Who We Are
Unity Teaching School Alliance
Unity Teaching School Alliance builds on over 20 years of partnership working between schools in the north of Solihull.
Over the last five years, a group of ten primary and special schools have formalised their collaborative working relationship to directly impact on the delivery of improved outcomes for children. This has included developing teaching and learning through targeted school to school support and the provision of high quality professional learning and development and training opportunities.
On achieving Teaching School Status in 2018, via the outstanding lead teaching school Castle Bromwich Infant and Nursery School, the Alliance has now expanded its offer to other schools in Solihull and the wider West Midlands region.
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What is 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, prioritising:
- 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 and lead improvement in good schools.