Two Local Primary Schools Chosen as Part of STEP to Help Train the Next Generation of Teachers

Gaddesby Primary School and Thrussington C of E Primary School have been selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become National Teaching Schools and will lead the STEP Teaching School Alliance.

Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential, providing support for other schools and raising standards.

Gaddesby and Thrussington were two of only 200 schools in England to be granted Teaching School status in the latest designation round.

Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are all rated as ‘outstanding’ and mark a shift towards school-centred training. They work with partner schools in an alliance, including at least one university, to ensure high quality, school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.

They raise standards through school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Gareth Nelmes, Headteacher of Gaddesby Primary School who will be heading up the STEP Teaching School Alliance together with the Headteacher of Thrussington Primary School, Liz Moore, said: “This is an exciting new development for schools within the STEP partnership, it means that we will be at the forefront of new developments in teaching practice and we will be able to use our expertise to support other primary schools in Leicestershire and neighbouring counties.”

The NCTL, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, has responsibility for the designation and quality of the Teaching Schools’ programme.

Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of The NCTL, said: “STEP should be very proud of their teaching school status. It recognises their schools’ outstanding performance and track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.

There are now more than 500 designated Teaching Schools around the country with more to follow. In an increasingly school-led system, they are leading the way in training new teachers and helping existing teachers develop their skills – ensuring we’ll have the best people teaching our children for generations to come.”

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