We are fortunate to be part of the Catholic Schools' Partnership (CSP). This is a partnership of 20 Catholic schools in Bradford and Keighley which have been designated as a Teaching School Alliance. Our aim is to improve the outcomes for all our children, both within the partnership and beyond, through sharing expertise and experience. We are passionate about developing every child in our care and providing excellent career development for all our staff. The CSP is committed to being a place where the Church’s mission is realised. Please do have a look at the CSP website, which will offer further information.
Teaching Schools Status
We are very proud to state that St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and the Catholic Schools Partnership has been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is a teaching school in the Catholic Schools Partnership Teaching School Alliance (CSPTSA) and has been selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become a national teaching school – an important role in raising standards. St Cuthbert's and the First Martyrs are also a teaching school within our alliance and Our Lady of Victories in Keighley is a National Support School.
Teaching Schools and Teaching School Alliances will take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.
Introduced in 2011, teaching schools mark a shift towards school-centred training. They work with partner schools in an alliance, including at least one university, to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.
They raise standards through school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.
School Direct was developed as a response to demand from schools to have greater control and influence over the training of teachers. School Direct provides the opportunity for schools or partnerships of schools to apply for Initial Teacher Training places. Our teaching schools alliance has chosen to work with Leeds Trinity University as part of the Catholic Schools Partnership. This ensures CSP schools have more control over what training is provided and how it is delivered, ensuring the best teachers are recruited where they are most needed.
Through this scheme, schools within the CSP recruit the trainees they want, and the trainees are expected to go on to teach in their school, or another school in the partnership, once qualified.