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Teaching School – Ignite

We are delighted to announce that we are part of the Ignite Teaching School Alliance with Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth.

National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCLT) gave accreditation to Ormiston Venture Academy’s bid to become Norfolk’s first secondary National Teaching School. Victory will work alongside Venture to provide training for teaching and support staff both locally and nationally. 

The National Teaching School programme is a Government initiative, marking a shift towards school-centred training and development. To be designated a Teaching School it is essential for the applicant school to be judged outstanding by Ofsted, have consistently outstanding results and demonstrate a history of collaborating with other schools to secure pupil improvements. 

Background information:

What are teaching schools?

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.

To become a teaching school a school needs to:

  • Have an outstanding rating from Ofsted
  • Provide evidence of successful partnerships
  • Show excellent leadership with a proven track record of school improvement
  • Have an outstanding head teacher with at least three years’ experience
  • Have a leadership team with the capacity to lead the six core areas of the teaching school role.

Teach school status is open to all schools in England regardless of type or phase. The accreditation is for four years providing eligibility criteria are maintained.

Teaching school alliances:

Teach 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. Strategic partners may include:

  • Other schools from any phase or sector
  • Universities
  • Academy chains
  • Local authorities
  • Dioceses
  • Private Sector Organisations

The mission of a teaching school:

  • Better results for pupils
  • Fewer poorly performing schools
  • More good and outstanding schools
  • A self-improving and sustainable system

There are six core areas of responsibility for teaching schools:

  • To lead the development of a school led Initial Teacher Training (ITT) system, through School Direct and in some cases by seeking full accreditation as an ITT provider
  • To lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
  • To identify and develop leadership potential
  • To provide support for other schools
  • To designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)
  • To engage in research and development activity.




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