New Collaborative Teaching School Alliance welcomes Pontefract Academies Trust

The Teaching School, set up and run by the trust behind New College Pontefract, has this month been joined by one of the largest education providers in the Wakefield area, the Pontefract Academies Trust.

The New Collaborative Teaching School Alliance [NCTSA] provides CPD, support to schools and initial teacher training across the region, and is involved in a variety of projects seeking to improve educational outcomes for young people. Last year, for example, it was awarded £310,000 by the DfE to help raise literacy standards amongst primary schools in the Wakefield area, and it is often involved in school-to-school mentoring projects, sharing specialist support and best practice between different providers.

With the Pontefract Academies Trust as a new partner, the NCTSA now includes 18 different institutions: 3 sixth form colleges, 16 secondary schools and 10 primary schools.

“The Trust are delighted to become a formal strategic partner in the New Collaborative Teaching School Alliance,” said Pontefract Academies Trust CEO, Julian Appleyard OBE. “The quality of the education we provide in our schools is determined by the quality of the teachers we put in front of our pupils. Our eight schools will be able to be part of a school centred teacher training model to train aspiring teachers. It is great that some of our best performing and most experienced teachers and leaders will be involved in the delivery of the training for new cohorts in the profession. This work only serves to continue our close working relationship with New College Pontefract.”

“The teaching school is aiming to build on work already being carried out across all strategic partners on ensuring the latest educational research is being used to continually improve outcomes for young people in our area,” said Ceri Boyle, Teaching School Alliance Lead. “This collaboration will provide even further scope across the region for offering school to school support and excellent initial teacher training.”

“It is exciting that two local Trusts are working closely together in order to benefit the young people from our local community,” added Richard Fletcher, CEO Designate of NCLT, the Teaching School’s parent trust.

Photo left to right:
Julian Appleyard – CEO, Pontefract Academies Trust.
Lisa Bates – NCTSA and Assistant Principal, New College Pontefract.
Ceri Boyle – NCTSA Lead.
Neil Mumby – Assistant Principal – School Liaison, New College Pontefract.
Richard Fletcher – CEO Designate, NCLT and Principal, New College Pontefract.