For outstanding schools
Application round: closed
Teaching schools give outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support.
The designation of teaching school is open to all schools in England, regardless of type or phase. Schools and academies applying to become teaching schools will need to give evidence of successful partnerships as well as excellent leadership with a proven track record of school improvement. Both the headteacher and the school will need to meet stringent criteria. Find out more about the eligibility criteria, as well as options for schools that do not currently meet the criteria.
Schools will 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 will include all those schools that benefit by receiving support, as well as strategic partners that will lead on certain aspects of delivery. A school can choose to be involved in more than one alliance and a school could be a strategic partner for more than one teaching school.
Strategic partners are schools, universities and others (that could include the academy chains, private sector, diocese or local authorities) that deliver particular aspects of the alliance's activity such as ITT, continuing professional development (CPD), leadership development or school-to-school support.
Alliances may be cross phase and cross sector, work across local authorities and may include different types of organisations.
Designation is likely to be for four years, subject to the school or academy continuing to meet the eligibility criteria.
There is no cost to apply. Teaching schools will receive some funding to enable them to undertake their core role.
The application round is now closed.
This is currently the last planned application round. However, following an announcement by the secretary of state on 5 September 2013, there may be targeted opportunities for schools to apply beyond cohort 4.
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