Whitley Academy chosen to help train the next generation of teachers.
Three schools in the RSA Family of Academies have been selected to become National Teaching
Schools as part of a new RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance. Whitley Academy in Coventry, Holyhead School in Birmingham, and Arrow Vale RSA Academy in Redditch are three of only 60 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 school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.
The RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance will benefit all schools in the RSA Family, including the RSA Academy Tipton and Ipsley CE RSA Academy, as well as working with other local schools in Coventry and the West Midlands.
Lorraine Allen, ex-Principal of Whitley Academy said: “I am delighted that Whitley Academy has been granted teaching school status as part of the RSA Academies Teaching School alliance. This will enable us to extend and develop our work in the West Midlands and beyond to support teachers at all stages of their careers.”
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.
Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “Whitley Academy should be very proud of this achievement. The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.
There are now 600 Teaching Schools around the country with more to follow. They are at the heart of an increasingly school-led system, leading the way in improving the quality of our teachers and helping the schools in their partnership to become even better. Like Teaching Hospitals, they have become centres of excellence across the country, conducting research and training teachers.”
The school became a National Support School in 2009 and the ex- Principal, Lorraine Allen, a National Leader in Education. Since then the school and staff have built up a significant and extensive level of expertise in supporting other schools to improve, many of which have been in a ‘Ofsted Category’ and have subsequently improved their outcomes to secure good achievement. Whitley has worked with both primary and secondary schools in Birmingham, Leicester, Redditch, Warwickshire and Westminster.
Leaders of all levels have and are currently working with schools to lead school improvement. The ex-Principal has also been deployed recently as an Educational Consultant by the DFE helping schools through their Academy conversion process.
Whitley is the School Improvement Partner for the sponsored RSA Academies in Redditch, Ipsley and Arrow Vale. The schools are working together with confident leadership modelling a ‘deep and robust’ partnership that will enable long lasting improvement through activities such as joint practice development.
Whitley is a strategic partner in the Castle Phoenix Teaching School Alliance in Coventry and takes the lead to develop succession planning and talent management. The alliance supports local primary and secondary schools.