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What are Training Schools?
Training Schools are centres of excellence for training and act as leaders in adult learning and the transfer of skills. They provide high quality professional development and contribute to supporting the whole school workforce through providing a balance of training programmes that are personalised, relevant and have a direct impact on Learning and Teaching. Training Schools support the training of colleagues joining the profession and model good practice to complement professional standards such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is also expected that Training Schools extend their good practice as an advocate and advisor for education and training, both locally and nationally.

Training Schools should demonstrate the impact of their training experiences. This will be seen in the spread of work with other schools and through explicit links with initial teacher training providers, local authorities and related agencies. Training Schools should show that high quality professional development for the whole staff leads to innovative approaches to learning. The role of Training School is an integral part of the school's development plan and should be supported by evidence from research, much of which will be undertaken by the school itself.

The TDA's (Training and Development Agency) expanded remit is replicated by the support given by Training Schools to develop the whole school workforce. The TDA has been identified as a key partner in transforming the school workforce and it is expected that Training Schools will be a key agent for change, within this process. The Training School programme is jointly managed by the DCSF (Department for Children Schools and Families) and the TDA. The Department has policy lead whilst the TDA manages the operational support for Training Schools.

Training School Presentation - 21 October 2008


Huntington School

Huntington School became a Training School in 2008. We believe our specialist school designations will support Huntington School's current developmental direction. The direction for future change is the new Core Purpose 'To inspire confident learners who will thrive in a changing world.' We are all learners, especially the staff. We want to encourage risk taking in our quest to improve learning and teaching for the benefit of all learners, as well as promoting and establishing the notion of life long learning.

Our Partners 
• University of York
• Ripon and York St. John
• Training and Development Unit
• LA Schools
• Learning City York
• York College
• Open University
• University of Leeds
• Sheffield Hallam University
• Training and Development Agency
• Bradford College

Jargon Key
• PGCE - Post Graduate Certificate of Education
• HEI - Higher Education Institution
• CPD - Continuing Professional Development
• NQT - Newly Qualified Teacher
• ITT - Initial Teacher Training
• ECT - Early Career Teacher
• TA - Teacher Assistant
• VLE - Virtual Learning Environment
• TDA - Training Development Agency
• NYBEP - Business and Education Partnership for York and NORTH Yorkshire)
• NCSL - National College for School Leadership


The Benefits
• Clear focus on learning and teaching
• High Quality CPD for all staff
• Significant additional funding leading to improved resources for the whole community
• Effective and productive partnerships with HEI's, professional organisations and other schools
• To be at the forefront of educational and technological initiatives
• Leading the development of the new Diplomas in York with the establishment of a Creative and Media Diploma Champion
• PGCE placements to approximately 20 students each year from several HEI's
• Open Schools Day experiences for those considering a school based career
• Opportunities for staff and pupils to be involved in interviewing for new appointments to the school
• Opportunities for teachers to be involved in delivering tutorials and seminars to trainees working in HEI's
• Supporting middle leaders in developing their skills through the NCSL programmes such as Leadership Pathways
• Opportunities for staff to participate in research projects (such as paired placement for ITT and assessing the impact of CPD on pupils learning)
• Training and supporting colleagues in other schools (such as the work of the Diploma Champion)
• Developing stronger links as part of the Northern Cluster in York (along with Joseph Rowntree School and Canon Lee School)
• Training for ITT mentoring
• NQT programme of training
• Career long training and support for all Huntington School staff
• ICT training programme for all staff
• Professional Development Entitlement for all staff
• A programme of coaching for all staff