Helen Ward

‘Good’ is good enough to become a teaching school

Pilot drops requirement of ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating in a bid to spread initiative to lower-performing areas

The government has lowered the bar for schools wanting to participate in its flagship teacher training policy, TES can reveal.

Until now a school has had to be rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted before it could be designated as a teaching school.

But this summer, the National College for Teaching and Leadership started running a pilot scheme that has invited selected schools with “good” ratings to apply for teaching school status.

The pilot – run jointly with the Teaching Schools Council and regional schools commissioners (RSC) – is aimed at spreading the initiative into low-performing areas.

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