Derby Early Years Teaching School (DEYTS)


In September 2014 Harrington Nursery School was designated as a National Teaching School. We are delighted to be a part of the government’s initiative to give outstanding schools a leading role in driving forward the quality of teaching and learning in education today.


Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.


We will work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teaching training and professional development opportunities for teaching and Early Years staff at all stages of their career. This work will be developed further through NEEDU @ the Hub.


We aim to raise standards through school to school / nursery support, engage in research and development and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful a Headteacher.


Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL said “Harrington Nursery School should be very proud of this achievement. The schools has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its areas, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools”.


The Big 6 - Role of Teaching Schools

Teaching Schools are part of the Government’s drive to give schools more freedom and take increasing responsibility for managing the schools system. As well as offering training and support for their alliance themselves, teaching schools will identify and coordinate expertise from their partners and wider alliance, using the best leaders and teachers to engage in the following:

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

National College for School Leadership

National College works to develop and support great leaders of schools and early years settings so that they can make a positive difference to children’s lives. The National College has developed a model, through the Teaching Schools, that allows for flexibility in choice and delivery while staying within the remit of collaborative support across the six main focus areas. 


Please visit our Teaching School Website; for the latest information.