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First 100 teaching schools begin their new roles

15/09/2011 Joanna
Yesterday saw the first 100 'teaching schools' commence work in their new roles.

Identified as excellent institutions for training and developing teachers, teaching schools have been tasked with the responsibility of helping other schools learn from them.

Hoping to raise standards across the board, the Department for Education (DfE) is looking to entrust talented professionals with the job of driving up standards in their own industry.

Working with partners including universities, teaching schools have been chosen to lead groups of other schools in the provision of high quality teacher support.

One of the first duties the new teaching schools have to perform is the designation of 1,000 specialist leaders of education (SLEs).

SLEs are classed as those teachers in leadership roles below the head who are deemed to be outstanding professionals. Once identified, they will begin supporting their counterparts in other schools recognised as struggling to improve.

Chief Executive of the National College, Steve Munby, said: “This move to more school-centred training and development is significant as it puts the profession in charge of developing great teachers and leaders.

"These teaching schools should be proud as they will be championing outstanding teaching practice for the benefit of pupils beyond their own school gates so that all pupils can experience education at its best."

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, an induction event for the teaching schools organised by the National College for School Leadership in Nottingham gave the schools the opportunity to learn more about the programme and discuss how they plan to lead other schools.

Education secretary Michael Gove spoke at the National College event, saying that part of the new teaching schools' role will be to 'talent spot' the best mid- and senior-level leaders and helping them to become SLEs.

Through the scheme, Mr Gove said, the knowledge and wisdom of the most talented teachers can be passed on to the next generation.

Over the next four years a total of £19 million will be distributed among the first group of teaching schools to fund their development of the leadership and administrative capabilities necessary to begin the work.

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