Broughton Astley college granted teaching school status
A school in Broughton Astley has been selected for an important new role aimed at further raising standards.
Thomas Estley Community College is one of only 150 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the third wave.
The designation by the National College for School Leadership entitles the school to lead the training and professional development for staff.
Staff from the successful school will now attend a formal induction at the National College’s learning and conference centre in Nottingham.
The teaching schools initiative began in 2011, marking a shift towards school-centred training and development.
The programme gives outstanding schools the freedom and autonomy to lead a group of schools, working with other partners including at least one university, to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders at all stages in their career.
Tim Moralee, principal of Thomas Estley Community College said: “This is a terrific accolade for the College, its staff and pupils.
“We look forward to working closely with our partner schools and the University of Leicester to develop excellent support for teachers and leaders of our schools.
“We are able to do this as a result of the excellence achieved with Thomas Estley over recent years.”
The National College has responsibility for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme, working closely with the Department for Education (DfE), as the national network grows to 500 teaching schools by 2015.
Maggie Farrar, executive director at the National College, said: “Teaching schools like Thomas Estley Community College should be proud of their achievement as they need to be at the top of their game to take on this role - outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school-to-school support.
“With some 350 teaching schools around the country we are now well on our way to creating a self-improved school-led education system.
“These are the schools that are blazing the trail by harnessing the finest teaching talent in the profession to drive school improvement in innovative ways, and bring real benefits to pupils and staff.
“Trainees can learn from the best teachers in action and those who want to move up the career ladder are exposed to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school.
“As they develop, teaching schools working with other schools and universities will help to provide the next generation of teachers and headteachers and support schools in challenging circumstances.”
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