Copthorne Primary School to lead Teaching School Hub

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The Department for Education has announced that Copthorne Primary School, part of Exceed Academies Trust, is one of only six schools in the country to become a Teaching School Hub.

Bradford Teaching School Hub will provide support to 211 Bradford schools, giving them direct access to the expertise from school leaders with a track record of improving challenging schools. 

Support could include delivering tailored professional development for teachers, hosting observations and visits, or deploying system leaders to offer advice and guidance to local schools.

Exceed Academies Trust CEO, Duncan Jacques CBE, said:

“We are delighted that Copthorne Primary School, an “Outstanding” school, is one of just six schools nationally to have been awarded Teaching School Hub status. Our schools have always been outward facing and committed to supporting other schools within and beyond our own trust. We believe that high performing schools have a moral purpose to support other schools on their improvement journey. Teaching School Hubs will help steer the partnership working between Bradford schools and trusts.

The Bradford Teaching School Hub will work closely with partners, including multi-academy trusts, the local authority and maintained schools, teaching schools, initial teacher training providers, and curriculum hubs.

Our hub will signpost, facilitate and deliver support to Bradford schools, working in partnership with professionals from all educational phases and sectors.

The support that Bradford Teaching School Hub will coordinate will be varied, including supporting teacher recruitment and retention, providing evidence informed professional development programmes for teachers and leaders, and brokering support from high performing schools to help headteachers to address their school’s priorities.

We look forward to working with our partners and all Bradford schools and trusts to ensure they have access to the highest quality support.”

In December 2019, Exceed Academies Trust’s initial teacher training programme led by Exceed SCITT was judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

The DfE states that the six new hubs will initially be tested in five areas of the country from February 2020.

This initiative, launched by the Department of Education last year, to simplify and strengthen how the government drives up school standards, building on the successes of the Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education programmes.

Schools Minister Lord Agnew said: 

“It is vital that we back our best school leaders and help them to support struggling schools so that we can continue to drive forward the high standards we are already seeing in schools across the country.

“These new Teaching School Hubs will make it easier for the best school leaders to share expert advice and help schools in their local communities, ensuring that those schools facing the greatest challenges are supported as simply and efficiently as possible.”

The DfE press release is available here.


Published: 07/01/2020
Audience: Headteachers, CEO
Contact: Paul Butler

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