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11 September 2017
Southwark Teaching School Alliance has grown rapidly in the last year, and in September 2017 we are launching five professional development programmes and a new school improvement programme seeking to narrow the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their more affluent peers. We are also launching a new membership offer and have just been designated a Schools Partnership Programme hub.
The Programme Manager we are seeking to recruit will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of all these programmes, as well as deputising for the Director, who works part time. This is the perfect opportunity for someone looking to use their project management skills, while developing rapidly to become Deputy Director of our expanding Teaching School Alliance.
You can download an application pack here. The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 29 September.
11 September 2017
Southwark Teaching School Alliance and Southwark Council are delighted to have been successful in their joint bid to the Strategic School Improvement Fund. The substantial sum secured will improve outcomes for around 200 disadvantaged pupils in more than a dozen Southwark schools.
Working with Challenge Partners and Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, the project will introduce ‘Challenge the Gap’, a whole-school approach to tackling the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. This initiative draws on the latest research, proven best practice and emerging innovation. It has a track-record of success – including in Portsmouth – and is designed to be sustainable from the start, with leaders and teachers trained and supported to identify and implement the interventions that will work best in their context.
Dr Kate Chhatwal, Director of Southwark Teaching School Alliance, said:
“This is great news for Southwark schools and children, particularly those facing the multiple challenges associated with economic and social disadvantage. It also recognises the power of effective partnership between the Council, Teaching School Alliance and our schools.”
Cllr Victoria Mills, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools at Southwark Council, said:
“We are delighted to have this opportunity to build on our existing success in ensuring every child in Southwark receives an excellent education. This joint project underscores and recognises the value each of the major partners in Southwark can make to school improvement.”
Cassie Buchanan, Headteacher of Charles Dickens Primary, lead school in the bid said:
“43% of pupils at Charles Dickens school are eligible for the pupil premium and most achieve well. However, we know what a challenge it can be to ensure poorer pupils are able to flourish. We are looking forward to working with other Southwark schools and our partners to ensure all disadvantaged children achieve at least as well as their more affluent peers.”
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