LEADER IN LEARNING; Primary School Has Been Picked to Help Raise Standards in Education

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Byline: SANDY McKENZIE

A MIDDLESBROUGH primary school has proved to be a class act and is now to lead in helping to raise standards in other schools.

Pallister Park Primary, in Gribdale Road, is one of only 76 primary schools across England to be granted Teaching School status - a new designation that enables it to lead an alliance of schools to ensure local pupils get the very best learning opportunities.

The Middlesbrough Schools' Teaching Alliance was launched at an event where children from the strategic partner schools - Linthorpe, Green Lane, St Joseph's, Lingfield, Newham Bridge and St Bernadette's - released balloons at Pallister Park.

Steve Munby, chief executive of the National College for School Leadership, said: "To take on this role, teaching schools like Pallister Park need to be among the best in the country - outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school-to-school support.

"Over time, teaching schools will harness the finest teaching talent in the profession to drive school improvement, and bring real benefits to pupils.

"Trainees will learn from the best teachers and those who want to step up to more senior leadership positions will be exposed to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school. …