The self-improving school-led system is at the heart of the government's vision for education in England. Simply put, this means that schools are being empowered to make decisions about how to improve and to work collaboratively to support each other to do so.

What is the Teaching School Council?

The Teaching School Council (TSC) is a national body representing all Teaching Schools in England. The Council is made up of 20 elected members with either a national or regional remit, who direct and shape the work of Teaching Schools through discussion with government ministers and senior officials.

You can find out more about the Council and their remit here.

What is a Teaching School?

There are currently approximately 800 Teaching Schools across the country. These are outstanding schools which have been nationally recognised for their capacity to support and help other schools to improve outcomes through:

  • the delivery of high quality, evidence-based CPD
  • the recruitment and training of new teachers
  • the sharing of their best leaders to coach and mentor staff in other schools

You can find out more about Teaching Schools and what they do here.

Regional Infrastructure

Teaching Schools operate across eight regions, matched to those of the Regional Schools Commissioner.

Each region holds its own strategy board meetings attended by representatives of each local authority area where key priorities for the Council are shared, consulted on and discussed. These representatives meet in turn with other Teaching Schools from their sub-region to ensure there is engagement with all Teaching Schools nationally.

Additionally, each region is divided into approximately four smaller areas known as Sub-Regional Improvement Boards (SRIBs). These Boards meet regularly to identify key priorities for school improvement in their area, accessing funding and support to tackle the issues facing the schools in the most challenging contexts.

You can find out more about the eight TSC regions here.