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University of Brighton Academies Trust launches innovative teaching programme

Published: Wednesday, 11th September

Staff at the University of Brighton Academies Trust celebrated the start of the academic year with the launch of a new, innovative teaching programme, known as TEEP (the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme).

The programme aims to boost the progress and educational outcomes of the students and pupils attending schools within the Trust, by improving the quality of teaching.

It has been developed following a successful bid to the Department for Education’s Hastings Opportunity Area fund, with matched funding provided by the University of Brighton Academies Trust, which could enable all 15 schools within the Trust to participate.

The innovative programme builds on previous training, so that the Trust’s teachers will participate in high quality professional development on the nationally recognised TEEP approach. TEEP supports teachers to develop interesting and motivating lessons whilst accelerating students’ progress and improving attainment. The St Leonards Academy already holds TEEP Ambassador School status, which means that expert accredited staff can train every teacher in the Trust on the teaching approach.

The new teaching programme will be supported by curriculum developments in years 5 to 8, designed to enable students make excellent progress from primary to secondary education. Strengthened assessment arrangements, facilitated by collaboration of teachers across the Trust, will improve the accuracy of data so that early intervention and additional support can be provided to students.

Teachers from the Trust’s three secondary academies, The Burgess Hill Academy, The Hastings Academy and The St Leonards Academy, attended the launch event, which outlined the programme, including plans to extend it to its primary and infant academies.

Helen Howard, Executive Director of School Improvement, said: ‘I firmly believe that the biggest impact on student outcomes is excellent teaching and learning. This new programme marks an exciting initiative for the Trust, by supporting our teachers through quality training and collaborative working’.

Dr John Smith, Chief Executive said: ‘Our staff do amazing things every day to support students and pupils, their families and the community. I am delighted that this programme will provide new opportunities for high quality professional development, collaboration and sharing of excellent practice so that our students are inspired to meet their potential.’