Teaching School Status
For Batley Girls’ High School

Further recognition of the school’s outstanding work

Batley Girls’ High School was awarded
Teaching School status in May.

The school is just one of 40 schools that has been selected to become a national teaching school in the latest Department of Education recruitment
rounds, taking a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. Julie Haigh, the Co- Headteacher has also secured National Leader of Education status (NLE). National leaders of education use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership to other schools in need of support.

Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for the School System, said: “I’d like to congratulate the school and Julie Haigh on being appointed as a teaching school and a national leader of education. They should be very proud of this achievement. Teaching schools
and national leaders of education are supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders.”

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools, universities and local education authorities in an alliance to
provide high quality school-led initial teacher
training and professional development opportunities
for teachers at all stages of their career.

The Director of the teaching school, Emma Rodrigues, explained what the plans for the future are. “Batley Girls’ will just continue to do all the excellent work that is has been doing for years. By gaining teaching school status it means that we have been recognised for all the support we give other schools, and the excellent School Direct teacher training packages that
we offer with Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University. We are really excited to be working with other key partners to look at how we can address such current issues as improving mental health and widening careers opportunities within the local community.”

Debbie Goddard, Director of Continuing Professional Learning and Development said “As a school we have been at the forefront of training for teachers. We are frequently asked by other local education authorities and schools to go and share our ideas and methods on teaching and learning. I am really pleased that we have been recognised for all the innovative ways we teach and this is a very exciting time for us all.”

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