School chosen to teach schools

Pictured, from left, Phil Coote (Sibsey Free School), Mike Schofield (Boston West), Helen Richardson (The Great Oaks Federation), Jo French (Tower Road Academy) Rachel Creasey (Staniland Academy) Louise Yarnell (St Norbert's Catholic Primary, Spalding) and Adrian Reed (BWAF).
Pictured, from left, Phil Coote (Sibsey Free School), Mike Schofield (Boston West), Helen Richardson (The Great Oaks Federation), Jo French (Tower Road Academy) Rachel Creasey (Staniland Academy) Louise Yarnell (St Norbert's Catholic Primary, Spalding) and Adrian Reed (BWAF).

An academy in Boston has been granted Teaching School status, representing a £250,000 investment by the Government in the area’s education.

Staniland Academy, in Peck Avenue, is one of 52 schools in the country to receive the status in the latest round of awards.

Teaching Schools, in the Government’s words are, ‘outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff’.

Adrian Reed, executive headteacher with the Boston Witham Academies Federation, of which Staniland Academy is a member, said over the next five years the Teaching School status would bring in an additional £250,000 to the area from the Government.

He said: “We are delighted that Staniland Academy has been confirmed as a Teaching School, attracting additional Government funding to support the formation of an alliance between schools across Boston and South Holland.”

He said as a result of the new status, a team of headteachers have joined to form the Connect Teaching School Alliance Strategic Board to ‘share good practice and support the next generation of teachers and leaders’.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the Teaching Schools programme.

Charlie Taylor, the chief executive of NCTL, said: “There are now almost 700 Teaching Schools around the country. 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.”