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Dorset’s five special schools, including Wyvern Academy, have been selected for an important new role aimed at further raising standards for children and young people with special educational needs in the region. As one of the first 200 teaching school alliances in England, the newly formed Teaching Alliance of Dorset Special Schools (TADSS) will lead the training and professional development of staff in its own schools and beyond.

See www.tadss.co.uk for further information.

The teaching schools initiative began in September 2011, marking a shift towards school-centred training and development. The programme gives outstanding schools the freedom and autonomy to work with other partners, including at least one university, to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders at all stages in their career.

Wyvern is very pleased to have been given the opportunity to form a Teaching School Alliance. We have a long history of providing training and offering support to other schools and this new designation will allow us to maintain this work and develop it further over the coming years.

The National College has responsibility for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme, working closely with the Department for Education (DfE), as the national network grows to 500 teaching schools by 2014.

As the teaching alliance develops, we will be working with other schools and universities to help to provide a strong supply of new teachers, develop leaders and the next generation of heads, and support schools in challenging circumstances.

For further information on teaching alliances please visit:http://www.education.gov.uk/nationalcollege/index/support-for-schools/teachingschools.htm