Wiltshire

Swindon schools given responsibility to help others

Two schools in Swindon have been selected to help turn around under-performing schools in the local area.

Moredon Primary and Nursery school and Drove Primary will be responsible for offering support to those schools that need to improve.

Teacher training, financial advice and future planning help could be offered as part of the support system.

The two schools are among the first in the country to be granted "Teaching School" status.

Moredon and Drove operate as part of the White Horse Federation of Schools in Wiltshire.

Co-executive head teacher Nick Capstick, said: "I could not be happier about this as it really is a milestone for Swindon and our schools in two ways.

"Firstly it recognises the quality and depth of education that is available in Swindon and secondly it will bring an enormous amount of support, training and innovation to our schools."

The status has been granted by the National College for School Leadership which is aiming to introduce 500 teaching schools by 2014.

Steve Munby, chief executive of the National College, said: "To take on this role, teaching schools like Moredon and Drove need to be among the best in the country - outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school-to-school support."

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