Teachers join up to raise education standards in Portsmouth

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SCHOOLS across the city are preparing to pull together in a bid to improve the standards of education.

The Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance has launched in the city and infant, junior, primary and secondary schools have been invited to join up.

Both mainstream and special schools have been included.

The alliance aims to build on strengths in education within the city.

It would see different ways of improving education such as trainee teachers receiving extra support at the start of their careers. Training would also be provided for teaching and support staff who work in a leading role.

And teachers can work alongside other teachers and observe them in lessons to improve the way they work and learn from others.

It comes after Portsmouth City Council recently launched a new education strategy to raise the standard of learning and the aspirations of children in the city.

Alison Beane, headteacher of Mary Rose School, a special school in the city, led one of the workshops when the alliance was launched at a conference.

She said: ‘The alliance is a group of schools who are committed to working together to drive up standards. I think if we can get the commitment and the trust and the belief to work together and use the best practice that is available to us, we can really raise standards.’

Headteachers, governors and representatives from universities and further education institutions were invited to the launch to hear more about it.

‘People have been really positive about it,’ Mrs Beane added.

‘I have had a lot of people say how much they have enjoyed it and how useful it’s been and how much they have learnt from it.’

Admiral Lord Nelson School has also signed up. Jane Beecher, associate deputy head, said: ‘It could be a really exciting opportunity for us to work together and to get teaching and learning as a central part of our work.

‘It’s seeing learning as a progression from where the children start in early years up to leaving at secondary school, which can only strengthen the experience of students. It’s a great model for students to think that your teachers are always involved in learning and furthering practice.’