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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College


Sir Jonathan North chosen to help train the next generation of teachers

June 2017


Sir Jonathan North has been selected to become a national teaching 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 to bring about school improvement, and work with schools across their teaching school alliance to raise standards of teaching. 

Sir Jonathan North is one of over 65 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest recruitment round.

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide 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, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful head teachers.

Alison Merrills, Principal of Sir Jonathan North said ‘We are delighted to be recognised in this way.  We already have an established track record of working in partnership with other schools and developing teachers and leaders and look forward to expanding our work in this area.’

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the appointment of teaching schools and the quality of the teaching schools programme. There are now 750 teaching schools across England.

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

“I’d like to congratulate Sir Jonathan North – they should be very proud of this achievement.

“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.”

There are three elements to the teaching school role:

  • co-ordinating and delivering high quality school-based ITT

  • providing high quality school-to-school support to spread excellent practice, particularly to schools that need it most

  • providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network.

We see this as an opportunity for collaboration and are looking for schools to join our alliance. Please contact for more information.