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.