The Blue Coat School became a National Teaching School and National Support School in Summer 2013. As a National Teaching school, Blue Coat has established the Northern Alliance. The Alliance is a group of ambitious school leaders and 15 partner schools including secondary, primary, tertiary and special schools from 6 Local Authority areas who have come together to use collective capacity, creativity and insight to promote improvement in our organisations, specifically by:
- Recruiting and training the best new teachers for our schools through School Direct Initial Teacher Education,
- Training and developing all our staff to become excellent in their field via Continuing Professional Education and involvement on research and development projects,
- Spotting, and nurturing our stars to become the next generation of leaders in our schools through an Alliance based system for leadership development,
- The designation of Specialist Leaders of Education to build capacity for school to school support within and beyond the Alliance, including supporting any schools that Alliance members may sponsor because any school can go through a rough patch, and we will not leave the young people – and our colleagues, to sink or swim.