The Mead Educational Trust (TMET) and St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Trust are delighted to announce that they have secured the opportunity to deliver school improvement and teacher development across Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland. From September 2021, the existing national infrastructure of nearly 800 Teaching Schools will be replaced by just 81 regional Teaching School Hubs. Both local organisations have been awarded this opportunity through a rigorous, competitive application process. The Leicester and Leicestershire Teaching School Hub (TMET) will predominantly deliver for schools in Leicester City, Blaby, Harborough and Oadby & Wigston. The Leicestershire & Rutland Teaching School Hub (St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Trust) will predominantly deliver for schools in Charnwood, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Rutland.
Between them, the hubs will have responsibility to work with and support the professional development of teachers at all stages of their careers in over 400 schools across the region. The key priorities that the Department for Education expect the new Teaching School Hubs to focus on are Initial Teacher Training, supporting new teachers through the Early Career Framework, delivering the National Professional Qualifications, providing support services for Newly Qualified Teachers and delivering other researched-informed professional development. Within the bids made by both organisations, there was a firm commitment to work collaboratively to meet this broad agenda and, particularly, to bring together a wide range of delivery partners. This will create the best possible capacity and coverage for teacher development across the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland region.
The Mead Education Trust CEO, Carolyn Robson and St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Trust CEO, Neil Lockyer said “We are so pleased to have this chance to further the collaboration, support and development opportunities for teachers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Teachers have responded magnificently to the challenges we have seen over the last year, a year in which everyone working in education has had to learn new skills and approaches. We see our new Teaching School Hubs as being a platform to build on this success, giving educational professionals the opportunity to learn from best practice, and highly effective research. We look forward to working with a wide number of partners across the region, including many who have built excellent reputations for teacher training and development”.