Kingsbridge Community College has been appointed to lead one of only six new Teaching School Hubs across the country. The new Hub, Teaching Schools South West, will cover all 316 schools in South and Central Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. KCC is part of Education South West, and all the schools in the Trust will also be involved in leading this initiative. KCC will also be working with Teaching School Alliances in the area to lead this transition to a different system. This will involve brokering support for schools, developing programmes of training and a more coherent and comprehensive programme for recruiting and training new teachers to schools in the area. The aim is to improve recruitment and retention of teachers and the continual improvement of educational standards.
Roger Pope, CEO of Education South West, said, “This is a great tribute to KCC’s track record of educational excellence and leadership of other schools over many years. The College is thriving under the new leadership of Tina Graham and her team, and we are all delighted that the Department for Education has such confidence in the College that it has selected it to take on this prestigious and important role.”
Struggling schools set for specialist support
Schools Minister announces six successful new Teaching School Hubs to support struggling schools
Reforms to school improvement system to be piloted across five areas of the country
New teaching schools hubs to provide expert support to schools and teachers to ramp up standards
Over one thousand schools are set to receive expert support from some of the country’s highest performing schools as the Department for Education announces six new Teaching School Hubs today (Tuesday, 7 January).
Schools will benefit from a three-year programme of support, with each of the six successful school acting as a regional hub and supporting 200 to 300 other schools in their region, 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.
This forms part of a new scheme, launched by the department 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.
It also underlines the government’s determination to back teachers by attracting and supporting the best talent into the classroom and rewarding the great work they do. It has already announced plans to raise teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000 as well as announcing an extra £14billion funding over three years for schools.
The six new hubs will be based in five areas of the country, including North Yorkshire, Sheffield and Devon, building on the Government’s ambition to drive up school standards in areas of the country most in need of support.
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.”
These new hubs will help struggling schools to boost professional development opportunities for teachers, improve school-to-school support and strengthen staff recruitment and retention and will initially be tested in five areas, from February 2020.
The newly reformed system forms part of the government’s commitment to revamp the current system of school leadership support, building on the department’s first ever integrated recruitment and retention strategy launched last year.