A borough school is to play a key role in raising the standards of education.
George Stephenson High School in Killingworth has been selected as one of only 200 centres in the country to be granted National Teaching School status in the latest round.
Teaching Schools are selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), and take a lead role in recruiting and training new teachers, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.
And headteacher Ian Wilkinson has also been named as a National Leader of Education.
“We are delighted that we have been awarded Teaching School status,” he said.
“This is very exciting for both our school and our Teaching School Alliance, which is made up of 17 schools and Newcastle University.
“It represents a great opportunity for us to work across schools and other organisations, to have a positive impact on the lives of young people and their families.”
Teaching Schools work to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.