SCHOOLS across Hartlepool have come together to form a “unique and innovative” teaching alliance.
The Together To Succeed Teaching School Alliance aims to build on the strong links between all 37 primary, secondary and special schools in town with the aim to further boost standards.
The Government initiative has so far seen around 100 Teaching School Alliances formed, including seven in the North-East.
Hartlepool’s model is said to be unique because every primary, secondary and special school is signed up to it.
The alliance was officially launched at the Northern Lights Academy, next to St Hild’s School, in King Oswy Drive, in Hartlepool, yesterday.
Hartlepool Borough Council and Durham University are also involved as strategic partners.
The initiative in town will see St John Vianney and Holy Trinity C of E Aided Primary School lead on reporting back results.
John Hardy, headteacher at St John Vianney, said: “This is about helping to further drive up standards and to keep on making improvements in education to benefit the children of this town.
“It is a national project around helping schools to be self-improving by getting together and sharing expertise and methods to improve standards.
“What is really fascinating, is that everybody is really engaged and Hartlepool has a strong history of working together.
“There is a real sense of moral certainty to do the very best we can for our children.
“Results have been improving year on year at 11 and 16 and the aim is to continue that trend.”
Mr Hardy said his school and Amanda Baines at Holy Trinity were responsible for reporting back with information from the alliance.
Hartlepool had to go through an inspection process before being accredited with Teaching School Alliance status.
The alliance will focus on six theme areas: initial teacher training, identifying future leaders, professional development, research and development, specialist leaders in education and school to school support.
Each theme area has a committee involving representatives from schools across town.
They will meet on a regular basis and the overall teaching alliance will also hold regular conferences.
Durham University will also be heavily involved in helping to develop graduates into teachers for the benefit of Hartlepool.
Mr Hardy added: “Hartlepool has always been very good at collaboration and that is a real strength of the town.
“It is about sharing ideas and working together to further raise standards.
“It is an exciting, unique and innovative idea.”