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School shines a light on its recent success

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 21, 2014

Stuart Pearce visitng John Taylor High School for a q + A Sessiona nd a short training session with some of the students.....Mike Donoghue - Head teacher, Stuart Pearce

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A SECONDARY school is celebrating after its work to help out other education sites across the UK continues to go from strength to strength.

John Taylor High School, in Barton under Needwood, was last year made a National Teaching School, meaning it would work with schools up and down the country to pass on help and advice about the work that its teachers are doing.

Senior teachers at the school have revealed that they have also been helping to shape the national curriculum as a result as well as working with facilities such as the National Memorial Arboretum to enhance its educational offerings.

Principal Mike Donoghue (pictured) said: “Collaboration and partnership is very much at the heart of National Teaching Schools – both within our alliance of schools, with other schools with whom we work, and with other neighbouring schools.

“We see the 24 participants from 11 different primary, middle and secondary schools that have engaged in our improving teacher programmes, and a further 22 participants from nine primary and secondary schools who have been through the outstanding teacher programme.

“We have had 1,153 bookings onto training courses run by or hosted at John Taylor and the National Forest Teaching School Alliance.

“During this academic year, we have trained 10 new secondary and six new primary school teachers, and we have plans to expand this further next year

“We’re also working across the region on research projects and developments in the national curriculum, organising fantastic events at the National Memorial Arboretum for primary colleagues who are developing the history and geography programmes in place for the forthcoming year.

“Staff from our alliance schools have been working in a number of schools to support their work and we’re really proud of this work that we do.”

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