Teachers inspire students from DfE ‘opportunity area’

Friday 4 Jan 2019

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Earlier this year, AQA funded places for 12 teachers from social mobility ‘opportunity areas’ to go on a residential training course, run by The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI). The aim of the training was to improve their subject knowledge and learn some exciting new ways to teach.

AQA decided to offer the places to schools in the most deprived areas – those with poor attainment and low social mobility where teachers might struggle to benefit from access to training and development.

Teachers Alan Morris and Samantha Plant from Ormiston Horizon Academy in Stoke-on-Trent say they’ve been using the skills and knowledge they acquired to raise the aspirations of their students.

Since returning for the new school year in September they’ve connected regularly with various other schools to share ideas around outstanding practice. They’ve also done some early engagement with local primary schools to ensure consistency and high quality teaching from early years education at Key Stage 1 to further education.

Steph Cook, Senior Relationship Manager at AQA, said about the funding:

“It’s great to be able to give teachers this opportunity. We decided to offer the places to schools in the most deprived areas, those with poor attainment and low social mobility where teachers might struggle for training and development.

“The schools we’ve given the places to are in line with the Department for Education’s opportunity areas, aiming to boost social mobility where it’s most needed.”

“We’ve had really positive feedback from the teachers who’ve attended so far, and they’ve told us about the learning and ideas they’ve been able to take back to their school.”

Andy Fitzgibbon, Headmaster of Ormiston Horizon Academy, said:

“We are so grateful to AQA for funding The Princes Teaching Institute course for two of our science teachers. The training has really motivated and inspired their classroom practice. Their tasks are much more student focused, which has led to greater engagement with the students in the classroom.

“Mr Morris and Ms Plant also have a stronger focus on improving the whole science department and have identified new teaching strategies that can be monitored and evaluated closely.”

Patrick Wigg, Chief Operating Officer at the PTI said:

”We were delighted to welcome Alan and Samantha to our Enrichment Residential in June, as well as other teachers from Bristol and East London, as part of the valuable support that AQA provided to the PTI. We look forward to hosting more teachers funded by AQA in 2019.”

AQA will be funding 12 more places on a PTI residential course in February 2019. The schools chosen for the course are in line with the Department for Education’s 12 opportunity areas, aiming to boost social mobility where it’s most needed.

For more information about PTI residential courses please visit their website: www.ptieducation.org