Teaching School

Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system

The Blue Coat School became a National Teaching School and National Support School in 2013. As a National Teaching school, Blue Coat has established the Northern Alliance. 15 partner schools including secondary, primary, tertiary and special schools from 6 Local Authority areas have signed the Alliance’s Memorandum of Understanding.

The Alliance has made a significant contribution to systems leadership and has established and managed several successful curriculum networks for Oldham schools and the Alliance members. These are strategic networks for middle leaders who lead on curriculum and subject pedagogy. They focus on developing both the material and resources for the new specifications, and how to teach them well, drawing on informed practice and the experience and insight of subject leaders. They are led by experienced SLEs who have a track record of improving teaching and outcomes in their own schools, and who are committed to working collaboratively to build the best provision for all the young people in our schools. All subject leaders are welcome – and all are expected to contribute! These are working groups with a clear focus and a long-term plan.

By working collaboratively, we manage and reduce work load. And we have the scale to bring in expert and specialist advice.

Currently there are networks for English, Geography, Science and History. A Modern Languages network is being created. A strategic network for Heads of Maths will follow, working in conjunction with the North-West maths hub.

For further details please contact Mrs Stephanie Sinfield, SLE Lead email at ss@blue-coat.org

  • Initial Teacher Education via School Direct
  • Continuing Professional Education
  • Research and Development
  • The designation of Specialist Leaders of Education to build capacity for school to school support
  • An Alliance based system for leadership development
  • An extension and enrichment programme for the most able post 16 pupils and their teachers

For further detail about what curriculum networks have done, and their impact, and case studies of S2S please see our Northern Alliance Website: http://www.northern-alliance.net/