take up their role in September 2011 and by 2014, up to 500 schools will have received the new designation.
Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the National College said:
“This huge level of interest shows just how much talent there is in our schools waiting to be tapped. Teaching schools will enable the best in the profession to lead the next generation so they can join them on the road to success.
“Additional funding and recognition is just one part of the deal. Schools leading schools to raise standards and increase attainment will bring huge benefits for all. But they can’t do it on their own. That’s why support from partner schools who choose to work with teaching schools is vital.”
Schools Minister, Nick Gibb said:
“The best education systems around the world recruit the highest calibre of graduates, and train and develop them rigorously throughout their career. That’s why we want the best schools led by the best heads to become teaching schools, and why it is great to see so much interest and enthusiasm from schools at this stage.
"In the NHS, teaching hospitals have become centres of excellence in their local areas by training current and future generations of doctors and nurses while also providing excellent medical care. We want teachers to have the same opportunities for excellent initial teacher training and ongoing professional development. We also want teaching schools to become the engines that will help weaker schools to raise their academic standards and to improve behaviour.”