A LEARNING trust has been given government backing to sponsor academy schools.
North Tyneside Learning Trust – which brings together 26 schools in the borough, plus public and private sector partners – has been recognised by the Department for Education as an appropriate sponsor of academies.
Established in September 2010, the trust is one of the first borough-wide Learning Trusts in he country, set up to improve young learners’ aspirations and create brighter education and career opportunities.
Mayor Linda Arkley said: “It is significant that the Department for Education has acknowledged that the North Tyneside Learning Trust is a real force for school improvement in the area, and can become an academy sponsor.
“Through the Learning Trust, schools, employers and further and higher education partners are already working together for the good of young people in North Tyneside, and this work is very well respected in the area.
“By supporting academy schools, the Learning Trust will be able to build on the significant and transformational work that it has already done.”
David Baldwin, chair of the learning trust, said: “This is an extremely exciting time for education in North Tyneside.
“We have proven that, through schools working with other schools and with the support of wider partners, we can improve our success.
“Being an academy sponsor enables us to focus this support on a particular school and help lead it to even greater success.”
The North Tyneside Learning Trust will sponsor its first school from September 2012, when Moor Edge Primary School in Killingworth moves to academy status.
Lesley Clelland, headteacher at Moor Edge Primary School, said: “Moor Edge will really benefit from the support that the Learning Trust can bring, as our academy sponsor.
“I am looking forward to the positive changes that come with academy status, including enhanced learning opportunities for all of our pupils.”
For more information on the North Tyneside Learning Trust visit www.ntlearningtrust.org.uk