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Varndean in Teaching School Alliance

Local schools chosen to help train the next generation of teachers.

We are delighted to announce that five local schools have been given the go-ahead from the Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership to establish a teaching school alliance.

The five schools are Blatchington Mill School, Dorothy Stringer School, Hove Park School, Steyning Grammar School and Varndean School.

Teaching schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. They identify and develop leadership potential, provide support for other schools, and work with schools across their alliance to raise standards of teaching. 

The Pavilion & Downs teaching school alliance will make a significant contribution to raising standards and improving life chances for all young people in the West Sussex and Brighton and Hove area.  The work of the Pavilion & Downs alliance will be based on partnership and collaboration with schools across West Sussex and Brighton and Hove area.

The new Pavilion & Downs teaching school alliance are part of a group of approximately 30 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all excellent schools. They work with partner schools 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. 

This allows us to develop the next generation of talented leaders – which will have a profound impact on the success of young people.

Ashley Harrold, Headteacher at Blatchington Mill School

I am excited by the opportunity this gives us to improve professional development across the schools in the alliance; it will allow all our teachers to share ideas, learn from one another and further enhance our practice, which will benefit all our students.

Richard Bradford, Headteacher at Dorothy Stringer School

We will have the opportunity to recruit the very best teachers for the maximum benefit all of young people in the Pavilion & Downs area.

Rob Reed, Headteacher at Hove Park School

Our collaborative commitment to action research and professional development underlines our determination to continually deliver excellent teaching and learning for all our students.

Nick Wergan, Headteacher at Steyning Grammar School

This is a natural extension of the close working relationship between our schools that is having a positive impact on student progress.

William Deighan, Headteacher at Varndean School

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. There are now over 700 teaching schools across England.

Teaching schools are at the heart of  school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership.