Councillor Peter Edgar, Executive Member for Education at Hampshire County Council, said: “Basingstoke schools have been working really hard and achieved positive outcomes for students in the area. This has been reflected in recent Ofsted judgements which have seen, for example, Brighton Hill rated as ‘good’ and Cranbourne College has moved rapidly out of special measures to requiring improvement and is implementing a clear plan of action to further drive up standards.
“In order to draw from the Strategic School Improvement Fund, local authorities work in partnership with a leading Teaching School i.e. one known for best practice and who lead on professional development of teachers, and we are appreciative of the support we have had from Thornden School’s LEaRN Teaching Alliance which was able to lead the bid for us, and on behalf of Basingstoke schools.”
The funding will be used to build on the improvements seen in recent years and continue to raise standards in teaching and leadership, and governance. It will also support work to improve teaching in English, mathematics and the sciences. Basingstoke teachers will work collaboratively with specialist teachers and advisors to grow their knowledge and skills.