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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 partnership of six teaching schools in Bradford.

St Edmund’s became a School Centre for Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in 2014. We train typically around 70-80, primary and secondary school student teachers each year. Our trainees go onto work in schools in the Bradford area. 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 100 schools – nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and academies across Bradford. Our alliance has grown considerably over the years. While St Edmund’s is the lead school, our Alliance is very much focused on school improvement via collaboration and cooperation. Much of our School improvement work is the result of major commissions from the DFE. 

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