Growing Our Own! - WGSP School Direct
This month has seen the start of an exciting new development for our partnership – teacher training! We already have a reputation for developing staff within our partnership, so this was the next logical step. At the beginning of the month, five students started the WGSP Schools Direct Programme. This is an innovative route into teaching which enables our schools to take a leading role in teacher training, working in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire.
School Direct is a way of our schools growing our own teachers and future leaders, so from the beginning of the programme, the students become part of our network of schools with the intention of employing them as teachers once they qualify. The students will be working in schools within our partnership and studying at the university. Their learning will be supported by teachers, mentors and university tutors from across the partnership and a unique training package carefully tailored to suit the needs of the schools, their pupils and their future teachers!
We have also just been informed that we were successful in our application to continue our Schools Direct Programme in 2018-19 and have been allocated nearly double the number of places we have this year. We will start recruiting for this very soon so watch this space!
New Year, New Name, New Logo, New Website
It all started with a comment from a parent at the Country Dance Festival this summer who asked "What is WGSP? What does it do?" and "Why do schools need support if they are not in special measures?" This made us aware that our name was causing confusion about who we are and what we do! As a result of this, we have decided to rename our partnership The West Gloucestershire Schools Partnership.
We also decided whilst we were at it, to update our logo and revamp our website incorporating many of the changes which have been requested to make it more user friendly. Our website is very much a work in progress so please bear with us whilst we upload more information!
We hope you enjoy our make-over!