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 October 2016, the government’s goal is to have a network of 600 teaching schools making significant improvements in the quality of teaching, leadership and pupil attainment.

To apply to become a teaching school a school must:

  • have an outstanding rating from Ofsted
  • provide evidence of successful partnerships
  • show excellent leadership with a proven track record of school improvement
  • have an outstanding headteacher with at least 3 years’ experience
  • have a leadership team with the capacity to lead the 6 core areas of the teaching school role

All the teaching schools that work within an alliance must contribute to an appropriate  level ensuring that the individual efforts that make up the alliance’s performance are easily identifiable whenever an activity is reviewed.

A Teaching School, will identify, develop and co-ordinate expertise for the benefit of learners across a network of settings and schools, resulting in:

  • better results for children
  • fewer poorly performing schools or Early Years settings
  • more good and outstanding schools or Early Years settings
  • a self-improving and sustainable system


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