Student teachers talk about Capital Teaching School in Merseyside. CTS was founded in 2015 and is led by St Nicholas CE Primary School. The alliance includes secondary and primary schools from within Sefton each contributing and being involved in the work of the teaching school. Teaching schools 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. Collaboration is at the heart of the teaching school model.