Mortimer Primary School was awarded National Teaching School status in May 2014. 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. Presently, there are 500 teaching schools in the UK.
“These are the schools that will blaze a trail towards a school-led system. They are the ones who will make school direct a success, transform CPD, create robust systems of school to school support and grow the best leaders. It is in these schools and their leaders that I have faith to change fundamentally, forever. Teaching schools are about what is possible”.— Charlie Taylor – Chief Executive, National College for Teaching and Leadership
In order to be eligible to apply, schools have to be able to demonstrate several features:
- 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 3 years’ experience
- have a leadership team with the capacity to lead the 6 core areas of the teaching school role
After a rigorous selection process, Mortimer Primary successfully achieved Teaching School status. We have joined with Harton Technology College in the Harton Teaching School alliance.
Steve Munby, former Chief Executive of the National College, said: “To take on this role, teaching schools need to be among the best in the country – outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school-to-school support. Over time teaching schools will harness the finest teaching talent in the profession to drive school improvement, and bring real benefits to pupils. Trainees will learn from the best teachers in action and those who want to step up to more senior leadership positions will be exposed to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school.”