New National Teaching School to be established in Yorkshire

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Archbishop Holgate’s School a CofE Academy, Hempland Primary, Osbaldwick Primary, St Mary’s CofE VC Primary, Warter CofE VC Primary and Wilberfoss CofE VC Primary Schools have been selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become part of a new National Teaching School – with an important role in raising standards.

The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance is a community of schools in partnership with the Diocese of York, with shared values, committed to ensuring all children are known and cared for as an individuals. Where teachers, leaders and educational professionals share the very best practice and demonstrate a commitment to each individual child. Recruiting and inspiring a new generation of teachers and senior leaders, working with teachers to establish high quality professional development programmes, to support new and existing colleagues in raising standards and aspirations, to create an environment in which educational theory and practice can be observed, studied and shared for the good of all.

The Director of Education for the Diocese of York, Dr Ann Lees, said: “This is an exciting development that builds on the shared values of these schools, their care for all children and young people and their commitment to educational excellence. The Diocese is proud to work with them in an initiative that will have a huge impact on many schools in our region and the communities they serve.”

Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools. The partnership of schools was one of only 200 in England to be granted Teaching School status in the latest designation round.

Andrew Daly, Headteacher at Archbishop Holgate’s School, said: “We look forward to working collaboratively with our partner schools to share the best practice and together to do the very best for the young people in our care and across the region.”

Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are all 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.

Stuart Outram, Headteacher at Hempland Primary School, said: “We are delighted to be part of this new Teaching School Alliance. The opportunity to contribute to teacher development and ongoing school improvement is incredibly exciting.”

Teaching Schools raise standards through school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Ruth Ellis, Headteacher at St Mary’s CofE VC Primary School, commented: “We are looking forward to working collaboratively together to promote and support educational excellence.”

NCTL has responsibility, in partnership with Headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the Teaching Schools programme.

Alison Metcalfe, Acting Headteacher at Warter CofE VC Primary School, said: “We are proud to be taking part in this exciting venture”.

Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance should be very proud of their Teaching School status. It recognises the school’s outstanding performance and its track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.” There are now more than 500 designated Teaching Schools around the country with more to follow. In an increasingly school-led system, they are leading the way in training new teachers and helping existing teachers develop their skills - ensuring we’ll have the best people teaching our children for generations to come.”

Jonathan Britton, Deputy Head at Archbishop Holgate’s, said: “Working collaboratively together and with other schools, the Church of England and educational institutions we intend to establish an educational dialogue, to identify and implement change and to continually improve practice within all schools. To develop, through partnership and shared values, a vision for educational excellence”