West Raynham and Sheringham schools will lead project to improve teaching quality

An outstanding Norfolk primary school will be one of the leaders of a nationwide project that aims to raise the quality of teaching and boost Ofsted ratings.

West Raynham Primary is among 100 'teaching schools' selected by the government for the �19m scheme, which puts schools in charge of helping each other.

And the government hopes the 100 will become the 'engines' to help weaker schools raise their standards and improve pupil behaviour.

West Raynham primary will be supported by Sheringham Primary, which will in September be a local authority teaching school.

Two members of staff from West Raynham, Sheringham, Whitefriars Primary in King's Lynn, Costessey Junior, Eaton Hall Complex Needs School in Norwich and Aylsham High have been trained to deliver the programme across the county.


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They will lead improving teacher and outstanding teacher programmes, with the aim of reaching 84 teachers in the county by the end of spring term 2012.

In a joint statement, West Raynham executive headteacher Chris Allen and Sheringham head Dominic Cragoe said: 'The purpose of these programmes is to support teachers to move their practice from satisfactory to good, or good to outstanding.'

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They added: 'Both schools are convinced that in collaboration with the local authority and Diocese of Norwich they can make a massive contribution to the future outcomes for children in Norfolk.'

In all, 57 high schools, 36 primaries and seven special schools will be 'teaching schools' from September.

They will be responsible for leading groups of schools, working with partners including at least one university, to deliver high quality support for teachers.

Norfolk County Council is investing �100,000 in the scheme locally.

Alison Thomas, the council's cabinet member for children's services, said: 'We already have very many fantastic teachers in the county and the teaching school model will give them new opportunities to share their talents with other teachers, supporting even more staff to deliver good or outstanding lessons.

'To have one of only 100 teaching schools nationally and one of only 36 in the primary sector is a fantastic achievement for the county.'

Announcing the 100 'teaching schools', education secretary Michael Gove said: 'I am delighted we have the first hundred of the best schools in the country, led by the best heads, becoming teaching schools from this September.

'We want teaching schools to become the engines that will help weaker schools to raise their academic standards and to improve behaviour.'

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