Top school to lead the way for others

TOP SCHOOL ... Mortimer Primary headteacher Geoff Seagrove with some of the schools pupils.

TOP SCHOOL ... Mortimer Primary headteacher Geoff Seagrove with some of the schools pupils.

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A HEADTEACHER says he is delighted his primary school is to be a beacon for others in South Tyneside.

Mortimer Primary School, in South Shields, has been selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become a national teaching school – and play a key role in raising standards.

Teaching schools take a lead role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.

The South Shields school, in Mortimer Road, was one of only 200 schools in England to be granted the prestigious status in the latest designation round.

The school’s headteacher Geoff Seagrove, said: “We are extremely proud to have been awarded teaching school status.

“This recognises the outstanding work and dedication of our staff and pupils.

“Being identified as a teaching school, as well as a national support school, enables us to work with colleagues in other schools to share practice, and further improve the quality of teaching and learning.”

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated as “outstanding” and mark a shift towards school-centred training.

They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for all stages of their careers.

Charlie Taylor, the chief executive of NCTL, said: “Mortimer Primary School should be very proud of their teaching school status.

“It recognises the school’s outstanding performance and its track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.”

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