"Learning and Growing Together"

Derby Early Years Teaching School (DEYTS) comprises of many nursery, infant and primary schools based in and around Derby City, East Midlands Region.  In partnership with the local Universities and schools it is committed to working with others to improve Teaching and Learning.

What is a Teaching School?

"Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the government's plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system." (Gov.uk, March, 2014)


DEYTS Mission Statement

To change for the better the lives and life chances of our children, parents and school community.  We believe passionately and are committed to working collaboratively to achieve educational transformation across all schools through the development of outstanding practice and practitioners.  We believe in being proactive and working with others to both share our strengths and learn from each other.

DEYTS Vision

A community of schools in which all children are enabled to reach their potential through the provision of high quality education within an inclusive, caring and supportive environment.  The on-going sustainable collaboration will assist in the creation of a culture of continued improvement.


DEYTS are involved in the following areas; Initial Teacher Training (School Direct), Continuing Professional Development (CPD), School to School Support and Recruitment and Deployment of Specialist Leaders of Education.


The Alliance Board oversees the work of the Alliance and provides a Strategic Lead.

The Board works in a similar way to a Governing Body.  It meets on a termly basis and oversees the work of the alliance.  The role of the Board is to discuss operational activity and strategic planning.  Each meeting consists of a review of actions and progress to date against the relevant sections of DEYTS. 

The Teaching School Council oversees the work of all Teaching Schools nationally; follow this link for more information; http://tscouncil.org.uk/.


Lead School - Harrington Nursery School


Strategic Partners

Derby City Council

Springfield Primary School

St Giles School

The Harmony Trust

The University of Warwick

Whitecross Nursery School


If you are interested in becoming a Strategic Partner or Partner and feel that the work that your school or company provides will be of benefit to the schools of Derby City and beyond, please get in touch.