Teaching Schools

What are Teaching Schools?

Teaching schools are good or outstanding schools that play an important role in a school-led system, working with others to provide high-quality training and support for school improvement in their local area. Launched in 2011, their role includes:

  • co-ordinating and delivering high-quality, school-based initial teacher training (ITT)
  • spreading excellent practice by supporting other schools, particularly those that need it the most
  • providing professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network

Teaching school alliances

All teaching schools form alliances between themselves, their partners and the schools they support. Partner organisations vary, but often include a higher education institution, other schools and local authorities.

Alliances offer more than the sum of their parts. Their strength lies in all of the schools and staff in the alliance and the skills and experience they bring. The structure of alliances varies depending on the local situation: some are led by a single school, others by multiple schools or partnerships.

Alliances are organised in a range of different ways. Some alliances have found it effective to appoint a director or other senior leader to co-ordinate their work.