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Students Will See Improved Experience as School Share Expertise

29 February 2016  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

STUDENTS from across the Yorkshire Dales will see an improved learning experience as three schools join forces to share their expertise. Richmond School and Sixth Form College, The Wensleydale School, Leyburn, and Bedale High School have agreed to work together to ensure the best possible education throughout the Dales. Head teachers and governors are now working together to expand opportunities for the professional development of teachers and curriculum development and delivery. The move is backed by North Yorkshire County Council’s Director of Education Pete Dwyer and MP Rishi Sunak, who has a particular interest in the quality of rural education.  Each school will retain its individuality but will benefit from economies of scale and efficiencies in how they are run.  There will also be opportunities for students to share a range of enrichment activities including sport, culture, student council interaction and careers guidance.  Education is facing increasing pressures financially as a baby boom works its way through schools. As more teachers are needed, last year saw five per cent fewer graduates enter the profession and recruitment in the countryside is made even more difficult because of its isolated nature. Head teacher of Richmond School and Sixth Form College Ian Robertson said: “Students and staff will reap real benefits in the future by the schools working collaboratively as we tap into the community spirit enjoyed by the Dales.” The Wensleydale School head teacher Julia Polley said: “Education in rural areas produces some unique issues which we have the collective expertise to understand and tackle making the area a great place in which to teach and learn.” Bedale High School acting head teacher Sian Rees added: “This is definitely the best direction of travel allowing us to work together to improve student learning, staff development and school curriculum.”

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