head teacher joins schools knowledge sharing project
teachers from Highbridge, Bridgwater, Yeovil and Cannington are
linking up to in a unique new way to boost childrens' education.
Hurr, Head Teacher of King Alfred School in Highbridge, is among
the head teachers who are meeting up in clusters of 'families' to
build relationships between schools, share ideas, swap teachers
and inspire each other in a unique new arrangement.
results of the 'Somerset Challenge' project include 8,600 more students
in the county now being taught in schools judged by Ofsted to be
"good" or "outstanding" than three years ago
- a sharp rise to 95.2% from 65%.
contrast, in 2013 nearly half of secondary schools in Somerset were
"inadequate" or "require improvement".
Hurr is now in the same 'family' group as Gregg Morrison, Principal
of Preston School in Yeovil, Deborah Loveridge, Head Teacher of
Robert Blake Science College in Bridgwater, Mark Thomas, Head Teacher
of Brymore School in Cannington and Peter Hoare, Head Teacher of
Heathfield in Taunton. Other schools in the county are in their
said: "These new Somerset Challenge 'families' are a fantastic
idea to improve the education of every single child in schools across
a big area. It enables long-term relationship building between Heads
and teachers, new innovative ideas and support for each other. Students
are the big winner."
Challenge' is a collaboration of 39 secondary schools working together
for the past three years. The schools are now working in clusters
of 'families' where they share successful ideas to boost education
in subjects, school processes, or even attendance, connecting with
parents, and behaviour. In other parts of the country, very often
competition would be the norm - but 'Somerset Challenge' says it
is bucking the trend.
(right) Denise Hurr, Head Teacher of King Alfred School in Highbridge,
with left to right Deborah Loveridge, Head Teacher of Robert Blake
Science College in Bridgwater, Gregg Morrison, Principal of Preston
School in Yeovil, and Mark Thomas, Head Teacher of Brymore School