The Warwickshire Early Years Hub     


What is a Teaching School  


Teaching schools and early years teaching centres are part of the government’s policy to give schools increasing responsibility for leading the education system. The six maintained Nursery Schools in Warwickshire currently lead an Early Years Teaching Centre, but hope to join forces with a group of Coventry and Warwickshire Schools to form a Teaching School which will be called: ‘The Warwickshire Consortium Teaching School’.  Our Teaching School will focus on the Early Years and Key Stage 1.


Teaching schools play a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where:


  • Trainee teachers learn from the best teachers, supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring. Teaching Schools are involved in the recruitment and training new entrants to the profession (initial teacher training). Our Early Years Teaching Centre has a strong strategic partnership with Warwick University and offers 15 places on a specialist early years PGCE each academic year. For more information about becoming a teacher, please take a look at the UCAS site, or 'Get into Teaching'. To discuss this course please contact Rachel Gillett   for further information. Or click the icons on this page.



Bespoke support and advice: Teaching Schools link the organisations in their Warwickshire Early Hubs with Schools and settings who request extra support and advice. They are well placed to do this because their leaders have local knowledge and can identify where the key resources and expertise lie. So, as well as professional development, Teaching Schools will identify and co-ordinate expertise in partner schools and PVI sector settings, using the best leaders and practitioners to:

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Professional development


  • This is a key element of a teaching schools activity and it is focused on what works, so that teachers, support staff and leaders improve through encounters with excellent practice within and beyond their immediate environment, through observation, mentoring, coaching, practice, reflection and sharing with peers. Our Teaching School will lead this work through an organisation called Warwickshire Early Years – ‘Bringing Quality to Life’. Please see for more information or to book onto one of our courses.

  • Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development

  • Identify and develop leadership potential (succession planning and talent management)

  • Provide support for other schools

  • Designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)

  • Engage in research and development activity


All of our support packages can be adapted to meet identified needs and include clear objectives, an agreed action plan, agreed criteria for success and robust evaluation.  You may wish to purchase one of our annual subscription packages to provide you with ongoing support or a one off evaluation day.  For more information on commissioning bespoke support in your school or early years settings please contact Nicci Burton at   or


We can help you with:

  • Quality audits and reviews

  • Leadership and management coaching  or mentoring for new managers and leaders

  • Support packages: PSED, Well-Being, Leadership, SEN/d, Learning environments, Curriculum and Planning

  • Teaching and learning support; joint lesson observations, video reflection, improving practice

  • Speech and Language support / CPD

  • Observation, Assessment and effective use of data

  • Narrowing the gap

  • Strategic Development

  • Governance, Trust and Committee support and CPD


The Warwickshire Early Years Hub includes:

Atherstone Nursery School, Bedworth Heath Nursery School, Boughton Leigh Infants School, High Meadow Infants School, Hillfields Nursery School, Kenilworth Nursery School, Stockingford Early Years Centre, Rugby Free Primary School, Stoke Heath Primary School, Sydenham Primary School, Warwick Nursery School, Wheelwright Lane Primary School, Whitnash Nursery School

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