Brooke Weston’s Principal, Trish Stringer had the opportunity to talk to PM David Cameron during a recent visit to Downing Street. Miss Stringer was invited to attend the reception, which was a celebration of teachers and teaching, by Mr Tom Pursglove, the conservative parliamentary candidate for Corby and East Northants.
While at No 10 Miss Stringer spoke to the Prime Minister about the role of Teaching Schools and their future development. Brooke Weston was among the first tranche of Teaching Schools to be designated in 2011 and, since then, it has delivered professional courses and training to hundreds of teachers across the region.
It was Miss Stringer’s second visit to Downing street as she attended a function there last year celebrating excellence in secondary education. Afterwards she said: ‘I was very lucky to represent Northamptonshire in the trip to Downing Street.
'I spoke to Mr Cameron about the role of teaching schools at present and in the future. He seemed committed to them and said he felt they would remain, regardless of the outcome of the forthcoming election. The visit to Downing Street was very informative. The first time I went I felt like I did not really take it all in but I had more time to look around on this occasion. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity.’
The visit came at around the same time that our Director of Teaching School, spoke at an education conference at Westminster. She was invited to share the platform with education luminaries at the seminar, which was designed to disseminate information and best practice across the most successful Teaching Schools in the country.