IT is an outstanding school which has chosen to become an academy.
And now Moor End Technology College will become a beacon for other schools throughout the country, sharing its expertise on leadership, community cohesion and curriculum.
The Crosland Moor school, which has 760 pupils and is due to become an academy in May, has been awarded Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Consultant School Accreditation status.
That’s in recognition of its work supporting and working with colleagues from other schools across the country.
Since 2008, the college has hosted staff from more than 100 schools on a range of leadership and management training courses. It has also worked with other Kirklees schools in delivering training events as part of the SSAT Kirklees Hub.
Last week the college hosted 20 staff from schools across the country, looking at the school’s work on the curriculum, teaching and learning, community cohesion and pupil support and guidance.
They had a key note speech from the headteacher Jane Acklam, toured the school and observed lessons as part of the training programme.
The event coincided with a visit from Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney, who toured the school and also observed lessons with the chairman of governors Mrs Louise Couzens-Abbott.
Moor End’s work with schools nationwide is furthered by JaneAcklam’s recent appointment as a National Leader of Education, one of only a handful of local headteachers chosen for a top role in supporting schools nationwide who are in challenging circumstances.
In the latest recruitment round, Jane is one of 100 heads to be selected from across the country.
She will be attending the National College’s Learning and Conference Centre in Nottingham later this month for a formal induction and training for the role in driving school improvement.
She said: “It is estimated that well over half a million pupils have already benefited from the National Leaders of Education/ National Support Schools scheme since it was set up five years ago and many in the scheme see improvements in exam results at both the support and client schools with progress achieved in excess of the improvements nationally.”
National Leaders of Education (NLEs) use their success and professionalism as school leaders, along with the staff in their school – designated a National Support School. They provide additional leadership capability in struggling schools or to those in transition to federation or academy status.
The deployment is tailor-made to suit the needs of each school.
The type of support provided is flexible and can involve NLEs becoming acting or executive headteacher of the client school or schools.
They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.
For secondary schools supported by the scheme between 2008 and 2010, the rate of improvement in the percentage achieving five or more A* to C grade GCSEs (including English and maths) is almost twice that compared to those who had not had this support.
Last year’s annual Oftsed report showed of all the schools that came out of special measures during 2009/10, almost one quarter (24%) had been assisted by an NLE.
Toby Salt, deputy chief executive of the National College, said: “This is about the best school leaders helping the rest. It’s fantastic that heads like Jane Acklam are looking beyond their own school gates and support others to help more and more pupils get the best start in life.”