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Launched in 2011, there are now almost 700 teaching schools across the country. Their role is to work with others to provide high-quality training and support for school improvement in their local area.
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. At Middleton Technology School this is Sarah Livesey.
To become a teaching school, a school must be judged outstanding and have a proven track record of delivering ITT and supporting other schools.
In the simplest terms, system leaders are those who work beyond their own school. This might include:
There are a number of system leader roles that are designated by us or teaching schools:
There is often a cost for system leader support, which is negotiated between you and the system leader’s school.
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:
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