What are Teaching Schools?




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, our goal is to have a network of 600 teaching schools making significant improvements in the quality of teaching, leadership and pupil attainment.

Teaching schools 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

The 6 core areas (also known as 'The Big 6') central to the success of a teaching school are as follows:


1. Initial Teacher Training
lead role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession
2. Continuing Professional Development
peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
3. Leadership & Talent Management
identify and develop leadership potential
4. School to School Support
provide support for other schools
5. Specialist Leaders of Education
SLE designate and broker specialist leaders
6. Research and Development
engage and lead in educational research

Working with teaching schools:

You could consider working with a teaching school as a strategic partner. This would involve helping the teaching school to perform aspects of their role.

Strategic partners do not have to meet the teaching school eligibility criteria. But you will need to show that you have the competence and capacity to provide high quality support in a particular area. This might include initial teacher training, continuing professional development or leadership development provision.