Specialist school’s national selection

A Blyth school has been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers.

The Dales Specialist School has been selected as one of only 60 schools in England to become a National Teaching School.

Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are all rated as “outstanding”, and 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.

The chosen schools work to 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 head teachers.

The Dales head teacher, Hugh Steele, said: “This is both a tremendous accolade and an opportunity for our school.

“It is recognition of our continuing hard work to provide high quality learning opportunities for our children, and also, the work we do in support of other colleagues and schools to develop professional knowledge and skills.”

Roger Edwardson, head of Northumberland Education Service, added: “The Local Authority is pleased to support The Dales Specialist School in Blyth having gained Teaching School Status.

“We are particularly pleased that this Outstanding Specialist School has been recognised for its contribution in meeting the needs of our children and young people in Northumberland.”