Barnfield granted teaching school status

The Barnfield Federation, is the first college federation to be selected for an important new role aimed at further raising standards in education.

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“This enables us to not only share best teaching and learning practice internally but also more widely with other schools and institutions to improve the quality of education and outcomes for all students”

(PRWEB UK) 29 March 2013

Barnfield West Academy is one of only 150 schools in England to be granted teaching school status by the National College for School Leadership, which entitles the Federation to lead the way in training and professional development.

Staff will 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.

Barnfield Director General Sir Peter Birkett said: “I am delighted that Barnfield has secured this status as this is a vote of confidence in West academy and the Federation as a whole

“This enables us to not only share best teaching and learning practice internally but also more widely with other schools and institutions to improve the quality of education and outcomes for all students”

The National College has responsibility for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme, working closely with the Department for Education (DfE).

Maggie Farrar, Executive Director at the National College, said: “Teaching schools like Barnfield 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-improving school-led education system. These are the schools that are blazing the trail by harnessessing 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.”

Sir Peter Birkett is the only Further Education College Chief Executive to be awarded National Leader in Education (NLE) status. The status has also recently been awarded to Barnfield West Academy Principal Andy Hardy.


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