ABSTRACT

There's no going back. Partnerships as we have known them between schools and universities are changing. In England, the current Secretary of State for Education in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, Michael Gove, has instigated the repositioning of teacher education away from universities into schools. This has resulted in a myriad of initiatives including the establishment of teaching schools as part of the coalition government's stated drive to give schools more freedom and to enable schools to take increasing responsibility for managing the system of teacher training. 1 The National College of School Leadership (NCSL) was asked to develop a new national network of teaching schools modelled on teaching hospitals. The new designation offers ‘outstanding’ schools a leading role in the training and development of teachers, support staff and school Heads, with the intention of contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support.