For the last two years we have been working to embed Values across the school. This has involved working with pupils, parents, staff and governors and an inspiring training day with Dr Neil Hawkes, International Consultant for Values-based Education and Leadership. The school selected 22 core values which we focus on monthly on a two-year cycle. The impact of this work on pupils has been extremely positive as they are able to recognise and talk about how Values affect the way they think and behave. On Friday 14th February Dr Hawkes visited Eversley to evaluate our work and awarded the school the Values-Based Education Quality Mark, www.valuesbasededucation.com This award recognises exceptional practice through Values-based education.
Eversley Primary School achieves Teaching School Status.
Eversley Primary School has been selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become a national teaching school – an important role in raising standards. Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.
Eversley was one of only 200 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest designation round.
Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated as “outstanding" and mark a shift towards school-centred training. Eversley will work in alliance with Oakthorpe Primary School, together with other partner schools, including the Institute of Education, to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.
They raise standards through school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.
NCTL has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme.
Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “ Eversley Primary School should be very proud of their teaching school status. It recognises the schools’ outstanding performance and their track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.”
“There are now more than 500 designated teaching schools around the country with more to follow. In an increasingly school-led system, they are leading the way in training new teachers and helping existing teachers develop their skills - ensuring we’ll have the best people teaching our children for generations to come.”
Mrs Wood has this week attended a formal induction in Sheffield, led by the Teaching Schools Council.
Eversley's walking Photographers!
During walk to school week 2014, Eversley children became photographers. As they walked to and from school, lots of children took the opportunity to stop, look around and photograph interesting things they saw along the way. Here are some of their great efforts: