Three Brooke Weston teachers are among a total of 16 from across the Trust’s schools who have successfully secured places on the nationally accredited Teaching Leaders Fellows programme. Mr Matt Rodger, Ms Roisin Fernando and Ms Rebecca Clarke are undertaking the course aimed at further developing high potential middle leaders.
This is the first time that the Trust has sponsored staff to be involved. Each of the teachers had to submit an application at the end of the summer term and this was followed by a half-day assessment in Birmingham. Demand for places on this course was high attracting high calibre applications from across the country.
The two-year course is delivered by experienced educational facilitators. It supports participants to become future leaders and improve educational outcomes for students. This group of staff will now work together and lead an Impact Project focused on a key strategic priority for the Trust, securing seamless curriculum provision from primary to secondary school.
The programme started with an inspirational residential in York during the summer holiday and the vast majority of future training sessions take place outside of school hours. The Trust has ten secondary and six primary teachers in the September 2016 cohort.
The other secondary practitioners are from Corby Business, Kettering Science and Thomas Clarkson Academies while those from the primary sector are from Beanfield, Compass and Peckover Primary Schools.
Executive Principal Trish Stringer said: ‘This is an exciting programme that gives our teachers the opportunity to network with the finest middle managers across the country. This will enable them to share the most innovative methods of maximising outcomes for our children. Focusing on providing a seamless curriculum from primary to secondary education should mean that students do not fall back when they join secondary school. Standards in the primary schools have shifted significantly in the past two years and we need to ensure that secondary providers capitalise on this and continue to move learning forward. This is a significant personal undertaking by all our colleagues and we are delighted to support their continued professional development. This is a nationally recognised programme with a strong track record of improving student outcomes.’