About us.

The National Forest Teaching School (NFTS) is an alliance of secondary, primary and special schools spanning a wide geographical area from Derby and Burton on Trent through to Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield. Our schools operate in a variety of different contexts but share a common belief in the power of collaboration to bring about continuous school improvement in our local area.

John Taylor High School.

John Taylor High School, which is located in Barton under Needwood, is the lead school for the Alliance. John Taylor High School became a National Teaching School in March 2013, and in March 2014 was again judged “outstanding” in all areas by Ofsted. In 2013 the Department for Education awarded us lead school status in the areas of Continuous Professional Development, Academies and Academy transition, and Initial Teacher Training and induction as a validation of our achievements in all of these areas. John Taylor has recently been accredited  as a  SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training )and  we offer School Direct in partnership with three local universities. As a National College Lead School for CPD we deliver the Outstanding Teacher Programme, Improving Teacher Programme and National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership programmes to teachers across the region.

John Taylor High School

Our alliance.

Our Teaching School affords staff in our partner schools numerous opportunities, whether that be participating in exciting research and development projects, involvement in training the next generation of teachers, being an SLE and supporting other schools or being able to study for a Masters-level qualification. The opportunities are limitless.

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John Taylor Teaching School Hub

Announcing John Taylor Teaching School Hub

We are pleased to announce that John Taylor has been designated as one of 11 Teaching School Hubs in the West Midlands to be operational from September 2021, serving schools in East Staffordshire, Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth. As John Taylor Teaching School Hub we will continue to offer ITE and CPD provision and we will still offer our Appropriate Body Services. In addition, we will be delivering the Early Career Framework across our region and a full suite of NPQs, including the new specialist NPQs.

We will shortly be launching our new website and will advise as soon as this is up and running. Exciting times!