Noctua Teaching School Alliance

About Us

Teaching schools are schools that work with others to provide high quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

However, schools that apply to become teaching schools must meet certain criteria, including an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. Teaching school status is open to all schools in England, regardless of type or phase.

If your school doesn't meet the criteria, or if you simply don’t want to apply, you could consider working with us as a partner. This would involve helping Noctua Teaching School Alliance to perform aspects of its role. Other partners may include ITT providers, the local authority and dioceses.

Noctua was established in 2013 and gained designation as a teaching school in 2014.

It's made up strategic and operational partners. The strategic partners are Noctua's 'governing body', involved in communications with stakeholders such as local authorities and the National College of Teaching and Leadership. They include Tranmere Park Primary, Carr Manor Primary, Moortown Primary and Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary. Our operational partners are schools which play a key part in various aspects of our work, including school to school support. 

Other partners offer their own areas of expertise and support; these include Educate Teacher Training.