Training boost for city schools

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THREE Sheffield schools have been selected to join a prestigious national programme – aimed at giving teachers the vital training they need to raise classroom standards.

Silverdale and Notre Dame secondaries and Birley Spa Primary are among only 100 to be granted Teaching School status – from 300 who applied.

Only schools rated as outstanding by Ofsted were entitled to apply.

Silverdale and Birley Spa will work together on the project which will see them leading the professional development of staff from around the city.

All three were selected by the National College for School Leadership and their staff will attend induction sessions in September.

The project marks a shift towards school-centred training and development which is being promoted by the Government.

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

Sheffield has anticipated the shift in emphasis by setting up its own network of ‘leadership and innovation hubs’ to co-ordinate professional and leadership development.

Schools involved are Birley Community College, Monteney and Fox Hill primaries, Dobcroft Infants and Talbot Special School.

Silverdale headteacher Helen Storey said: “This is an exciting opportunity for both our schools to share ideas and expertise for the benefit of all the young people of Sheffield.”