RSA academies to help train next generation of teachers

Three schools in the RSA Family of Academies have been selected to become National Teaching Schools as part of a new RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance.

Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.

Whitley Academy in Coventry, Holyhead School in Birmingham and Arrow Vale RSA Academy in Redditch are three 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.  The RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance will benefit all schools in the RSA Family, including the RSA Academy Tipton and Ipsley CE RSA Academy, as well as working with other local schools.

Guy Shears, Principal of Arrow Vale RSA Academy said: “I am delighted that Arrow Vale RSA Academy has been granted teaching school status as part of the RSA Academies Teaching School alliance.  This will enable us to extend and develop our work in Redditch and beyond to support teachers at all stages of their careers.”

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: “Arrow Vale RSA Academy 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.”