Teaching schools are part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to enable schools to take increasing responsibility for managing the education system.
The vision for teaching schools is to have established a network of around 500 outstanding teaching school alliances by 2014 that will drive significant improvement in the quality of professional practice, improving the attainment of every child.
Teaching schools will play a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where:
As well as offering training and support, teaching schools will identify and co-ordinate expertise in partner schools, using the best leaders and teachers to:
Announced in the Schools White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, published in November 2010, the National College was asked to develop a new national network of teaching schools modelled on teaching hospitals. The new designation gave 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. As part of these plans we have been asked to develop and quality assure the designation of teaching schools.
For the first time, teaching schools brought together provision for training and development from initial teacher training (ITT) through to headship under a single, school designation.
The first 100 teaching schools were designated in July 2011, followed by a second cohort in March 2012. By 2014/15 the College aims to have established a network of around 500 teaching schools that will have driven significant improvement in the quality of professional practice and pupil attainment.
This vision was underpinned by a number of fundamental principles:
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