Ryders Hayes School granted vital new role

Ryders Hayes School has become one of the first in England to selected for a new role aimed at raising standards in education.

The school, which reverted to academy status in April 2011, has been granted teaching school status, which will entitle it to lead the training and professional development for a range of staff.

Selected from more than 1,200 applications made to the Department for Education, the milestone marks a shift towards school-centred training and development.

Teaching schools will be responsible for leading a group of schools, working with other partners, including at least one university, to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders at all stages in their career.

Headteacher, Joanne Speller, said: “Having already supported the professional development of over 100 teachers as part of the pilot programme for teaching schools, I am extremely pleased that the work of the teaching staff at Ryders Hayes has now been recognised.

“This will help us to continue to strive for excellent standards in teaching and learning for our own pupils, and strengthen our commitment to working with and supporting other schools. Teachers from across the region will come to our school to learn from some of the best in the profession.”

Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the National College, said: “To take on this role, teaching schools like Ryders Hayes need to be among the best in the country – outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school-to-school support.”

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