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Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

THREE Mid­dles­brough schools are set to lead the way in the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion across the town and be­yond.

Macmil­lan Academy, Out­wood Academy Ack­lam and Ack­lam Grangwe have been des­ig­nated “Teach­ing Schools” by the Na­tional Col­lege for Teach­ing and Lead­er­ship (NCTL).

The recog­ni­tion sees the three sec­ondary schools join Pal­lis­ter Park, Pen­ny­man and St Claire’s Pri­maries as bea­cons for oth­ers to fol­low.

Teach­ing Schools work with oth­ers to pro­vide high qual­ity train­ing and sup­port for school im­prove­ment in their lo­cal area.

The des­ig­na­tion is awarded in recog­ni­tion of strong lead­er­ship that pro­motes high qual­ity train­ing, de­vel­op­ment and sup­port to new and ex­pe­ri­enced school staff.

Teach­ing schools fo­cus on de­liv­er­ing teacher train­ing and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, sup­port­ing other schools to im­prove and de­vel­op­ing fu­ture lead­ers.

Ack­lam Grange Ex­ec­u­tive Head­teacher An­drea Craw­shaw said: “This is ex­cel­lent news for Mid­dles­brough.

“Teach­ing School sta­tus means we can re­cruit, train and sup­port teach­ers, and bring new teach­ers into the pro­fes­sion, which is ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal.”

Macmil­lan Academy Prin­ci­pal Phil Latham added: “Teach­ing School des­ig­na­tion will sig­nif­i­cantly help in re­cruit­ing high qual­ity teach­ers into Mid- dles­brough schools. At a time when teacher re­cruit­ment is be­com­ing more chal­leng­ing, this is a big step for­ward.”

Mark Has­sack, Ex­ec­u­tive Prin­ci­pal at Out­wood Academy Ack­lam, said: “We will be join­ing the es­tab­lished Out­wood In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion teach­ing school al­liance.

“As a high per­form­ing multi-academy trust, we are proud to work in Mid­dles­brough to put stu­dents first, raise stan­dards and trans­form lives,” he added.

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