School selected as hub to develop teachers

A school has been selected as a new designated hub to help teachers with their professional development.

Alison Pope, head teacher at The Priory School in Shrewsbury
Alison Pope, head teacher at The Priory School in Shrewsbury

The Priory School in Shrewsbury will play a key role in helping current teachers improve their skills and build up trainees as they enter the workforce.

The school is one of just 81 in the country to be selected. Each teaching hub will serve about 250 other schools within a geographical patch. Each hub will be operational from September.

Alison Pope, headteacher at The Priory School, said it was a big deal for the school to be selected.

She added: “There were performance indicators that we had to meet regarding the progress of students. We’re really pleased to be selected.”

The Priory School will be working with partners including Shropshire Primary Partnership based at St Peter’s Primary, Wem, The Severn Teaching School Alliance based at the Bridge School, Telford and Newport Infants.

Roger Pope, chairman of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “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.”

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