RSA Academy Arrow Vale chosen to help train the next generation of teachers

​RSA Academy Arrow Vale has been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers. Arrow Vale is one of only 60 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in this round, becoming a National Teaching School. Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.  This is great news for education and schools in Redditch as it will identify Redditch nationally as being at the forefront of teaching and learning. This will undoubtedly help in the recruitment of outstanding teachers to the area.

Principal of Arrow Vale RSA Academy, Guy Shears, said: “I am delighted that Arrow Vale RSA Academy has been granted teaching school status as part of the RSA Academies Teaching School alliance.  This will enable us to extend and develop our work in Redditch and beyond to support teachers at all stages of their careers.”   

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme.

Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “RSA Academy Arrow Vale should be very proud of this achievement. The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.

“There are now 600 Teaching Schools around the country with more to follow. They are at the heart of an increasingly school-led system, leading the way in improving the quality of our teachers and helping the schools in their partnership to become even better. Like Teaching Hospitals, they have become centres of excellence across the country, conducting research and training teachers.”

Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are all rated as “outstanding". They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.

They raise standards through school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.  RSA Academy Arrow Vale is one of three schools in the RSA Family of Academies  selected to become National Teaching Schools as part of a new RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance. RSA Academy Arrow Vale, Redditch; Whitley Academy in Coventry; and Holyhead School in Birmingham, are three of only 60 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.

The RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance will benefit all schools in the RSA Family, including Ipsley CE RSA Academy and RSA Academy Tipton, as well as working with other local schools.


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