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Hethersett to inspire brilliant teaching

Published on 28/06/16

Teaching standards across East Anglia will be boosted by a new Norfolk-based teaching school from September.

Hethersett Academy, near Norwich, has been named as the region's newest National Teaching School by the National College for Teaching and Leadership - a national designation that recognises its skill in developing high-quality teachers.

Part of the Inspiration Trust, the academy will champion training and development of classroom staff both within the trust and with other local schools.

Hethersett's principal Gareth Stevens, who will lead the initiative, has been made a National Leader of Education.

The news comes after Hethersett was rated Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in January, and recorded some of the highest GCSE results in Norfolk last August.

Mr Stevens said: "This is fantastic recognition of the hard work of not just our students, but also our staff in their commitment to great teaching.

"We already work closely with our local primary schools and with other schools at all ages across the Inspiration Trust and this teaching school status will help us ramp up that work.

"It is crucially important that teachers have the right skills to support students and keep their professional knowledge fresh right through their careers."

Hethersett Academy will be closely supported by the Inspiration Trust's new director of education, Christine Counsell, who takes up post in October from her role leading teacher training at the University of Cambridge.

The teaching school will also link up with the Norfolk and Suffolk Maths Hub which is jointly led by the Trust's Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Norwich, and Kesgrave High School, Ipswich.

Inspiration Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "Our academies have an enviable record of improving teaching standards and this will give us the opportunity to super-charge that, both within the Trust and for schools across East Anglia.

"We are delighted that the National College for Teaching and Leadership has recognised our strength in this area and its backing will help us make an even greater difference for young people in our region."