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Teaching School

What are Teaching Schools?

Teaching schools work with others to provide high-quality training and support for school improvement in their local area. Launched in 2011, there are now more than 800 teaching schools across the country. 
 
Teaching school alliances
All teaching schools form alliances between themselves, their partners and the schools they support. Partner organisations vary, but always include a higher education institution and often other schools and local authorities. Alliances are organised in a range of different ways. Some alliances have found it effective to appoint a director or other senior leader to coordinate their work.
 
Teaching schools lead in 3 areas:
•    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
 
System leaders
System leaders work beyond their own school or setting, and can be senior or middle leaders in schools or other expert practitioners. Their work might include:
•    sharing successful practice with colleagues in other schools
•    providing coaching in a specialist area
•    a formal deployment to support a school in challenging circumstances

 

There are a number of system leader roles that are designated by NCTL or teaching schools:


National leaders of education (NLE) - outstanding headteachers who, together with their national support school, work with schools in challenging circumstances


National leaders of governance (NLG) - highly effective chairs of governors who use their skills and experience to support chairs in other schools and improve the quality of governance


Specialist leaders of education (SLE) - experienced middle or senior leaders with a specialism, who work to develop other leaders  so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools


Increasingly, school-to-school-support is co-ordinated by a teaching school, as they can draw upon a range of system leaders and partners to provide a comprehensive support package individually tailored to the school in need of support. There is usually a cost for system leader support, which is negotiated between the receiver of support and the system leader or their school. There are also specific funds that teaching schools can apply for to help groups of schools or a specific locality, such as the Strategic School Improvement Fund.
 
Who do we work with?
In Rochdale, there are two teaching schools; ourselves, and Hollingworth Academy. We work together to provide a programme of professional development from pre-teaching to headship and beyond. 

 

What is our Teaching School currently doing?

  • Offering and facilitating the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL)
  • Providing accreditation to NQTs
  • Facilitating an RQT + 1 series of CPD sessions
  • Providing a pre-route to teaching programme offering salaried positions in departments to gain experience and develop subject knowledge for potential teachers.
  • We offer Teacher Subject Specialism Enhancement (TSST) for Physics and MFL. This is aimed at those teachers wishing to return to teaching after a break or non-specialists who are teaching these subjects.
  • Providing School-Based Initial Teacher Training (please contact Jen Machaj, the Director of SCITT, for more information mtsjmachaj@middtech.com http://www.rochdalepioneerspartnership.org/


Please contact Kate Davies, the Director of Teaching School, for any further information mtskdavies@middtech.com

 

Rochdale Teaching Schools: CPD Offer 2018-2019

PROGRAMME

OVERVIEW

COMMITMENT

LEAD SCHOOL

INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING

Pre-Teaching

 

Suitable for those interested in gaining experience prior to training as a teacher.

 

Paid role within key departments to gain experience of a school setting for one year.

 

One year, paid placement supporting a department in order to prepare to embark on a place within the SCITT.

 

Middleton Technology School

Initial Teacher Training

 

 

School Centred Initial Teacher Training. Applications through UCAS.  Both salaried and non-salaried routes are available.

 

One year training with PGCE.

Pioneers Partnership SCITT based at Middleton Technology School

EARLY CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Newly Qualified Teacher Development

 

Support for teachers throughout their NQT year.

 

 

On-going professional development for NQTs delivered by Rochdale High Schools.

 

Twilights throughout the academic year.

The REAL Trust with Kingsway Park High School

Recently Qualified Teacher Development

 

A network for teachers throughout their NQT +1 year.

 

An on-going professional network directed by its members.

 

Twilight sessions throughout the year.

The REAL Trust with Kingsway Park High School

Recently Qualified Teacher + 1 Teacher Development

 

A programme of CPD to develop teachers in their NQT +2 year.

 

A programme to develop pedagogy and practice as staff gain confidence in the classroom. Sessions will include:

  • Developing Mentoring Skills
  • Action research projects
  • Co-operative Learning
  • Work-life balance

 

 

Six twilight sessions.

Middleton Technology School

Teacher Subject Specialism Training

Secondary MFL & Physics

The Teacher Subject Specialism Training is designed to support non-specialists who are already teaching Physics or MFL or those returning to teach these subjects. Through a range of blended learning opportunities, face-to-face and online, participants will develop subject knowledge and pedagogy.

A combination of twilights (4pm – 6pm) and full days throughout the academic year depending on the subject area.

Middleton Technology School

Teacher Subject Specialism Training Secondary Maths

The Teacher Subject Specialism Training is designed to support non-specialists who are already teaching Maths in secondary schools or are interested in teaching Maths. Through a range of blended learning opportunities; face to face and online, participants will develop subject knowledge and pedagogy. Delegates will receive a recognised qualification.

Eight 3-hour sessions. Mainly 4-7pm. Several sessions will be in the school day to allow opportunity for participants to see lessons.

Hollingworth Academy

 

PROGRAMME

OVERVIEW

COMMITMENT

LEAD SCHOOL

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Leaders of Tomorrow

 

Suitable for those teachers in the first 5 years of their career who are either starting a leadership position or are preparing to apply for a leadership position.

A programme of leadership development aimed at those considering their first steps into school leadership. As part of the programme you will:

  • Explore your leadership competencies
  • Develop communication skills for leadership
  • Explore your ‘Mental Toughness’ and how you can develop this
  • Visit a partner school

 

Four twilight sessions with one day spent visiting a partner school.

Hollingworth Academy

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

 

Suitable for both those new to middle leadership and aspiring middle leaders looking for further development.

 

The main focus of this programme is to ensure that all participants increase their confidence, capability and impact as a middle leader. The course will empower participants to pro-actively develop a strong network to support them in their first steps in leadership.

Participants will be assessed through a written assignment to ensure that they have reached the qualification requirements plus a viva interview.

 

The programme will comprise of six half-day sessions.

Hollingworth Academy

Aspiring Specialist Leaders of Education

 

Suitable for experienced middle and senior leaders with an excellent track record.

A programme to develop the skills of those teachers who aspire to become Specialist Leaders of Education and work with other schools to improve provision and outcomes for pupils.

 

Two twilight sessions.

Hollingworth Academy

National Professional Qualification of Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

 

Suitable for senior leaders and high-potential middle leaders looking for further leadership development.

 

The main focus of this programme is the participant’s own leadership development, including how to make best use of tasks and tools to make the transition to senior leadership.

Participants will be assessed through a written assignment to ensure that they have reached the qualification requirements plus a viva interview.

The training sessions will develop skills in relation to the following core areas of the NPQSL:

  • Self-development and stepping up into senior leadership
  • Strategic leadership using data.
  • Leadership of whole-school CPD
  • Teaching and learning improvements
  • Horizon scanning and looking to the future

 

The programme will consist of a combination of five full-day sessions spread throughout the course of a school year, along with pre- and post-reading, an in-school impact project and a viva interview.

Middleton Technology School

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