Oxford universities support leadership development in city primary schools

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

School of education

Today (26 November), an event in Oxford will mark the close of a two-year programme run by Oxford Brookes and Oxford University and funded by the City Council to help primary school staff develop their leadership skills.

Senior and middle leaders from 14 primary schools in the city took part in the programmes which support efforts to improve the attainment levels of children at the schools.

Up to 40 school staff participated each year in a series of sessions led by international experts and leading scholars from the two universities. There were also regular meetings of ‘action learning sets’ in which teachers worked together on shared challenges.

At the event, this year’s participants including Bayard’s Hill, Church Cowley St James, Cutteslowe and John Henry Newman among others, reported back on how the programme has affected leadership roles in their schools and talk about what progress has been made. 

I am delighted that the schools are establishing a network through which they will continue to support to each other

Prof Debra McGregor, Deputy Director of School of Education

Although not all of the annual test results are yet available across the schools, there has been a general improvement in terms of Ofsted grading in the schools, as well as preliminary results showing higher attainment levels.

The City Council have also confirmed that they will continue to support primary headteachers across the city by providing funding for a collaborative partnership project which will be led by the school headteachers. 

The Deputy Director of the programme, Prof Debra McGregor of Oxford Brookes’ School of Education, says: “We were always determined to ensure that the programme wouldlead to continuing leadership development in these schools; in other words thatthe developments would continue after this programme had finished.

“Therefore,I am delighted that the schools are establishing a network through which theywill continue to support to each other and it is very pleasing that the CityCouncil is supporting this.

Oxford Brookes University School of Education is a recognised outstanding provider of teacher education as designated by Ofsted in 2010.  It is a highly regarded School of Education with a national and international reputation for teacher improvement and teacher excellence and a designated Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training. More information about the School of Education can be found on the website.