A Morpeth school has been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers.
King Edward VI School has been selected to become a National Teaching School, taking a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.
It is one of 52 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.
Executive headteacher Simon Taylor said: “We have successfully worked with many local schools over recent years and such relationships have always been mutually beneficial.
“We are, therefore, delighted to be recognised as a teaching school, so that we can continue to share expertise and support the training of new teachers into the profession.”
Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated as ‘outstanding’.
They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.
They raise standards through supporting other schools, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme.
Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “The King Edward VI School should be very proud of this achievement.
“The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.”
The Three Rivers Teaching School Alliance led by KEVI is looking to recruit more than 30 school direct students to train as teachers across all phases next year.
For further information visit the school’s website at www.kevi.info