The College is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for 2014/15.

The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance teaching, regardless of their pupils’ backgrounds or abilities. It is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision.

Our English department received the Mark in recognition of the work done by those departments in 2014/15 in response to membership of our Schools’ Programme.

The PTI’s Schools’ Programme is open to all state secondary schools in England. To become members, school departments must demonstrate their commitment to increasing teachers’ subject knowledge, and to furthering their students’ understanding of and enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of their background or ability. To achieve the PTI Mark, departments then have to demonstrate that they have increased the challenge within their subject curriculum; developed their staff’s own specialist subject knowledge; developed subject-based links outside school; and enthused their students through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum.  After three years of Schools’ Programme membership, departments may choose to become Associate Departments by devising an advanced multi-year programme in one of these areas. As Associate Departments they will share their growing expertise with others in the Schools’ Programme to the benefit of all.

Principal, Mr Ball, said, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our English department innovative work, and will be proud to carry the Mark on our stationery and website as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching.’

The Schools Programme recognises and facilitates the achievement of excellence in schools and is an expansion of the annual Summer Schools run by The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI).

In order to become members of the Schools Programme, schools must consider particular criteria for excellence within subject specialist provision:

  • Clear commitment to the subject specialism
  • Evidence of a high level of pupil engagement and attainment in the subject
  • Pupils’ access to a range of extra-curricular activities related to the subject, both within school and off-site
  • Subject-based links and partnerships with other schools and areas of the community
  • Breadth and depth of study, ensured through coherent planning and monitoring
  • Coherence and challenge, identified and developed in curriculum planning and delivery
  • Departmental commitment to subject-based Continuing Professional Development
  • Effective and inspiring teaching.

The school’s Head of Department decides how his/her departmental plan for the forthcoming year can be enriched through ideas gained from participation at a Prince’s Teaching Institute Schools Programme Day or Summer School.

A written application form is reviewed by teachers from other schools who work with The Prince’s Teaching Institute, and the objectives for the department are mutually agreed. The PTI Mark is given at the end of the year for departments that achieve their objectives.

More than 1900 teachers have attended the Summer Schools since the first Prince of Wales Education Summer School was held in 2002. Alumni of the Summer Schools who have chosen to join the Schools Programme meet annually at PTI Schools Programme Days. 

In addition, PTI Regional Events are organised across the country, bringing together local teachers, academics and eminent speakers and writers.

The PTI also organises an annual conference for Headteachers and in 2011/12 launched a Schools Leadership Programme for Heads and their senior leadership teams. In 2014 the PTI hosted its first annual conference for Primary Headteachers and launched a Primary Leadership Programme for alumni of this course.

The PTI was constituted in 2006 as a registered charity (1116224) to provide more systematic support for teachers.  It works in strategic partnership with the University of Cambridge. 

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