About Us

The National Forest Teaching School ( NFTS) is an alliance of secondary, primary and special schools spanning a wide geographical area from Derby and Burton on Trent through to Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield.

Our schools operate in a variety of different contexts but share a common belief in the power of collaboration to bring about continuous school improvement in our local area.

John Taylor High School, which is located in Barton under Needwood, is the lead school for the Alliance. John Taylor High School became a National Teaching School in March 2013, and in March 2014 was again judged “outstanding” in all areas by Ofsted. In 2013 the Department for Education awarded us lead school status in the areas of Continuous Professional Development, Academies and Academy transition, and Initial Teacher Training and induction as a validation of our achievements in all of these areas. John Taylor has recently been accredited  as a  SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training )and  we offer School Direct in partnership with three local universities. As a National College Lead School for CPD we deliver the Outstanding Teacher Programme, Improving Teacher Programme and National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership programmes to teachers across the region.

Our Teaching School affords staff in our partner schools numerous opportunities, whether that be participating in exciting research and development projects, involvement in training the next generation of teachers, being an SLE and supporting other schools or being able to study for a Masters-level qualification. The opportunities are limitless. 

We currently have 9 strategic partners within the alliance, made up of secondary schools, primary schools, special schools, Higher Education institutes

Interested in joining the The National Forest Teaching School Alliance?  To request further information e-mail nfts@jths.co.uk

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