The Redhill Academy Trust & The Carlton Junior Academy to lead regional Teaching School Hub

The Carlton Junior Academy and the Redhill Academy Trust have been designated by the Department for Education to lead one of the 87 national centres of excellence for teacher training and professional development in education.

The initiative will see teachers across the country benefit from vital developmental support and expert advice under plans announced by the Department for Education on 10th February.

Andrew Burns, CEO of The Redhill Academy Trust, said: “We are thrilled that the Redhill Trust has been awarded this very important lead role in securing the very best teaching for children across Nottinghamshire, and that our lead primary school, The Carlton Junior Academy, has been recognised as a centre of excellence in this way.’”

The hubs will co-ordinate expert advice and support, helping local schools address the national challenges of recruitment and retention in the profession. They will also provide a vital link between schools and key providers of professional development from initial teacher training through to school leadership.

The new hubs will be operational from this September with each having its own defined geographical area in which to work in partnership with other local schools and trusts to ensure the greatest level of impact.

The Redhill Academy Trust will work with its strategic partners (The Flying High Partnership, Minster Trust for Education and Diverse Academies Trust) to combine expertise and ensure that the very best professional development is available to teachers and staff in all the 211 schools in the designated area of Gedling, Newark & Sherwood and Bassetlaw.  It will also form strong links with the other Nottinghamshire hub, The Flying High hub, to help develop a more cohesive and co-ordinated approach to teacher recruitment, training and development in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire.

Julie Wardle, Director of Primary Education, for The Redhill Academy Trust, said: “I am delighted that The Carlton Junior Academy, has been selected with the Redhill Academy Trust, to lead one of the new Teaching School Hubs in Nottinghamshire. This is testament to the school’s hard work over recent years in securing outstanding outcomes for pupils and also the strength of the Redhill Trust’s local knowledge and partnership working across the region.’

Matthew Parris, CEO of Minster Trust for Education, commented: “The Minster School and Minster Trust for Education are pleased to be part of a group of schools working together in support of the new Teaching School Hub for our region.  Our collaborative approach will help deliver the very best training and support for educators and build the capacity to be responsive to the needs of schools across the region.”

Dave Cotton, CEO of Diverse Academies Trust, added: “I am delighted that The Carlton Junior Academy has been named as the teaching school hub lead school for the Bassetlaw, Gedling and Newark and Sherwood Area.  The teaching school hub will provide an exciting opportunity to build on the strong partnerships we have established and to develop a high-quality training and development offer to support teachers at all stages of their career.  Together, through working in collaboration and partnership, we will all make an incredible difference to the communities we serve across Nottinghamshire.”