At Tidemill we strive to continually develop our own staff as well as offering support to other teachers both within England and internationally (Europe, Africa and Asia....so far). We understand the value of continued professional development and are fortunate to be able to draw upon our own talented staff to continually challenge and improve our practice as a school.

Tidemill has been and continues to be at the forefront of Initial Teacher Education. Over the years we have supported and developed Teachfirst, GTP and PGCE students with great success. We work closely with the Institute of Education, with whom we share a bespoke partnership in relation to initial teacher training.

In developing other teachers we place great importance on the practicality and relevance of our programmes. Tidemill leads a Newly Qualified Teacher Induction programme , Outstanding Teacher programme, and an Improving Teacher programme. We also have Specialist Leaders of Education and senior teachers who design and implement bespoke support packages for schools.

As a result in March 2013 we were designated a National Teaching School by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. We work with schools across London and beyond, recognising the importance of identifying and sharing best practice across a range of schools and systems.

 

What is a Teaching School?

The idea of Teaching Schools was introduced in the Schools White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, in December 2010.

The idea is loosely based on the idea of teaching hospitals, where outstanding organisations act as a ‘hub’ for training and support. The designation gives outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of school staff (from initial teacher training all the way through to senior leaders and headteachers). Teaching schools also help to raise standards by supporting other schools, and use their knowledge and experience to help shape and develop the wider education system.

Teaching Schools have six key roles, set out below. These are each intended to play an important part in improving schools and the education system.

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    • Initial Teacher Training: To play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession
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    • Professional development: To lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
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    • Growing leadership talent: To identify and develop leadership potential
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  • Support for other schools: To identify and help schools that need support
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  • Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs): To designate and broker SLEs
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  • Research and development: To identify best practice and to develop new ideas and strategies.

 

More information will be added to this section of the website soon.
For further information about Tidemill’s role in any of the above areas contact admin@tidemill.lewisham.sch.uk who will forward your query to the relevant member of staff.