Teaching School Roles

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Teaching Schools are outstanding schools that work with other schools to help them improve, and to provide high-quality training for school staff. They are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards. The idea was to "take the very best schools, ones that are already working to improve other schools, and put them in charge of teacher training and professional development for the whole system” (Michael Gove, former Secretary of State for Education).

Teaching Schools have six key roles:

Initial teacher training:  training new entrants to the profession

Professional development: offering professional development for teachers and support staff

Succession planning: identifying and developing leadership potential

School to school support: providing support to other schools in need of improvement

Specialist leaders of education (SLEs): deploying middle and senior leaders to help other schools

Research and development: identifying best practice and developing new ideas