Welcome to the National Forest Teaching School.

Our mission.

Our work is best explained through our mission: “Learn, Teach, Grow, Share.”  Learning is at the heart of what we do, and we work with hundreds of professionals in schools annually as they learn new classroom practice, ways of working positively with children and young people, and approaches to enable them to lead others purposefully and effectively.  As a National Teaching School, we know that the development of teaching – from aspiring teachers to outstanding classroom specialist leaders in education – is what will make the greatest difference to the educational provision and outcomes of children in our region.  Our courses, research work, and professional dialogue, all enable our teachers to teach better.  Our network is growing each year, and as it does, so the opportunities available to schools and individuals grow also.  And finally, all our partners are committed to giving generously of their expertise and experience.  We recognise that through sharing we all benefit, especially the children and communities we serve.

Key areas.

We hope that our website will give you further insight into our vision and values as well as detailed information relating to all aspects of our work. As a National Teaching School we have the responsibility to contribute both locally and nationally to the following six areas:

Leadership development

CPD (professional development)

Initial teacher training

School to school support

SLE deployment

Research and development

Our aims and objectives.

We aim to work inclusively and collaboratively, to secure the best quality teaching and learning for children and young people in the local area through a sustainable model of developing teachers and leaders.

  • To recruit and retain outstanding new entrants to the teaching profession , providing them with the highest quality training.
  • To identify and coordinate expertise from across the alliance , using the best teachers and leaders to provide high quality training and  leadership development for staff across the local area in order to support the achievement of excellence in terms of learner outcomes.
  • To recruit SLEs across a wide spectrum of subjects, phases and areas of expertise.
  • To develop capacity and be able to provide  high quality support for other schools
  • To engage in action research and development that informs and improves pedagogy and professional development across all phases
  • To ensure that our most talented people are given leadership opportunities which will strengthen schools and create future capacity.