Schools to train up best

Headteacher Lesley Bowes
Headteacher Lesley Bowes
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Two Sheffield schools have teamed up to play a key role in the recruitment of new teaching talent and the training of new senior staff.

Tapton and King Ecgbert secondaries have been chosen to become national teaching schools, a scheme which is a key part of plans to raise standards across the country.

Their partnership, which will also provide support for other schools, will be known as Escafeld.

The concept of teaching schools was first introduced in 2011. All have to be rated as ‘outstanding’ and the strategy marks a shift towards school-centred training.

They work with partner schools in an alliance, including at least one university, to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training as well as professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their careers.

Escafeld Teaching School Alliance will be working with both The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University to train staff for city primaries and secondaries.

King Ecgbert headteacher Lesley Bowes said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to help to make sure Sheffield has a sustainable pool of great teachers with leadership potential for the future.”

Tapton School co-head Claire Tasker added: “Our schools have long enjoyed working together and with others to further improve learning in Sheffield and we relish the opportunity to continue and extend this work.”