We are delighted to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) Mark in Leadership, Art, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music and Science.
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 the teaching of Art, English, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Science, 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.
The School’s Art, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music and Science departments received the Mark in recognition of a variety of curriculum and enrichment opportunities. The Geography Department have developed new schemes of work and resources at GCSE and A-level with other stakeholders, as well as supporting local primary schools; the History Department have explored and extended the use of independent enquiry and research at Key Stage 5 A-level to stretch the academically most able; the Music Department have developed and extended extra-curricular provision and after-school clubs to support school productions and concerts, as well as compiling evidence for the Arts Mark; and the Art and Science Departments have been developing and extending links with local university departments, businesses, museums and galleries and have undertaken scientific research projects. All of this was carried out in 2015/16 and continues into the current academic year.
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 pupils 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.
Dr James Kilmartin, Headteacher, said, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our Art, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music and Science department’s innovative work, and will be proud to carry the Mark on our stationery and website as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching.’