The Department for Education has today announced its national network of 81 new teaching school hubs (TSH), which will include several United Learning academies. These hubs will provide high-quality professional development to teachers at all stages of their careers – from initial teacher training (ITT) and early careers support to national professional qualifications (NPQ).
The new programme, which was announced in 2019, will replace the previous network of around 750 teaching schools. The 81 new hubs will be rolled out in addition to six existing test and learn TSH, meaning that every school in England will now have access to a local centre of excellence for teacher training.
Each hub, all of which will be operational and helping schools from this September, will have its own defined geographical patch and will be expected to be accessible to all schools within that area, serving on average around 250 schools each.
Among those announced today is Paddington Academy, which will cover the North West London area (NWLSC3), building on its long and successful track record as a school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) provider. In addition, Glenmoor Academy will be the teaching school hub for Swindon and parts of Wiltshire (SW7). Glenmoor will lead this hub in collaboration with Swindon Academy and will work to develop and deliver training and practical support alongside 326 local schools and other partners within this area.
The Group is also pleased to be supporting the Rosebery School Hub and GLF Schools multi-academy trust in West Sussex (SESL4), which will involve collaboration with our nearby schools. Similarly, in Cambridge (EENEL1), our Parkside Community College is one of the partners in the Cambridge Teaching Schools consortium hub.
Sir Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning, said:
“The past year has demonstrated the innovation and impact that can come from collaboration across the teaching sector – from the sharing of best practice in remote learning to the creation of some outstanding resources as part of the Oak National Academy effort. As a Group, we have always advocated for shared working to drive continuous improvement and this sits at the heart of our own approach to professional development. It is gratifying, therefore, to see several of our schools named as part of the teaching school hubs and to be able to build on their existing expertise, alongside broader colleagues and partners, for the benefit of all children and young people in their region.”
Katie Gillam, Principal of Paddington Academy, said:
“We are delighted to be named as the designated teaching school hub for North West London. We are looking forward to forming partnerships with schools across our region to train and develop our teachers and leaders at an exciting time for teacher training.”
Stuart Ingram, Executive Principal of Glenmoor Academy, added:
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to build on our team’s strengths in teacher development and our open and collaborative approach to continuous improvement. As hub lead in Swindon, we are excited to work with teaching colleagues across the region to grow skills, knowledge and ideas and ultimately ensure we are delivering the best we can for local students.”