Teaching schools work with others to provide high-quality training and support for school improvement in their local area. Launched in 2011, there are now more than 800 teaching schools across the country.
All teaching schools form alliances between themselves, their partners and the schools they support. Partner organisations vary, but always include a higher education institution and often other schools and local authorities. Alliances are organised in a range of different ways. Some alliances have found it effective to appoint a director or other senior leader to coordinate their work.
System leaders work beyond their own school or setting, and can be senior or middle leaders in schools or other expert practitioners. Their work might include:
There are a number of system leader roles that are designated by NCTL or teaching schools:
Increasingly, school-to-school-support is co-ordinated by a teaching school, as they can draw upon a range of system leaders and partners to provide a comprehensive support package individually tailored to the school in need of support. There is usually a cost for system leader support, which is negotiated between the receiver of support and the system leader or their school. There are also specific funds that teaching schools can apply for to help groups of schools or a specific locality, such as the Strategic School Improvement Fund.
In Rochdale, there are two teaching schools; ourselves, and Hollingworth Academy. We work together to provide a programme of professional development from pre-teaching to headship and beyond. Our current model is structured as so:
Please contact Kate Davies, the Director of Teaching School, for any further information firstname.lastname@example.org.