The first cohort of teachers has graduated from Brooke Weston’s Middle Leadership Development programme. The intensive course, aimed at closing the achievement gap in schools, took place over ten months and included residential sessions and regular meetings with colleagues and mentors.
Nine teachers from the three Partnership Academies enrolled on the course, delivered by Brooke Weston's Vice Principal, Mrs Rachel Steele and Ms Gemma Marks, Assistant Principal and Head of English. The teachers each had to implement a project in their own school and reflect on its success, as well as to deliver a presentation to the Principals and Executive Principal of the Brooke Weston Partnership.
Mrs Steele told the teachers at the final meeting: ‘They were all extremely complimentary about the quality of your presentation, the impact of your project and the obvious commitment and engagement that you had with the programme.’
Ms Fran Allan, a PE and humanities teacher and Head of House at Kettering Science Academy reflected on the course: ‘It was really good interacting with other teachers from within the Partnership. Obviously KSA is quite a new addition to the Brooke Weston Partnership and seeing other people and their perspective was good because there are differences across each academy. Sharing ideas and expertise was valuable.’
Mr Markus Wilson, an English teacher at Brooke Weston said: ‘I really enjoyed the opportunity to actually do my own learning again because if you have been in this profession for seven or eight years you forget about what you are learning and focus on what you are teaching. During the course you are given a big pack of think pieces to read and I enjoyed making notes on things that were relatively new to me in terms of practice and looking at how to develop yourself as a leader. It was very interesting and I relished that.’
Mr John Atkinson of the Business and Enterprise faculty at Corby Business Academy said: ‘At the beginning of the course I wasn’t actually a middle leader, just a normal teacher with some other responsibilities but now, as a result I have got another role within the school. It has definitely helped my career and has hugely increased my confidence and completely changed the way I look at things. It has given me an overall whole-school perspective and has increased my confidence to work with different areas of the school. I have already recommended this course to colleagues and have had quite a lot of people ask about it.’