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Teaching School

Holy Family School was designated as a teaching School in July 2015 along with Cronton CE School. Both schools have formed an alliance called Knowsley First Teaching School Alliance.

What is a Teaching School and what work is undertaken by a Teaching School?

Teaching schools have an important role to play in a school-led system and in school improvement. Teaching schools are centres of excellence, taking on a more focused role that prioritises:
• Co-ordinating and delivering high quality school-based initial teacher training (ITT)
• Providing high quality school-to-school support to spread excellent practice, particularly to schools that need it most
• Providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network
In addition, teaching schools play a role as brokerage hubs for other system leaders, co-ordinating the supply and activity of national leaders of education (NLEs), national leaders of governance (NLGs) and specialist leaders of education (SLEs). They help prevent underperformance by supporting vulnerable schools and, where needed, help tackle underperformance in coasting schools and lead improvement in good schools.

As a teaching school, we are remitted to focus our work on three key areas:

• Initial Teacher Training
• School to School Support
• Continued Professional and Leadership Development (CPLD)


In order to ensure credibility and high impact we must adhere to requirements set by NCTL and co-operate with necessary reporting processes.

Continuous improvement

We are required to pursue continuous improvement supported by the peer review process in order to develop and achieve/sustain maturity of provision.

If you are interested in finding out more about Knowsley First Teaching School Alliance please click on the link below.

Knowsley First Teaching School Alliance

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