Schools picked to lead the way to better education

TWO North Tyneside schools are among the first to be named by the government as national teaching schools.

Whitley Bay High and Shiremoor Primary have been picked by the National College of School Leadership to offer the benefit of their expertise to other schools.

Both schools – among 100 chosen nationwide– will now offer support to their peers, with help from Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Durham universities.

Whitley Bay High was selected due to its outstanding track record in teaching, learning and staff development.

It achieved 31 outstanding grades in its March 2010 Ofsted report, and its students achieve consistently high results at GCSE and A-level.

Headteacher Adam Chedburn, recently named as a national leader of education, said: “This is very good news for the local community and for North Tyneside.

“The leadership of teaching and learning has been our highest priority throughout my years of headship here.

“This is a wonderful affirmation of the quality of work which goes on in classrooms every day, and also of the high quality training in teaching and learning which has gained the school regular national attention.”

Shiremoor Primary has been rated outstanding by Ofsted at its last three inspections, and its headteacher, Helen Clegg-Hood, was one of the first national leaders of education.

She said: “We are delighted to have been designated as a national teaching school and look forward to playing our part in shaping the future of education in the region.”

Steve Munby, chief executive of the national college, added: “To take on this role, teaching schools need to be among the best in the country.”