The school governors are delighted to announce that St. Andrew’s has been selected to become a ‘National Teaching School’. We have been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers.
Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools, not least by exemplifying excellent standards of teaching.
St. Andrew’s is the first and only primary school in Salford and one of only 52 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.
Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are all rated as “outstanding”. They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.
They raise standards through supporting other schools, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.
As part of the designation, Mr Platt has also been accredited as a NLE (National Leader of Education).
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme.
Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “St. Andrew’s should be very proud of this achievement. The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.
“There are now almost 700 Teaching Schools around the country. They are at the heart of an increasingly school-led system, leading the way in improving the quality of our teachers and helping the schools in their partnership to become even better. Like Teaching Hospitals, they have become centres of excellence across the country, conducting research and training teachers.”
I’m sure you will agree, this is a fabulous achievement for our school and one to be proud of. Our achievements are the result of the hard work or our staff, governors and parents, but most importantly, the consistently high achievements our children reach. Both the governing body and Mr Platt will ensure that this new area of work will not have a detrimental effect on the school’s high standards, in fact, we feel it will enhance our staff’s expertise even further.
Anita Varma-Chair of Governors
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