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Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle has been selected to become a national teaching school

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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Painsley Catholic College has been selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become a national teaching school.

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

Painsley, in Station Road, Cheadle, was one of 200 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest designation round.

A spokesman at Painsley said: "Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated as 'outstanding' and mark a shift towards school-centred training.

"They work with partner schools in an alliance, including at least one university, 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."

Stephen Bell, Principal, said: "I am delighted that Painsley has been given the honour of Teaching School Status.

"Staff development is at the heart of a successful education system and we look forward to offering even more professional development opportunities to our own staff, colleagues in the Painsley Multi-Academy and professionals from other schools.

"Anne Maingay, Assistant Principal, leads professional development at Painsley and I am delighted that her excellent work has been recognised by NCTL."

NCTL has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme.

Charlie Taylor, NCTL Chief Executive, said: "Painsley Catholic College should be very proud of their teaching school status.

"It recognises the school's outstanding performance and its track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.

"There are now more than 500 designated teaching schools around the country with more to follow.

"In an increasingly school-led system, they are leading the way in training new teachers and helping existing teachers develop their skills – ensuring we'll have the best people teaching our children for generations to come."

Staff from the successful schools will attend a formal induction led by the Teaching Schools Council this month.

The Teaching Schools Council, made up of teaching school headteachers, represents all teaching schools.

For more information about the programme visit the website www.education.gov.uk/nationalcollege.

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