St John’s selected to become a national teaching school
St John's Academy has been selected to become a National Teaching School.
Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. They identify and develop leadership potential; they provide support for other schools, and work with schools across their alliance to raise standards of teaching.
St John's is one of 54 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.
Nicky Edmondson, principal of St John's said: "I'm delighted that St John's has been afforded this opportunity.
“It will allow us to build on the work we already do to train and develop new teachers.
“By working closely with our partner primary schools and Bath Spa University, Excalibur Academies Trust will become a leading edge provider of professional development for teachers and others working in schools, and a centre for training new entrants to the profession.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our staff, many of whom are already experienced mentors of trainee teachers, and will give us a considerable advantage in recruiting high calibre teachers at a time when there is a national shortage of teachers in some curriculum areas".
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.
The latest designation round takes the number of Teaching Schools to over 700.
Roger Pope, chairman of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: "I'd like to congratulate St John's Marlborough - they should be very proud of this achievement.
“Teaching schools have shown themselves to be at the heart of school improvement. They're supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work".