Teaching schools’ ‘movement’ has lost its way

Schools were successful in building bridges of mutual support in a ‘self-improving system’, but this has been hijacked by the big beasts, says Richard Steward

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In November 2010, the government’s schools White Paper proposed a new national network of teaching schools, modelled on the concept of teaching hospitals. The National College, working closely with the Training and Development Agency for Schools, was asked to lead on developing the teaching schools model, and to implement methods of designation and quality assurance. More than 100 teaching schools were designated in the first cohort with a further 100 added in April 2012. The intention was to build up to about 500, but the project proved so popular with schools that more than 800 are currently ...

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