What is a Teaching School?


Teaching Schools are strong schools with strong leaders that work with others to deliver high quality training, development and support to new and experienced teachers. Working with others to provide high-quality training and support for school improvement in their local area, Teaching Schools focus on three key strands: Initial Teacher Training, School to School Support and Research Led and Evidence Based Professional Development. Launched in 2011, there are now more than 800 teaching schools across the country and their role includes:

  • co-ordinating and delivering high-quality, school-based initial teacher training (ITT)
  • spreading excellent practice by supporting other schools, particularly those that need it the most
  • providing professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network

To become a teaching school, a school must be judged at least good in their most recent Ofsted inspection and have a proven track record of delivering ITT and supporting other schools.

At St Thomas More, we have an excellent reputation of working with other schools and local universities to offer the highest quality support and training across the spectrum of school improvement areas. See ‘our courses’ and ‘teacher training’ pages for more information.