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Hungerhill School Hungerhill

Teaching School

Hungerhill School was designated as a National Teaching School in August 2015. We are the lead secondary school in the Doncaster Primary-Secondary Strategic Alliance, known as Partners in Learning, which has over a hundred member schools. We are also a National Support School with a large number of Specialist Leaders in Education and our Headteacher is both a National Leader of Education and Pupil Premium Reviewer.

As a Teaching School we lead on a number of important teaching and learning initiatives which are founded on well-researched evidence-based practice including the development of a Maths Mastery Curriculum as well as a Reciprocal Reading Programme which develops both language and communication. We have strong links with a number of local universities which are supporting us with various Action Research projects. Our inquiry based practice is helping to ensure that our students have access to the very best teaching and learning, helping them to make outstanding progress.


The Big 6 - Role of Teaching Schools

As well as offering training and support for their alliance themselves, teaching schools will identify and coordinate expertise from their partners and wider alliance, using the best leaders and teachers to engage in the following:

Please click the headings below for more information.

ITT - Play a greater role in training new entrances to the profession

Hungerhill is the lead school for Partners in Learning - Secondary TSA. Hungerhill School is a cohort 7 Teaching School that has a long history of delivering school-based teacher training. As a Teaching School, we take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential, and providing support for other schools, not least by exemplifying excellent standards of teaching.

Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: "Hungerhill School should be very proud of this achievement. The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools."

If you would like to speak to one of the team or request a visit prior to applying please contact us directly at
(but please do not delay making your application while waiting for this)

Secondary Schools in the Hungerhill - Partner in Learning - Secondary TSA:

  • Sir Thomas Wharton Community College, New Edlington, Doncaster

  • Beverley Grammar School, Beverley

  • South Axholme Academy, Epworth, Doncaster



Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development.

Talent & Succession 

Identify and develop leadership potential.

Schools Supporting Schools 

Provide support for other schools.

SLEs - Designate and broker Specialist Leaders of Educations (SLEs)

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs)

SLEs understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context. SLEs can develop the leadership capacity of others, using coaching or facilitation support that draws on their knowledge and expertise.

The Schools White Paper (2010) introduced the concept of the SLE role to improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning, ultimately raising standards and improving outcomes for children.

  1. Around 2,500 SLEs have already been designated, with the aim of building up to 5,000 by 2014–15, in line with the expansion of the teaching school model. In time, we anticipate 10,000 SLEs to be designated to ensure full national coverage.
  2. While SLEs will be outstanding at what they do, they can come from any school, regardless of the school’s Ofsted grade.
  3. SLEs need to meet strict designation criteria, which can be found in full on our website.
  4. SLEs have expertise in a specific area, for example, a subject area, early years, behaviour, or school business management. A list of areas of expertise can be found on our website.
  5. Teaching schools designate SLEs and broker their deployment into other schools.
  6. The SLE role has a number of benefits, including:
    • offering credible peer support rooted in current practice and drawing on real experience
    • the sharing and development of outstanding, innovative practice
    • a collaborative, coaching approach, which helps develop other leaders to ensure long-term, sustainable improvement
    • a fresh perspective on specific challenges or issues, as well as specialist knowledge and expertise
    • the opportunity for leaders to learn about different school contexts and systems
    • contributing to continuing professional development (CPD), enhancing leaders’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in a variety of ways.


Engage in research and development.

For more information about our role as a Teaching School, please click the Partners in Learning logo below: 


Partners in Learning logo

NCTL National Support School logo