Bradford Teaching School Hub’s core functions support schools and trusts to invest in their workforce to grow, recruit, develop and retain the very best teachers, support staff and leaders. We will achieve this through a place-based approach to signposting and delivering high-quality progressive teacher development programmes that complement the internal support provided by schools and trusts. Our vision acknowledges that teacher and leader development are two of the most important forms of school improvement. We will achieve this by enhancing partnership working with schools, trusts and high-quality providers; improving the communication of opportunities with the workforce; introducing new professional learning opportunities; supporting teachers and leaders to make informed choices when selecting continuous professional development (CPD) and support; and ensuring that no school is left behind.
Designated by the Department for Education (DfE) in February 2020, Bradford Teaching School Hub, led by Copthorne Primary School and Exceed Academies Trust, supports all 206 schools in Bradford, and established partner schools and trusts beyond Bradford wishing to utilise its services, covering all phases and types of school.
The networks, events and programmes signposted and delivered by the Hub are underpinned by the DfE's Standard for Teachers' Professional Development. These include the support provided by DfE-designated curriculum hubs and the network of Research Schools. The Hub is involved in the delivery of initial teacher training via Exceed SCITT; the Early Career Framework (ECF); and the new and reformed suite of specialist and leadership National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and the New Headteacher Programme. From September 2021, it will provide an Appropriate Body (AB) service for the quality assurance of the two-year newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction.
Our purpose, strategies, ethical goal and values
Bradford Teaching School Hub’s purpose and ethical goals are shaped by Exceed Academies Trust’s members and trustees through liaison with our CEO and leadership team. These colleagues consult extensively with school leaders and staff to understand the regional and national priorities to determine the strategies to achieve the Hub’s ethical goals.
Bradford Teaching School Hub’s purpose is:
- To support schools and trusts to invest in their workforce to grow, recruit, develop and retain the very best teachers, support staff and leaders.
The Hub has three strategies:
1. Employers of choice
Bradford Teaching School Hub will signpost and deliver high-quality evidence-informed teacher development events and programmes for the school workforce to support schools and trusts to be employers of choice: able to grow, recruit, develop and retain the very best teachers, support staff and leaders in the region. Locally available offers will help schools and trusts to invest in the careers of their teachers, support staff and leaders.
2. Collaboration for success
Bradford Teaching School Hub is committed to partnership working to support schools, trusts and providers to train, recruit and retain the very best teachers in schools. It works with the Bradford for Teaching campaign to promote Bradford as a region to build a teaching career; Bradford Research School as a means of building the evidence-informed approaches to teaching and learning; curriculum hubs to signpost high-quality evidence-informed continuous professional development; initial teacher training (ITT) providers to signpost programmes for those aspiring to teach; charitable and commercial professional development providers, including those providing the Early Career Framework (ECF) and National Professional Qualifications (NPQ); and school and trust leaders to help the Hub to respond to regional need.
3. Achievement for all
Teachers shape the lives of their children and, in turn, the communities that they serve. Bradford Teaching School Hub’s strategy aligns with that of the Government. If the Hub is successful in meeting the ambitions set out in this strategy, it will help schools and trusts to attract and keep more great teachers, support staff and leaders in the region.
The Hub’s ethical goal stems from one of those of Exceed Academies Trust:
- To contribute to system-wide improvement in education
Our values underpin our approach:
"It is vital that we back our best school leaders and help them to support struggling schools so that we can continue to drive forward the high standards we are already seeing in schools across the country."
Schools Minister Lord Agnew (2020)