About Harton Partnerships

A school led self-improving education system – from Teaching Schools to Teaching School Hubs 2021-2022

Harton Academy is a large, mixed 11-18 secondary school, rated as outstanding by Ofsted in 2013. In 2011, and with a history of successful involvement in Initial Teacher Training, school-to-school support and CPD, Harton became one of the first 100 outstanding schools to be awarded Teaching School status by the Department for Education (DfE) to drive forward a school-led self -improving system.  Since this first cohort, the DFE has designated up to 750 additional teaching schools across the country.

Over the years, the Harton Teaching School Alliance has developed a flexible alliance of schools and academies across all phases, HEIs and the local authority. Under the leadership of our Executive Head Teacher, a National Leader of Education, we have collaboratively developed and delivered high quality programmes to train and support teachers and leaders at all stages of their careers. We have also led on whole school improvement programmes to secure high quality outcomes for all pupils.

Key achievements since 2011:

  • Worked in partnership with up to 20 secondary and primary schools, 2 universities and a SCITT to train over 170 new teachers with a 100% pass rate and almost 96% securing teaching positions on completion of training
  • Provided the combined equivalent of almost 3000 days of CPD in various topics to almost 1300 staff from over 400 Schools
  • Led whole-school improvement programmes for 3 North East schools and provided teaching and learning support to a further eight schools
  • Designated 30 Specialist Leaders of Education and 2 Regional System Leaders to provide support and training for schools
  • Trained almost 700 Specialist Leaders of Education, designated by teaching schools across our region
  • In 2018, appointed Regional Lead School for Teacher Subject Specialism Training in Maths, Physics and MFL (TSST) by the DfE to lead and coordinate ten schools to provide training for over 500 non-specialists across our region
  • Have driven forward the work of all the region’s teaching schools through the All North Teaching Schools network

From September 2021 and as a further development of the school-led self-improving system, the new DfE Teaching School Hub Programme will replace the 750 teaching schools with a network of 87 Teaching School Hubs. These new Teaching School Hubs will take responsibility to ensure that high-quality, high impact professional development is available to all teachers and leaders at whatever stage in their career and are expected to play a significant role in delivering:

Designated hubs in the North East will comprise of:

Lead School Area Website
King Edward VI School, Morpeth Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland https://kevi.the3rivers.net
Benedict Biscop Primary School, Sunderland Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland www.benedictbiscopacademy.co.uk
Teesdale School, Barnard Castle Durham www.teesdaleschool.co.uk
St John Vianney Primary School, Hartlepool Tees Valley www.sjvschool.co.uk

Harton Academy will continue to provide its highly successful Initial Teacher Training programme Teach North East and is committed to continuing to provide high quality support and training to the schools and pupils across the region. We will work in partnership within this new Teaching School Hub delivery network to ensure schools continue to receive the support and training needed. We will also ensure that Harton Academy staff and students continue to access only the highest of quality training and support.