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St Thomas of Canterbury School has been selected to become a National Teaching School.

Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.  St Thomas of Canterbury School is one of 61 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.

Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are all rated as “outstanding”.  They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.  They raise standards through supporting other schools, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Andrew Truby

Andrew Truby

Andrew Truby, Headmaster of the school and a National Leader of Education, said, “I am passionate about children’s learning and improving lives and this primary led teaching school is going to play a major part in improving education both in Sheffield LA and across the Diocese of Hallam.  As a National Support School, St Thomas of Canterbury is committed to providing high quality support to schools so that every child has access to a great school.  An exciting aspect of our work will be working with our strategic partners to train the outstanding teachers of the future.”

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme.

Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching, said, “St Thomas of Canterbury School 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 more than 650 Teaching Schools around the country.  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.”