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Top marks as Redditch First School named as new Teaching School

Correspondent 19th May, 2018

ABBEYWOOD First School RSA Academy in Church Hill 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, provide support for other schools to bring about school improvement, and work with schools across their teaching school alliance to raise standards of teaching.

Abbeywood is one of more than 40 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest recruitment round but is the only primary or first school in Redditch to have been awarded this status.

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide 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, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Executive head Di Smith said: “We are thrilled to have been granted Teaching School Status, particularly as we are a small first school and all other teaching schools in the area secondary ones.

“This is a tremendous accolade for our amazing leadership team and all the excellent staff who have a wealth of skills that they can share with others.”

Lord Agnew, Under Secretary of State for the School System, said: “I’d like to congratulate Abbeywood First School RSA Academy – they should be very proud of this achievement.

“Teaching schools are supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders.”

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