The National Forest Teaching School (NFTS) is an alliance of secondary, primary and special schools spanning a wide geographical area from Derby and Burton on Trent through to Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield. Our schools operate in a variety of different contexts but share a common belief in the power of collaboration to bring about continuous school improvement in our local area. John Taylor High School, which is located in Barton under Needwood, is the lead school for the Alliance. As a National College Lead School for CPD we deliver the Outstanding Teacher Programme, Improving Teacher Programme and National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership programmes to teachers across the region. Our Teaching School affords staff in our partner schools numerous opportunities, whether that be participating in exciting research and development projects, involvement in training the next generation of teachers, being an SLE and supporting other schools or being able to study for a Masters-level qualification. The opportunities are limitless.
Our work is best explained through our mission: “Learn, Teach, Grow, Share.” Learning is at the heart of what we do, and we work with hundreds of professionals in schools annually as they learn new classroom practice, ways of working positively with children and young people, and approaches to enable them to lead others purposefully and effectively. As a National Teaching School, we know that the development of teaching – from aspiring teachers to outstanding classroom specialist leaders in education – is what will make the greatest difference to the educational provision and outcomes of children in our region. Our courses, research work, and professional dialogue, all enable our teachers to teach better. Our network is growing each year, and as it does, so the opportunities available to schools and individuals grow also. And finally, all our partners are committed to giving generously of their expertise and experience. We recognise that through sharing we all benefit, especially the children and communities we serve.