South Farnham Teaching School Hub
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South Farnham School has been selected to become a Teaching School Hub. This newly designated status will build upon the school’s experience as a National Support School and our work as a pioneering cohort one Teaching School in 2011.
Teachers across the country will benefit from vital developmental support and expert advice, allowing them to improve a broad range of vital teaching skills, under plans announced by the Department for Education this week. The teaching workforce will get best-practice and expert advice on how best to engage with pupils, lesson planning, and classroom management, as the Teaching School Hubs programme is rolled out across the country.
South Farnham School is one of only 87 schools in England selected to be designated as a Teaching School Hub. Each hub will work with a designated area ensuring coverage across the country, serving on average around 250 schools each. They will provide high-quality professional development to teachers and leaders at all stages of their career and play a key role in helping to build up trainee teachers as they enter the workforce. This will further level up the quality of teaching, allowing every child to receive a world-class start in life no matter where they are born.
South Farnham School will lead the SESL 11 region (Guildford, Waverley, Rushmoor, Hart, East Hampshire, Basingstoke and Deane) whilst continuing to work with their current partner schools across Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and the London Boroughs. Relationships with neighbouring Teaching School Hubs, curriculum hubs and national providers will be developed to draw upon the best of regional and national expertise as South Farnham School introduce some of the most exciting changes to teacher development in a generation.
Teaching School Hubs will provide high-quality professional development to teachers at all stages of their careers. South Farnham School will be expected to play a significant role in delivering:
- school-based initial teacher training (ITT)
- the early career framework when it is available nationally from September 2021
- the new specialist national professional qualifications (NPQ)
- leadership NPQs
- appropriate body services for early career teachers
South Farnham School’s designation as a Teaching School Hub has recognised the substantial contribution that it makes to teacher development in the area. Surrey South Farnham SCITT currently trains over 140 trainees a year and has been graded Outstanding by OFSTED. The school leads an Appropriate Body supporting and assessing over 110 NQTs in schools across the South East and has trained over 600 schools on the new relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum this year.
‘We are delighted with the fantastic opportunity to work in partnership with so many wonderful schools across the region’
Sir Andrew Carter, KBE – CEO South Farnham Educational Trust
‘This is a tremendous programme that offers teachers world-class support along a clear career pathway. Having piloted the programme for a year, we have seen the enthusiastic response from schools and the positive difference the programme is making to teachers.’
Roger Pope – Principal at Kingsbridge Academy & Chairman of NCTL
"The national roll-out is a great opportunity for system-level change to strengthen and simplify professional development at all stages of a teacher's career. As centres of excellence we pride ourselves on our ability to connect with others locally and collaborate at scale. We look forward to working together and offer our support to you on your journey."
Mark Beyer-Woodgate, Director of the Chafford Hundred Teaching School Hub, Essex
For more information:
- More information on Teaching School Hubs is available on gov.uk: Teaching school hubs - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- More information on the Early Career Framework reforms is available on gov.uk: Early career framework reforms: overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- More information on the National Professional Qualifications reforms is available on gov.uk: National professional qualifications (NPQs) reforms - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
South Farnham Teaching School (pre-designation as a Teaching School Hub)
On September 1st 2011 South Farnham School became one of the first 100 schools to be appointed a Teaching School. This designation followed the Government White Paper which set out the principles of a self-improving school system to be led and facilitated through Teaching Schools.
By 2014 there was a network of 500 outstanding teaching school alliances driving significant improvement in schools
Our role as a Teaching School was to:-
· Collaboratively deliver ITT, CPD, Leadership Development, School-to-School Support and Research and Development
· Designate and broker Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE)
· Develop the next generation of school leaders
We have been delighted to take on this important strategic role which places us at the heart of the national educational agenda. We look forward to developing our work and network as a newly designated Teaching School Hub.