In April 2014 Weald of Kent Grammar School was selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become a national teaching school – an important role in raising standards. Teaching schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.  Weald of Kent Grammar School was one of only 200 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the designation round.

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated as “outstanding" and 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 head teachers. Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “Weald of Kent Grammar School should be very proud of their teaching school status. It recognises the school’s outstanding performance and its track record of raising standards through supporting other schools”.

Weald of Kent is the lead school in the Alliance.  The Kaizen Teaching School Alliance is comprised of a broad range of educational partners who offer proven experience accrued from working across all phases and in a variety of educational settings and contexts. Strategic Partners include Tonbridge Grammar School, St Gregory’s, Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, The Skinner's School, Woodlands School, Judd, Oakley School, Two Bridges Pupil Support Centre, Maidstone Grammar School for Girls and Walderslade Girls’ School..

To find out more about the work of the Kaizen Teaching School Alliance please visit the website. http://www.kaizentsa.org/