Merton schools have been selected by the National College for School Leadership for an important new nationwide scheme aimed at further raising teaching standards.
Out of over 800 applications from schools across the country, 100 were chosen to be awarded teaching school status. Merton schools Cricket Green and Perseid were selected to lead on excellence in the educational needs sector and Hillcross will be a teaching school for the primary sector.
Schools with the new teaching school status will lead groups of schools and have links with partners including universities, to provide the initial training of student teachers and the professional development of teachers currently in the profession.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for children’s services and education, Councillor Maxi Martin, said:
“I am delighted that three of our schools have been selected as outstanding examples in their field. They will be used to help other schools within the Merton and across the country improve standards. This underlines the rapid progress that schools in Merton, through our new Merton Education Partnership initiative, play in raising the standards of education provided to our children.
“To be chosen out of so many schools is testament to our schools’ excellent teaching standards, the dedication of the staff and the strong leadership of the head teachers. Our teaching schools will provide the perfect opportunity for teachers to see the best of their profession at work.”
Chief Executive of the National College, Steve Munby, said: “Teaching schools like Cricket Green, Perseid, and Hillcross need to be at the top of their game to take on this role – outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school-to-school support.
“We now have over 200 teaching schools around the country who are in a position to harness the finest teaching talent in the profession, to drive school improvement in innovative ways, and bring real benefits to pupils and staff.”