The Big 6

Teaching Schools have six key roles to deliver, known as the ‘Big 6’. These are to:

1. Initial Teacher Training Play a greater role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession.Mortimer Teaching School are now a lead primary trainer. Working with our alliance partners and in conjunction with Northumbria University, we now offer PGCE School Direct training, for graduates wishing to pursue a career in primary teaching. Click here for more information. 

2.Continuing Professional Development Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership developmentMortimer Teaching School has led CDP in implementing the new  National Curriculum. We have set up working parties across our alliance in Mathematics, Literacy, Science and Computing. Along with Harton Teaching School, we have delivered a course on Level 6 Maths.

3.Succession Planning and Talent Management Identify and develop leadership potentialSeveral of our teachers have completed a ‘Succession Planning and Talent Management’ programme run through Harton Teaching School. From this, one teacher has had her work published nationally in the  Early Years Educator magazine.

4.School to School Support Provide support for other schoolsMortimer Primary School as a teaching school is now responsible for the brokering of National Leaders of Education (NLE) and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) both across our alliance and beyond to further support the raising of standards in education. Deployments have aleady been provided to schools across the region.

5. SLE’s Specialist leaders of education are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have leadership experience in a particular specialism.Their role is to support individuals or teams in other schools. They help others achieve outstanding leadership in their area of specialism. Mortimer Teaching School currently has five SLE’s. Three based at Mortimer Primary School and two based at other schools. (See SLE Directory) Alongside Harton Teaching School, we can offer specialist teachers in a range of subjects and age phases.

6. Research and Development  Engage in Research and Development. Mortimer Primary School has recently become involved in research into Growth Mindsets. We have established an action programme with six staff members. The research will take place during the academic year with feedback and results delivered in the summer term.