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26th June 2012
Wakefield City Academy has been selected for an important new role aimed at raising standards nationally.
It is one of only 50 secondary schools out of a total of 3200 in England to be granted teaching school status in the second wave.
The designation by the National College for School Leadership entitles the school to lead the training and professional development of staff.
The teaching schools initiative marks a shift towards school centred training and development. The programme gives outstanding schools the freedom and autonomy to lead 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
Alan Yellup Executive Headteacher said “It is a huge honour and we will do our utmost to discharge our new responsibilities by forming a powerful alliance of high performing schools, universities, Wakefield LA and education practitioners to benefit the education of children in West Yorkshire and surrounding counties.
Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the National College, said “teaching Schools like Wakefield City Academy need to be at the top of their game to take on this role-outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school to school support.
We now have 100 secondary schools around the country that are in the position to harness the finest talent in the profession to drive school improvement in innovative ways, and bring real benefits to pupils and staff. Trainees can learn from the best teachers in action and those who want to move up the career ladder are exposed to excellent practice within and beyond the immediate school”
As they develop teaching schools working with other schools and universities will help to provide a strong supply of new teachers, develop leaders and the next generation of heads, and support schools in challenging circumstances.
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