A PRIMARY school in Halesowen has been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers.

Lutley Primary School has been selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership to become a national teaching school.

Teaching schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools. Lutley was one of 200 schools in England to be granted the status in the latest designation round and the first primary in Dudley borough to be designated.

Executive headteacher Jeanette Mackinney said: “I am proud and delighted that Lutley has been successful in becoming the first primary teaching school in Dudley.

“This designation recognises Lutley’s continued commitment to high standards for our all our pupils and the whole of the school community.”

Teaching schools are Ofsted rated as “outstanding" and mark a shift towards school-centred training.

They work with partner schools in an alliance, including at least one university, to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.