The Department for Education has announced its plans to run a teaching school hubs ‘test-and-learn’ phase. This is the first part of the Department’s plans to review the current structure of system leadership and builds on the government’s first-ever integrated recruitment and retention strategy, launched in January this year.
The Department is looking for up to nine high-achieving lead schools, in up to nine areas of the country to take responsibility for delivering high-quality school improvement services at scale. They will do this through also sourcing the best specialist support available through locally recognised high-quality providers.
Where the prospective teaching school hub is an academy, it may seek to have its MAT formally recognised alongside the designated school.
The new Teaching School Hubs will have considerable freedom in shaping the delivery of their school improvement offer and each teaching school hub is expected to provide support to around 200 to 300 local schools in three core areas: school-to-school-support; continuing professional development (CPD) including workforce development at all career stages – and teacher recruitment and retention.
A prospectus and application form can be downloaded from Contracts Finder.
The deadline for applications is noon on 26 July.
Experiences from the ‘test-and-learn’ phase will be used to inform decisions about any future Teaching School Hubs policy.
First published 05 June 2019