About Us

The Outwood Institute of Education is a network offering professional learning, initial teacher training and school to school support across the North of England. 

The network consists of six teaching schools, a Maths Hub, an English Hub, three School Direct providers, two national support schools and an appropriate body. These organisations work together to form the Outwood Institute of Education and work to support schools to improve outcomes for young people across the North of England.

The OIE originated from the Outwood Teaching School Alliance, which was established in 2011 when Outwood Grange Academy, in Wakefield, was designated one of the first national teaching schools. Between 2011 and 2014, a further three teaching schools joined alliance.

When Outwood Grange Academy was designated as a National Maths Hub in 2014 the Yorkshire and Humber Maths Hub was created. The Maths Hub joined the Outwood Teaching School Alliance to form the Outwood Institute of Education. This has since grown to now include the following organisations and is located in two bespoke training and conference centres in Doncaster and Middlesbrough.

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This network work with a range of strategic partners and alliance members to form a hub of professional learning, initial teacher training and school to school support for the North of England. Below is an overview of the core purpose and remit of each organisation that forms the OIE. Full information on their work can be found on their relevant webpage.

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The Outwood Teaching Schools

Teaching schools are centres of excellence that play an important and leading role in school improvement. The OIE is a cross-phase, multi-teaching school alliance with over 70 members. Teaching schools prioritise: co-ordinating and providing high-quality school-led initial teacher training, providing high-quality school-to-school support to spread excellent practice, particularly to schools that need it most and providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teacher and leaders across their network. Our Teaching Schools include:

Outwood Grange Academy, Wakefield

Outwood Primary Academy Kirkhamgate, Wakefield

Outwood Academy Portland, Worksop

Outwood Academy Ripon, Ripon

Outwood Academy Adwick, Doncaster

Outwood Academy Acklam, Middlesbrough

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The Yorkshire and the Humber Maths Hub

The Maths Hub programme brings together all mathematics education professionals in a national network of hubs. Each hub is locally led by an Outstanding school or college, working in partnership with neighbouring schools, colleges, universities, CPD providers, maths experts and employers. The leading school for the Yorkshire and the Humber Maths Hub is Outwood Grange Academy, Wakefield.

All the hubs collaborate as a national group, pooling experiences, expertise and ideas as a network, meeting once a term at the National Maths Hubs Forum.

The Yorkshire and the Humber Maths Hub is led by the OIE, working with key strategic partners. The Maths Hubs are a new way of harnessing the maths expertise within an area, and to spread excellent practice for the benefit of all pupils and students.

Visit: www.mathshub.outwood.com

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The Outwood English Hub

The English Hub programme was launched in October 2018 when the Department for Education announced the names of 32 schools across England that were to be designated as an English Hub.

The purpose of the English Hubs is to promote a love of reading and to take a leading role in supporting schools in the teaching of early reading and phonics. English Hubs will run events to showcase excellent practice in teaching reading to local schools.

One of the 32 initial English Hubs was based Outwood Primary Academy Lofthouse Gate, and this Hub is led by the OIE.

Visit: www.englishhub.outwood.com

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Teach North School Direct Programme

We are proud to partner with Durham University, Leeds Beckett University and Sheffield Hallam University to deliver excellent teacher training across the North of England. The OIE’s School Direct programme strives to develop, support and celebrate excellent trainee teachers who are well prepared for the profession. Our trainees work alongside innovative, ambitious and student-focused teachers who are passionate about raising standards and transforming lives.

All of our courses result in a PGCE with QTS and we offer training for both primary and secondary teachers.

Visit: www.teachnorth.com

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The Appropriate Body

An Appropriate Body supports the induction of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) in all schools and settings. The appointment of an Appropriate Body is a statutory requirement for the induction period for all NQTs. It is the Appropriate Body that makes the final decision as to whether an NQT has met the Teachers’ Standards on the recommendation of the head teacher/Principal in the school where they work. They also offer support and professional development for NQTs throughout their induction period.

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National Support Schools

National Support School status is given to a school if it employs a National Leader of Education (NLE). NLEs are outstanding head teachers or principals who use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs and support schools work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards. Our National Support Schools include:

Outwood Academy Foxhills, Scunthorpe

Outwood Academy Bydales, Redcar and Cleveland