Schools join new National Teaching School

Wilberfoss Primary Headteacher Sue Monkman and pupils Lucy, 8, Olivia, 9, Harry, 9, Alex, 11 and Oliver, 10
Wilberfoss Primary Headteacher Sue Monkman and pupils Lucy, 8, Olivia, 9, Harry, 9, Alex, 11 and Oliver, 10

Two primary schools in the area have been selected to become part of a new National Teaching School, with an important role in raising standards.

Warter Primary and Wilberfoss Primary have been chosen by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to join The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance.

The 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.

Teachers, leaders and educational professionals share the very best practice and demonstrate a commitment to each individual child.

The Alliance also aims to recruit and inspire a new generation of teachers and senior leaders, work with teachers to establish high quality professional development programmes, support new and existing colleagues in raising standards and aspirations and create an environment in which educational theory and practice can be observed, studied and shared for the good of all.

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

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.

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.

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.