The Cornerstone Teaching School was created in 2013. 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. Teaching school alliances are led by a teaching school and include schools that are benefiting from support, as well as strategic partners who lead some aspects of training and development.
Teaching schools have six core functions, which are:
- School – led initial teaching training - leading and developing teacher training through ‘School Direct’. Taking an active role in the recruitment and selection of trainee teachers, and having a clear plan for teacher training, including access to outstanding lessons and teachers for observation and planning, mentoring and quality assurance.
- Continuing professional development – offering a range of opportunities for teachers and school support staff to extend the strong learning culture to schools we work with and offer opportunities for formal accreditation and school-based research.
- Supporting other schools – this usually involves working with a school in challenging circumstances to bring about improvement, but also with schools that are seeking to improve specific areas of their curriculum (eg the use of IT in the curriculum). This includes deciding how to use the services of system leaders to provde support to other schools.
- Identifying and developing leadership potential – developing successful succession planning strategies to identify and devlop people to fill leadersip positions in the future.
- Specialist leaders of education – using outstanding middle and senior leaders to support individuals or teams in other schools: identifying subject area priorities within the alliance, setting up a panel of headteachers to assess applicants using eligibility criteria to select specialist leaders of education, ensuring that the recruitment process is fair, negotiating specialist leader of education work within your alliance, ensuring that specialist leaders of education are providing high-quality support that is having a positive impact
- Research and development – build on existing research as well as developing new opportunities. Show impact on teaching and learning and impact on the wider school community.