New Teaching School Hubs announced for Gloucestershire
By Sarah Wood
Two Cheltenham schools will provide expert advices to other schools in the county, following an announcement by the government.
Every school in the county will have greater access to expert teacher training and development, under new plans announced by the Department for Education.
The teaching workforce will get best-practice and expert advice on how best to engage with pupils, lesson planning and classroom management as part of new Teaching School Hubs being rolled out across the country.
The two Teaching School Hubs for Gloucestershire will be Pate's Grammar School - providing support to schools in Forest of Dean, Gloucester and Tewkesbury - and Balcarras School - providing support to schools in Cheltenham, Cotswolds and Stroud.
The hubs, backed by £65million of new government funding, 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.
Every hub in England will serve an average of 250 schools. They will be operational and helping schools from September.
Nick Gibb, school standards minister, said: "We know teachers are already providing the best education possible for pupils, and this is especially true while schools are closed to most pupils.
"These new Teaching School Hubs will further support the profession by providing the best possible training and development opportunities.
"It is important that teachers and school leaders feel supported in their career. The hubs will make this substantially easier, with expert practitioners able to give experienced advice to those schools able to benefit from it."
There will be a total of 87 hubs across England, built around some of the best schools and multi-academy trusts. It means that, for the first time, every school in England will have access to a local centre of excellence for teacher training.
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