Academy leads way in teaching

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A primary school has become Calderdale’s first national teaching school with a role aimed at raising the standards of education.

Whitehill Community Academy, Illingworth, is one of only 150 in the country to receive teaching school status.Whitehill Community Academy becomes Calderdale’s first national teaching school.

A school in Halifax has been selected for an important new role aimed at further raising standards.

The designation, by the National College for School Leadership, entitles the school to lead the training and professional development for staff.

Roy Hepplestone, Principal, said: “It is quite clear that the government agenda is to develop a self improving school led system with Teaching School Alliances at the cutting edge of developments.

“We are proud and privileged to be working in collaboration with many local schools, Universities and associates. Clearly it is a great honour to be awarded Teaching School status and we look forwards to working in partnership with The Alliance partners.

“The Alliance has a strong moral purpose to develop and enhance the opportunities and success enjoyed by all children, students, staff and other stakeholders across the alliance of schools.”

The teaching schools initiative began in 2011, marking a shift towards school-centred training and development. The programme gives outstanding schools the freedom and autonomy to lead a group of schools to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders at all stages in their career.