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Teaching Schools

Heaton Avenue is part of the Green Light Teaching Alliance which includes a number of Secondary and Primary schools throughout Kirklees. We are a National Support School (NSS) and the Headteacher, Ms Lee has been a National Leader of Education (NLE) for a number of years. As shown below we have also been designated as a Teaching School. We now also have 3 designated Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE's) - Ms Ramsden, Mrs Parkes and Mrs Hamilton.

Teaching schools have been designated to identify, develop and co-ordinate expertise for the benefit of pupils across a network of schools to achieve:

  • better results for pupils,
  • fewer poorly performing schools,
  • more good and outstanding schools,
  • a self-improving and sustainable system that contributes to the development of local succession planning arrangements to ensure a future supply of highly skilled leaders in local schools. 

The teaching school alliance directly impacts on our staff and children as it helps ensure professional development is school based and classroom focused. This will be tailored to the specific needs of staff in our school, developing their professional expertise and building their leadership skills. It allows us to develop a more reflective teaching practice, share outstanding teaching and learning, and most importantly, improve the learning opportunities for our children through collaborative research and development of educational ideas and initiatives

What does the government say about Teaching school alliances

Teaching school alliances are led by a teaching school and include schools that are benefiting from support, as well as strategic partners who lead some aspects of training and development. Strategic partners may include: other schools from any phase or sector, academy chains, local authorities, private sector organisations and/or a teaching school alliance may decide to work with other alliances to share knowledge and resources as a teaching school network.

The aims of a teaching school include:

  • School-led teacher training
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Identifying and developing leadership potential
  • Supporting other schools
  • Developing specialist leaders of education
  • Research and development

To find out more about the Green Light Teaching Alliance please click on the link below:

Green Light Teaching School Alliance website - www.greenlightalliance.org.uk

Heaton Avenue Primary School has been selected to become a National Teaching School-


Heaton Avenue Primary School was one of only 60 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.

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 school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Michelle Lee, Headteacher &National Leader of Education said:

"We are looking forward to working with a range of excellent partners to help provide first class training and support for staff in schools.”   

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:

“Heaton Avenue Primary 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."

“There are now 600 Teaching Schools around the country with more to follow. They are at the heart of an increasingly school-led system, leading the way in improving the quality of our teachers and helping the schools in their partnership to become even better. Like Teaching Hospitals, they have become centres of excellence across the country, conducting research and training teachers.”

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