What is a Teaching School?
Carmel College Teaching School Alliance, designated in April 2011, has grown alongside the College. Over the years, as it has grown and developed, a culture of enthusiasm and passion for learning has been instilled in new generations of inspirational teachers.
Teaching schools are part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to take increasing responsibility for managing the school system. Like teaching hospitals, teaching schools are outstanding in their own performance and have a proven track record of working with others to set and achieve aspirational standards for all children and young people.
Teaching schools like Carmel College Teaching School are recognised and designated by the Department for Education (DfE) as being among the best schools in the country to train and develop teaching professionals for the future.
Who do we work with?
Carmel College Teaching School Alliance comprises a number of outstanding primary and secondary schools from across the North East region. The remit of all teaching schools, is to serve the needs of schools and colleges in their locality and to strengthen and enhance the capacity to manage effectively the school system in the region.
What do we do?
Teaching schools have six key roles and are responsible for identifying and co-ordinating expertise by using the best leaders and teachers to:
• lead the development of a school-led Initial Teacher Training system
• lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
• identify and develop leadership potential
• provide support for other schools
• designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)
• engage in research and development
The above areas of activity are commonly known as the “Big 6.”
We are also a designated Maths Hub and Early Years Hub.
Where are we going?
Carmel College Teaching School Alliance continues to grow and go from strength to strength. Training teachers, developing the leaders of tomorrow, seeking out and offering new and effective CPD programmes all contribute to the vision of a schools’ led system. Our core business is also to continue to support and collaborate with colleagues in schools and teaching schools across the region in the belief that everything we do is to improve the life chances of our young people.