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Keystone Teaching School is based at Bourne Westfield Primary Academy in Bourne, South Lincolnshire. It is one of 8 Teaching Schools who work closely together across the county as part of Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together (LTT) in order to improve outcomes for young people.

As a Teaching School our focus is to understand the needs of our local schools and to respond by identifying, developing and co-ordinating school-based expertise which can be shared widely. Teaching and learning becomes more successful and in turn improves the lives of the pupils in our schools.

Keystone has developed close working relationships with mainly South Lincolnshire schools, however works across the whole county.  We utilise the strengths of our partners and team to share good practice across a range of strategies, such as Initial Teaching Training and School to School Support.

Keystone provides a personal, professional and friendly approach to all schools.

Teaching Schools

Teaching schools are good or outstanding schools that play an important role in a school-led system, working with others to provide high-quality training and support for school improvement in their local area. Launched in 2011, there are now more than 800 teaching schools across the country and their role includes:

  • co-ordinating and delivering high-quality, school-based initial teacher training (ITT)
  • spreading excellent practice by supporting other schools, particularly those that need it the most
  • providing professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network

Teaching schools play a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where:

  • trainee teachers learn from the best teachers, supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring
  • professional development is school-based and classroom focused – teachers, support staff and leaders improve through exposure to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school, through observation, mentoring, coaching, practice, reflection and sharing with peers
  • talent development and distributed leadership are the norm – staff demonstrating potential are encouraged to lead and are given structured and stretching opportunities to grow and develop
  • leaders have local knowledge and can identify where key resources and expertise lie

To become a teaching school, a school must be judged at least good in their most recent Ofsted inspection and have a proven track record of delivering ITT and supporting other schools.

Teaching School Alliances

All teaching schools form alliances between themselves, their partners and the schools they support. Partner organisations vary but often include a higher education institution, other schools and local authorities. Their strength lies in all of the schools and staff in the alliance and the skills and experience they bring. The structure of alliances varies depending on the local situation: some are led by a single school, others by multiple schools or partnerships.

For more information, please follow the link:

www.gov.uk/guidance/system-leaders-who-they-are-and-what-they-do

Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together (LTT)

Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together (LTT) is a coalition of 8 Lincolnshire Teaching Schools committed to developing a self-improving school-led system in Lincolnshire.

Across the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and Humber Region, Teaching Schools are working together to build a sustainable impactful partnership. Locally this can be seen through the work of LTT – Lincolnshire Teaching School Together.

LTT began in 2015 when a group of teaching school leaders in Lincolnshire began to work collaboratively. We discovered that we had so much to learn from one another, and that together we were able to offer so much more to Lincolnshire schools.

For more information, please follow the link:

http://www.lincolnshireteachingschoolstogether.co.uk/

Meet The Team

Helen Ackrill

Helen Ackrill

Director of Teaching School,
Primary SCITT Manager and LA KS2 Lead Moderator

helen.ackrill@keystoneteaching.org.uk

Denise Parker

Denise Parker

Strategic Lead, NQT Manager

denise.parker@keystoneteaching.org.uk

Gill Arnold

Gill Arnold