The Town End Teaching School Alliance has been in existence since 2012. As it moves forward, we are building on the success of the Teaching School encouraging greater participation. Town End Teaching School is a fantastic facility which focuses on offering school-to-school support, workforce development and initial teacher training activities.
The Teaching School benefits from a range of strategic partnerships and is able to offer a range of training opportunities. One example is the Teaching School’s involvement in the Education Endowment Fund’s project following a successful bid. This would include research around effective literacy, early years elements, speech & language, reading comprehension and writing. There was a successful launch event on 21st September 2017 aimed at Headteachers and literacy leads. This is being organised in conjunction with Durham University.
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) activities are also a central part of the Teaching School. This is organised in partnership with the University of Northumbria. The ITT programme offered schools an opportunity to host a student teacher for four days per week and they would receive a grant for hosting them. It is therefore a great opportunity for schools and the Teaching School has seen very high success rates in the ITT programme.