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Schools to tackle standards.

FIVE Birmingham schools are among the first in the country to be tasked with driving up standards in the classroom.

Bartley Green School, Arthur Terry in Sutton Coldfield, Bishop Challenor in Kings Heath and Greet Primary School in Sparkhill will guide other schools in challenging circumstances and help train new recruits into the teaching profession.

Also on the list is King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS) in Edgbaston, which is the only independent school in the country to take part.

The schools beat off competition from 1,200 others across the country to be given teaching school status by the National College for School Leadership.

Birmingham City Council education chief Coun Les Lawrence said: "This is phenomenal recognition of the quality of education provision in this city, both at primary and secondary level, as exemplified by the schools that have been chosen in the first instance. There are a number of other schools that are equally qualified so this is just the start."

Teaching schools will also work hand-in-hand with universities to help provide a strong supply of new teachers, as well as developing the next generation of head teachers.

KEHS principal Sarah Evans said: "We have long worked with other schools in both the state and independent sectors.

"We believe in the huge benefits to everyone of sharing the best ideas and practice."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Aug 4, 2011
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