'This has switched the light back on for me'

17th September 2004 at 01:00
Westbury-on-Trym CE primary is part of a network of 12 schools in Bristol called Opportunity Zone.

Each school appoints a "lead learner" who is released to work with the network. This enables these staff to look at teaching and learning in the networked schools and share what they find.

The school's representative, Miranda McCabe, has been teaching for 26 years. She says the networked community renewed her passion at a time when she felt like leaving.

"I felt that the constraints of policies and targets and the restrictions of the literacy and numeracy hours were taking away the creativity," she says.

"This has switched the light back on for me. This is getting back to what it's all about, and why I came into it.

"I've known young teachers who were planning to leave but who've stayed as a result of feeling valued and working with other people."

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