Preston school selected to train new teachers

Head teacher Julie Webster with trainee teacher Erica Mileham  in class  and  at the Queen's Drive School

Head teacher Julie Webster with trainee teacher Erica Mileham in class and at the Queen's Drive School

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A city school is living up to it’s Oustanding reputation - by being selected to train the next generation of teachers.

Queen’s Drive Primary in Fulwood has become the city’s first official primary Teaching School.

Part of the being a Teaching School is that we train teachers who already have a degree and will learn in a school rather than having to do a Post Graduate Certificate In Education.

Julie Webster

The Black Bull Lane school is already part of the Preston School’s Teaching Alliance but the new status means it will be providing on-the-job training for trainee teachers.

Headteacher Julie Webster said: “Part of the being a Teaching School is that we train teachers who already have a degree and will learn in a school rather than having to do a Post Graduate Certificate In Education.

“It will be 12 months on the job training made up of a term in one school and two terms working with two different key stages ( infant and juniors) in another school.”

Miss Webster said the new status also meant that staff at her school would also be providing training and development for teachers in local schools at various stages of their career - and they will be able to use this to identify potential leaders.

She added: “For example, we have been given funding by the National College ( for Teaching and Leadership) to work with nurseries , alongside staff, to make sure they are aware of what level children should be at by the time they reach school age.”

The school also been given additional funding to enable five Specialist Leaders in Education to be appointed to work alongside teachers in other schools on specific areas, or topics , they want to improve on.

Miss Webster said: “ It is not just about us going into to other schools but our school is benefiting as well.

“Our staff have already come back with some good ideas from other schools.”

Last year the 454-pupil school was so popular it had to build an extra classroom and increase the reception class intake to 90.