King Edward VI High School for Girls was the only independent school, in the first cohort of teaching schools in 2011, to be granted teaching school status–a designation entitling it to lead the training and professional development of staff. We are now in our third year of delivering our collaborative programme of support as a Teaching School.
The teaching school initiative, marks a shift towards school-centred training and development. Teaching schools are responsible for leading a group of schools, working with other partners including at least one university, to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders at all stages in their career.
We have long worked with other schools in both the state and independent sectors believing in the huge benefits to everyone in sharing ideas and practice. We have been able to put together a very strong group of partners with whom we continue to work in order to deliver our teaching school objectives. We now have over 20 schools working with us as part of our teaching school alliance.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership has responsibility for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme, working closely with the Department for Education (DfE). The national network of teaching schools will grow to 500 by 2014.
The Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership said: “To take on this role, teaching schools like King Edward VI High School for Girls need to be among the best in the country- outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school-to-school support.
“Over time teaching schools will harness the finest teaching talent in the profession to drive school improvement, and bring real benefits to pupils. Trainees will learn from the best teachers in action and those who want to step up to more senior leadership positions will be exposed to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school.”