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 Schools Council is a national body made up of 20 members (with either a national or regional remit), who lead and shape the work of over 800 Teaching Schools (outstanding schools which have been nationally recognised for their capacity to support and help other schools to improve outcomes).

We use our professional expertise and our knowledge of how schools operate to work closely with government ministers and senior officials towards our goal of ensuring that every child goes to a great school. www.tscouncil.org.uk


The roles of the Teaching School Council:

A regulatory roleA facilitating roleAn advisory role


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 Groups. These groups 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.

  • Where next for the self-improving school system?

This podcast takes a look at the direction of travel for our school-led system https://t.co/v4QpFvuhh3 “We have to be saying to Teaching Schools-work with others like you’ve never done before, because there are some challenges but we can’t solve them on our own” @AndrewWarrenUK

Started the day in Wolverhampton. Ending the day in Penrith at the comfortable @NorthLakesHotel as I get ready to share with Cumbria/North Yorkshire Teaching School colleagues tomorrow @TeachSchCouncil

A big welcome to Isabel Davis, our newly appointed national lead for the Teaching School Council for EYFS! @AndrewWarrenUK @TeachSchCouncil @ppteachingsch

Pupil Premium Reviews, done well, are one of the best things a school can do, not only for their pupils but to drive impact-focused provision for all. Check out the latest PPR Guide https://t.co/bUn5tZL3VE @AndrewWarrenUk @TeachSchCouncil @educationgovuk

Pupil Premium Reviews, done well, are one of the best things a school can do, not only for their pupils but to drive impact-focused provision for all. Check out the latest PPR Guide https://t.co/bUn5tZL3VE @AndrewWarrenUk @TeachSchCouncil @educationgovuk

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