Reading Schools – Working Together
Schools in Reading work together as part of well-established networks and partnerships, allowing involvement in a wide range of exciting projects, while supporting continued improvement. Individual teachers can benefit their professional development through involvement.
The following give a flavour of the ways schools are working together, and with the Local Authority:
- Many Reading Schools are judged to be good or outstanding by Ofsted (as at January 2015), and there is the drive and talent within the Borough to take this even higher.
- The population of Reading is rising, and to meet this need there is a programme of expansion to make sure there are enough school places.
- Schools in Reading are well-resourced, with use of technology such as interactive whiteboards and laptops to support teaching and learning.
- The LA has a team of School Partnership Advisers and Subject Advisers who work with schools to help raise standards and support the staff on the front line of delivery.
- Between schools there are subject and year group networks that give access to peer advice and support.
- There is a narrowing the gap strategy in place, with a new adviser to lead on the project, to support the drive to improve outcomes for children further.
- The LA is committed to developing school leaders of the future by working with new middle and senior school managers and investing in their development to help them make the best start.
- The Whitley Excellence Cluster (WEC), with Aspire2, have an arrangement with Ufton Court that gives schools access to the facilities available there, for example log cabins and outdoor learning activities.
- Two schools lead on the School Direct Programme – Geoffrey Field Junior and Christ the King Primary. School Direct offers an alternative route into teaching – see our Routes into Teaching guide for more information.
- There is a partnership with Reading Museum and the Hexagon Theatre. For example the museum provides loan boxes of artefacts that can be used in classrooms to support learning.
- Reading LA acts as the appropriate body for NQTs completing induction – see the NQT page for more information.
- Reading LA works with neighbouring LAs to support NQTs and moderate their work, bringing an even greater pool of experience and skills in to support NQTs in the first crucial year.