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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Maryport schools to lead the way for teachers

Every infant school in Maryport will play a part in training England’s next generation of teachers.

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HEADTEACHERS: Members of Maryport’s Ellen group, from left: Wendy Kendall, of Ellenborough and Ewanrigg Infant School, Tina Beddoe, of Maryport infants, Karen Loudon, of Grasslot infants, and Lynn Millington, of Netherton infants

Grasslot Infant School is one of only 200 in the country to have been chosen as new teaching schools by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

The school has entered into a strategic partnership with Ellenborough and Ewanrigg Infant School, Netherton Infant School and Maryport Infant School which means that they, in effect, will also become teaching schools.

They will take a leading role in the recruitment and training of new entrants, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.

Karen Loudon, headteacher of Grasslot Infant School, said it was a unique opportunity and unusual because it involved early years education and incorporated every infant school in the town.

The group is called the Early Learning and Leadership Education Network Teaching School Alliance, or Ellen for short – a nod to the fact that the River Ellen runs through the town.

Headteachers of the four infant schools will work together to strengthen education for all children in Maryport, but will specialise in early years foundation stage and key stage one education.

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated as “outstanding” and mark a shift towards school-centred training.

They work with partner schools, including at least one university, to ensure high-quality initial teacher training and development opportunities.

It will involve schools in research and staff in professional development.

The schools will have specialist training, and the first student teachers will arrive in September 2015.

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