St Joseph’s College Teaching School Alliance is an organisation committed to serving the schools, teachers and pupils across Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and beyond.

The Alliance provides nationally accredited and bespoke leadership, training, support, research and development opportunities to school staff across the region. We have a bank of nationally and regionally recognised experts within the Alliance that can act as a task force to help schools and individuals in need of support.

What is a Teaching School?

The Teaching Schools model is part of Government’s move to give outstanding schools a leading role in the training and development of teachers and support staff. Like Teaching Hospitals, the aim of Teaching Schools is to create a ‘self improving’ system which nurtures excellence and best practice.

Teaching Schools will lead the way in enhancing teaching and learning practices and will take much greater responsibility for coordinating and delivering ‘on the job’ teacher training, previously led by universities.



  • To help ensure all children have every opportunity to receive the very best educational experience possible in a culture of aspiration, pride, independence, and expertise.

  • To help support the central role schools have in their communities.

  • To facilitate meaningful collaboration across schools, alliances and MATs within the city, regionally and nationally.

  • To attract and facilitate access to exceptional practitioners, leaders of education and academics.

  • To provide evidence informed professional development at all stages of a career from trainees to CEOs

  • To help ensure expertise is developed in response to citywide and national needs, using evidence to inform a purposeful, effective approach.

  • To co-ordinate collaborative projects drawing together academic expertise, practitioner experience and ‘craft knowledge’ to promote and model a cultural shift in professional development.

  • To work alongside the Regional Teaching School Council, neighbouring Teaching School Alliances, Stoke-on-Trent Research School, Stoke-on-Trent Local Authority, and the Regional School Commissioners office to ensure high-impact, sustainable school improvement.

  • To recruit, train and retain the very best of the next generation of teachers and leaders.