Vision & Values
At the Leicester & Leicestershire Teaching School Hub, we understand that the quality of teaching is the single biggest factor in determining pupil achievement. To this end, we support schools and trusts within our region to recruit, train, develop and retain the very best teachers, support staff and leaders working in all phases and types of schools, and at all stages of their careers.
The Teaching School Hub is the focal point of an outstanding collaborative educational community, delivering on the DfE's Recruitment and Retention Strategy (2019) for all 206 schools in Leicester City and the county districts of Blaby, Harborough and Oadby & Wigston.
At the heart of this is the Golden Thread of professional development, starting with the delivery of outstanding Initial Teacher Training (ITT), building through the new two-year Early Career Framework (ECF) for newly qualified/early career teachers (ECTs) and leading to a revised suite of leadership and specialist National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), including the Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO).
In addition, as an accredited Appropriate Body (AB), we provide a quality assurance service to schools ensuring the ECTs receive their statutory entitlement and are fairly and consistently assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. Finally, we offer a suite of other evidenced-based Continuous Professional Development programmes (CPD) suitable for the full range of the teaching workforce in our region.
In all, the Leicester & Leicestershire Teaching School Hub provides a clear pathway through, and simplified access to, high-quality professional learning opportunities that translate into positive impact for pupils.
Three values that underpin our work as a Teaching School are a commitment to…
We are a learning institution and our values and culture express our core mission to improve the lives of young people.
We have specific knowledge relating to the professional development of educators which we share to support growth.
We believe in equitable partnerships and value the diversity which exists within and beyond our region
We embrace challenges and feedback as an opportunity for growth and development.
We are abreast of policy reforms and provide programmes to support their implementation in schools.
We provide the time and space for professional networks and partnerships to flourish.
We communicate and behave in a manner which creates an environment which supports learning and professional development.
We continually reflect on and evaluate the processes we deploy to improve participant experience.
We are responsive to our participants and partners needs and adjust the support and guidance we provide.
We aim to:
- provide all schools with access to high-quality research informed CPD, which supports staff to develop at every stage of their careers
- support schools to retain and develop expertise in quality first teaching and leadership
- signpost teachers and staff to quality-assured, evidence-informed, best practice
- promote greater awareness of the Teaching School Hub activity through effective regular communication with all stakeholders in the region
- ensure that all children in our region can thrive and succeed.
Our commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and belonging
The Teaching School Hub welcomes a diverse community of staff and pupils. We seek to develop a community whose members value each other and contribute to the Teaching School Hub’s aims.
We curate an open, supportive environment where staff, partners and participants are given the support needed to realise their goals and aspirations. We seek to remove the barriers that prevent historically disadvantaged groups from realising their potential. We will treat all staff, partners, participants and applicants for employment equitably. No one will be accorded less favourable treatment because of age, disability, race, sex, sex reassignment, maternity and pregnancy, family circumstances, marital/civil partnership status, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or transsexual status.
To help us achieve this vision, we work with a range of well-respected schools and trusts within the region, as well as national providers, Curriculum Hubs, Research Schools and other highly-quality providers. This enables us to deliver effectively on the DfE’s agenda at scale whilst also maintaining a local context and addressing local needs when and where they arise.
Our Improvement Plan
Please see a copy of our current improvement attached below.