Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Oxford's two universities support leadership development in primary schools

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Oxford Brookes University has joined forces with the University of Oxford to provide leadership development for staff and governors at primary schools in Oxford. Experts from the University of Oxford’s Department of Education are partnering Oxford Brookes’ School of Education and a consortium of local schools (known as ‘Education Excellence in Oxford’) in an effort to improve numeracy and literacy levels in the city’s primary schools. The initiative is sponsored by Oxford City Council. The programme will benefit 11 schools identified by Oxford City Council. Called the ‘Leadership for Learning programme’, it will run in two year-long cycles with about 40 people participating each year from the 11 schools. The ‘Leadership for Learning programme’ is being funded by Oxford City Council as part of its initiative The Oxford Challenge World Class Teaching. Staff and governors from the participating schools will receive up to 12 training days a year with leading national and international researchers and practitioners. There will be three one-day workshops, two meetings twice a term to address shared concerns as well as coaching and mentoring link-ups with senior management teams from some of the most experienced educational leaders in the county. Parents will also be invited to take part in a series of six public seminars planned for each year to explore relevant issues affecting their child’s primary education. Programme Director Ian Menter, professor of teacher education and director of professional programmes at Oxford University, said: “Oxford University’s Department of Education and Oxford Brookes University School of Education are recognised UK leaders in teacher education. We hope that through this partnership and working with the Oxfordshire school consortium, we will be able to support primary education in the city of Oxford.” Helena Mitchell, Head of the School of Education at Oxford Brookes, commented: “The School of Education is delighted to be involved in this initiative. We look forward to working with our partner schools and with Oxford University on this exciting and innovative programme.” 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.