Fareham primary school to lead way in teaching

PROUD Harrison Primary School headteacher Carolyn Clarke
PROUD Harrison Primary School headteacher Carolyn Clarke

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A SCHOOL in Fareham has become one of the first in England to be selected for an important new role aimed at raising teaching standards.

Harrison Primary School is one of just 100 schools from a total of 1,200 applicants to be granted teaching school status.

Teaching schools will be responsible for leading a group of schools, and working with other partners including at least one university, to provide support for teachers at all stages in their career.

Carolyn Clarke, pictured, Harrison’s headteacher, said: ‘This outstanding achievement by our school is the result of dedicated, hard work and support from the entire school community. I am delighted that their extra efforts have been recognised.’

The scheme, led by the National College for School Leadership, marks a shift from university to school-centred training and development.

Steve Munby, the National College’s chief executive, said: ‘To take on this role, teaching schools like Harrison Primary need to be among the best in the country .

‘Over time teaching schools will harness the finest teaching talent in the profession to drive school improvement and bring real benefits to pupils.

‘Trainees will learn from the best teachers in action and those who want to step up to more senior leadership positions will be exposed to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school.’

The school will spend the first year of the scheme developing its new role.