Outwood Grange Academies Trust is proud to have six academies designated as National Teaching Schools:

- Outwood Grange Academy, Wakefield
- Outwood Primary Academy Kirkhamgate, Wakefield
- Outwood Academy Portland, Worksop
- Outwood Academy Ripon, Ripon
- Outwood Academy Adwick, Doncaster
- Outwood Academy Acklam

Together, these academies form the Outwood Institute of Education Teaching School Alliance.

Teaching schools are centres of excellence for the training and development of the team around the child: teachers, learning support assistants, administrative staff, and maintenance staff – anybody who works in an education environment.

What is a Teaching School? What is the Outwood Institute of Education? Our Vision

Outwood Institute of Education is a large, geographical spread, cross phase alliance. We currently have over seventy members of the alliance, made up of secondary schools, primary schools, special schools, a hospital school, higher education institutes, educational consultants and educational agencies.

As well as offering training and support for their alliance themselves, teaching schools are asked to identify and co-ordinate expertise from their alliance, using the best leaders and teachers to:

1. Play a greater role in training new entrants to the profession
2. Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
3. Identify and develop leadership potential
4. Provide support for other schools
5. Designate and broker Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)
6. Engage in research and development

Membership to the alliance is free and there are two types – Strategic Partners and Alliance Members. For further information about membership and how to join, please click here

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Routes into Teaching

Teaching is a rewarding, exciting and passionate career and we can help you become a member of the profession.

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Professional Development

Outwood Institute of Education offers a variety of world class professional development opportunities, including NPQH, for individuals, departments and whole staff teams.

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A Venue

The Outwood Institute of Education Conference Centre is conveniently located close to junction 38 on the A1 and provides the ideal setting for educational training and conferences. Our facilities include a conference theatre, two training rooms and a café area.

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School to School Support

Outwood Institute of Education has extensive experience in School to School Support; be it working with a National Leader of Education, Local Leader of Education or Specialist Leader of Education.

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