New College Pontefract hosts successful SSIF launch

School leaders and partners from around the Wakefield district came together for the successful New Collaborative Teaching School Alliance SSIF (Strategic School Improvement Fund) bid launch event at New College Pontefract.  The event featured a thought provoking presentation on children’s achievement delivered by Tess Mason, TSC regional adviser for schools and academies.

There were also talks from Pauline Hagen, CEO of the New Collaborative Learning Trust, Stuart Nash, NCLT Trust Director for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, George Panayiotou, Headteacher and CEO of Castleford Multi Academy Trust, and Jo Cross, Deputy Headteacher, Castleford Academy.

The DfE money will be used to finance an ambitious large-scale programme in which school leaders and literacy specialists will work in partnership to meet targets for children’s reading, writing and speaking.

Project leaders will operate an intensive, five-term programme in which teachers, teaching assistants, and school leaders will develop whole school strategies to enable all children to succeed, regardless of their starting point or circumstance.
New College’s teaching school worked in collaboration with a range of partners in preparing the application for the funding. These include the Pontefract Academies Trust and Aspire Teaching School Alliance in Wakefield, who are specialists in primary education.

Pauline Hagen, CEO of the New Collaborative Learning Trust, said: “We are immensely pleased that the DfE have approved our application. The funding will allow us to put a large resource where it is most needed. Strong literacy brings opportunities in life and it levels this opportunity for everyone. All of us who worked together on the application share a deep commitment to this levelling of opportunity and we want to have an impact which will be sustained at the end of the project.”