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Teaching status for academy
2:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
ROYAL Wootton Bassett Academy has been awarded national teaching school status with immediate effect.
Teaching schools give outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support in their local area.
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy will now work with 11 local primary schools and Bradon Forest School to help improve teaching quality.
George Croxford, headteacher at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, was delighted.
He said: “It’s fantastic, it’s really exciting times for the school and the area. We now have teaching school status and I have become a national leader of education too.
“We can now offer initial teacher training and we develop teaching in the area and we will share experiences with the schools.
“It’s a brilliant programme and we will try to establish continuous support with the schools. ”
The designation of teaching school is open to all schools in England, regardless of type or phase.
Schools and academies applying to become teaching schools need to meet stringent criteria and provide evidence of successful partnerships as well as excellent leadership with a proven track record of school improvement.
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