University takes teachers to heart

20th July 2007 at 01:00
teachers could be given fellowships and free masters courses at one of the country's leading universities as part of an academy sponsorship plan.

University College London (UCL) wants to back a new academy in Camden, north London, with a strong academic ethos.

The school would specialise in maths and science, but would also put world languages at the heart of the curriculum, the university said. It intends to use a fair-banding admissions system.

Teachers would have access to UCL departments and could take university-funded masters courses in academic practice, said Professor Malcolm Grant, Provost of UCL.

"They could receive honorary appointments at UCL, with the aim of supporting their personal development and forging departmental links with the school," he said.

University staff would work with the school, and undergraduate and graduate students would work as mentors with pupils.

If the bid is accepted, the university would benefit from a change in sponsorship rules, which mean that universities do not need to provide the pound;2 million usually required of academy backers.

The UCL proposal includes a science discovery centre with an international programme of science- related activities. Pupils will experience a university learning environment and world-class laboratories, Professor Grant said. Camden council is due to decide on the proposal on July 25. If successful, public consultations will be held before a final decision in October.

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