Schools join forces to raise teaching levels in Rutland

From left, Rob Gooding, John Harrison and Stuart Williams. EMN-140505-122715001
From left, Rob Gooding, John Harrison and Stuart Williams. EMN-140505-122715001
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Two schools are set to work together to help raise the standard of teaching throughout Rutland after being awarded a prestigious status.

Catmose Federation and Whissendine Primary School are delighted to announce that they have been granted joint Teaching School Status by the Department for Education, the first of its kind within Rutland.

To be awarded this prestigious status, schools need to be judged as outstanding by Ofsted and have a strong track record of supporting other schools.

Catmose and Whissendine will work with other local schools to form the Rutland Teaching Alliance, which will provide high-quality training and professional development to both new and experienced school staff and headteachers throughout all stages of their careers.

They will work together in order to raise local teaching standards through school-to-school support.

The alliance will be a hub for the delivery of local training which is focused on the needs of teachers within the area. It forms part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards.  

Catmose Federation’s executive principal Stuart Williams said: “We are delighted to be able to share our knowledge and expertise alongside Whissendine Primary School in order to develop opportunity and excellence within teaching, both locally and further afield.”

As part of the application process, the Department for Education recognised the positive partnership work that has already been achieved by Catmose and Whissendine working with Southfields, now Catmose Primary, St Nicholas in Whissendine and Ketton Primary School.

Executive principal Rob Gooding, of Whissendine Primary School, said: “Working in isolation is no longer a sustainable option. To really make a real difference for our pupils, we must be as outwardly focused as possible.

“Working in partnership with a Teaching School and colleagues around the county will help us to sustain excellence, transform learning and make teaching and learning the best it can be for our children and their families.”