Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.
By March 2016, the DofE’s goal is to have a network of 600 teaching schools making significant improvements in the quality of teaching, leadership and pupil attainment.
Teaching Schools focus on the ‘Big 6’:
- School-led initial teacher training
- Continuing professional development
- Identifying and developing leadership potential
- Supporting other schools
- Recruiting and managing Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
- Research and development
And bring with them funding and opportunities for schools within their alliance. All schools are encouraged to be linked to at least one teaching school.