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St Edmund’s Nursery School was designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership as a National Teaching School in April 2013. It is one of a close partnership of six teaching schools in Bradford.

St Edmund’s became a School Centre for Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in 2014. In 2014/15, we trained over 100 early years, primary and secondary school student teachers who are now working in schools in the Bradford area. We welcomed our second cohort of trainees this year. In partnership with some of Bradford best schools and most inspirational teachers, we work with Bradford’s future teachers in an entirely school-based and school-designed training programme.

Teaching Schools are outstanding schools, leading alliances of schools and academies in collaborative work around the ‘big six'.

These are:

  1. Initial Teacher Training (School Direct)
  2. The designation and deployment of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
  3. School-to-School Support
  4. CPD, including NQT induction and the Improving and Outstanding Teacher Programmes
  5. The identification and nurturing of leadership potential
  6. Research and development

St Edmund’s leads a Birth to 19 Alliance of over 50 schools – nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and academies across Bradford. We expect our alliance to grow considerably over coming years. While St Edmund’s is the lead school, our Alliance is very much focused on school improvement via collaboration and cooperation.

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