Bartley Green School
Birmingham, United Kingdom
About Bartley Green School
A National Teaching School
Bartley Green School is a mixed 11-16 converted academy with about 900 pupils on roll, some six miles south west of Birmingham City Centre. As a National Teaching School, Bartley Green School works closely with a group of 10 secondary schools, the Oaks Collegiate, who form our Teaching School Alliance. A number of teachers in Bartley Green School have the opportunity to support teachers in other schools if they so wish, adding to their own development and professional satisfaction or to work collaboratively with peers to develop new curriculum content.
We are particularly proud of our support for teachers in developing their teaching. Perhaps as one of the first 100 schools in the country to be recognised as a “National Teaching School” this is not so surprising. Certainly, we invest heavily in CPD for teachers. We run Improving Teacher Programme (ITP) and Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) courses on site and our aim is for all teachers to participate in one of these courses.
Ethos and Culture
One of the first things visitors usually comment on when they tour our school is the climate for learning, the ethos and culture amongst the pupils and the positive relationships with each other and staff.
A lot goes on in and out of school. On any given day, there may well be educational visits, workshops, enrichment activities, study skills lessons, intervention and mentoring sessions, adults from agencies or the community working with the pupils and of course, enjoyable lessons which are clearly well planned and taught
The Governing Body is extremely effective, recognizing and valuing high quality staff. They understand that everyday classroom practice and the good relationships in the school are at the heart of its continued success. Leadership at all levels in the school is very supportive and as Ofsted 2013 noted “outstanding support and training is provided through the Teaching School provision, to ensure that all teaching is good and that good teachers can improve their practice further”.