Kingsbridge Teaching School Hub

Formed in January 2020, Kingsbridge Teaching School Hub was one of the Department for Education’s (DfE) six Test and Learn Teaching School Hubs (TSHs) initially operating as Teaching Schools South West.

The designated area for Kingsbridge Teaching School Hub includes 317 schools, comprising primary, secondary, specialist, PRU and alternative schools across the following Local Authority Districts:

  • Exeter
  • Plymouth
  • South Hams
  • Teignbridge
  • Torbay
  • West Devon


With a designated area composed of Local Authority Districts, Teaching School Hubs are intended to ensure maximum coverage of schools with no ‘cold patches’ and are therefore larger and designed to work at a scale for effective outcomes and give confidence to the system.

Specific Key Performance Indicators are linked to policy aims and progress regularly reported to the DfE in a Delivery Plan and ensures a closer relationship between Kingsbridge Teaching School Hub and the Department for Education.

Key responsibilities for Kingsbridge Teaching School Hub include:

  • Continuing Professional Development (supporting delivery of DfE, EEF and Curriculum Hub Offers)
  • Initial Teacher Training
  • Early Career Framework
  • Appropriate Body
  • National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)


You can read more about Teaching School Hubs on the Department for Education website here

In the spirit of a collaborative partnership of mutual support and common goals, Kingsbridge Teaching School Hub works closely with MATs, Curriculum Hubs and Research Schools:

You can read more about SWIFT’s Partners here

As a “Two Hubs One Model” approach, Colyton and Kingsbridge Teaching School Hubs (SWIFT) are responsible for delivering the core TSH activities and supporting schools across the region, by effectively combining resources to better meet the specific needs of all schools, of type, size and location.

Combined expertise has created a strong, mature partnership that acts as a multiplier within the education system across the region. SWIFT values ensure that teachers and leaders are supported to improve the educational outcomes for all children and young people, especially disadvantaged groups. Hence the "more than" principle enshrined in the SWIFT logo.

You can read more about SWIFT’s Visions and Values here 


Kingsbridge is currently supporting schools on the following:

Early Career Framework | You can read more about the SWIFT Early Career Framework here

Appropriate Body Service | You can read more about the SWIFT Appropriate Body service here


Reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQ’s)

SWIFT is working in partnership with Teaching School Hub, OneCornwall, Leading Schools South West (LSSW) and Teach First to offer schools the following full suite of reformed NPQs:

Leadership National Professional Qualifications (NPQ):

  • NPQLBC: Leading Behaviour and Culture
  • NPQLT: Leading Teaching
  • NPQLTD: Leading Teacher Development
  • NPQLL:  Leading Literacy
  • NPQEYL:  Early Years Leadership
  • NPQSL: Senior Leaders
  • NPQH: Headship (including a new programme of support for newly appointed Headteachers)
  • NPQEL: Executive Leadership

You can read more about the reformed NPQs and find information about scholarships here

For more information about SWIFT’s Teaching School Hub Programme see here

Follow us on Twitter @SouthWestIFT for news and updates about programmes and events.

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