Teaching School


We are part of Cheshire Inclusive Teaching Alliance which is a group of four Special Schools who work collaboratively to improve the outcomes of all pupils with Special Educational Needs.

Teaching schools are part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to enable schools to take increasing responsibility for training teachers and driving forward professional practice to improve the attainment for every child.

Teaching schools will play a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where:

  • trainee teachers learn from the best teachers, supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring
  • professional development is school-based and classroom focused – teachers, support staff and leaders improve through exposure to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school, through observation, mentoring, coaching, practice, reflection and sharing with peers
  • talent development and distributed leadership are the norm – staff demonstrating potential are encouraged to lead and are given structured and stretching opportunities to grow and develop
  • leaders have local knowledge and can identify where key resources and expertise lie


As well as offering training and support, teaching schools will identify and co-ordinate expertise in partner schools, using the best leaders and teachers to play a greater role in:

  1. leading peer-to-peer professional and leadership development (continuing professional development)
  2. identifying and developing leadership potential
  3. providing support for other schools
  4. designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)
  5. engage in research and development activity
  6. recruiting and training new entrants to the profession (initial teacher training



Hebden Green School, Woodford Lane West, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 4EJ

Tel: 01606 594221 | admin@hebdengreen.cheshire.sch.uk