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Our Teaching School

In March 2013 the trust set up the first Primary National Teaching School in Thurrock. This status allows us to offer professional development to schools in the area, as well as providing high quality training for our own staff. We are also involved in Initial Teacher Training (Teach Thurrock) ensuring new teachers are of the highest calibre.


Quarry Hill Academy received its National Support School status in 2016 and supports the Teaching school in delivering its support offer and building system leadership capacity.


As well as offering training and support, we identify and co-ordinate expertise in partner schools, using the best leaders and teachers to:


  • Work with other strategic partners, including universities (Institute Of Education), to train new entrants to the profession;
  • Lead peer to peer learning;
  • Identify and nurture leadership potential;
  • Provide support for other schools when needed;


At the Thurrock Primary Teaching School Alliance, our vision is to ensure improved outcomes for all pupils across our borough by promoting high impact, high achievement and high quality teaching and learning.

Teaching Schools work together in an Alliance (a group of schools and other partners) which is supported by the leadership of a teaching school.


Thurrock Primary Teaching School Alliance has a National Leader of Education, leading schools in the alliance, together with Local Leaders of Education and Specialist Leaders of Education. Our alliance works closely with our partner schools to raise standards through joint projects, in-school support and staff development. We offer school to school support through the Teaching School Programme, and, in addition, we offer bespoke support and CPD to a school, or groups of schools, in a range of areas, such as raising achievement at Key Stage 2, behaviour management, and outstanding practice in all subject areas. This is in the form of personalised training and/or follow-up support for individuals or groups. We work with a large number of trainee teachers each year in partnership with the Institute of Education (IOE) and 17 neighbouring primary schools.