A North East school has been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers.
St Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College, in Lanchester, County Durham, is one of only 60 schools in England to become a National Teaching School in the latest round.
Teaching schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.
Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated as “outstanding” by Government watchdog, Ofsted.
They work with partner schools to ensure school-led teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.
St Bede’s head teacher Neville Harrison said: “To a large extent it is in recognition of the hard work of staff at St Bede’s to support other schools, particularly in leadership development and also through our significant role in teacher training.
“As a school we have always maintained an outward-facing and collaborative approach to many parts of school life.
“We hope to build our alliance of partner schools even further to support school improvement in the region. If schools would like to be involved or to find out more information please get in touch.”
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility with head teachers from the Teaching Schools Council for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme.
Charlie Taylor, the chief executive of NCTL, said: “St Bede’s should be very proud of this achievement.
“The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.
“There are now 600 teaching schools around the country with more to follow.
“They are at the heart of an increasingly school-led system, leading the way in improving the quality of our teachers and helping the schools in their partnership to become even better.
Like teaching hospitals, they have become centres of excellence across the country, conducting research and training teachers.”