Brilliant teaching and leadership

Our aim is to increase the number of good school places so that every pupil has access to high quality teaching and learning in school. 

Why this is an issue

The biggest educational influence on raising secondary attainment is the quality of teaching and leadership, and this is particularly important for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Locally, secondary leaders report difficulty recruiting high-quality subject-specific teachers which means schools are forced to draw on existing teaching staff to teach outside of their specialism.

The opportunity for young people to attend a school where the leadership and management has been rated good or outstanding is lower than national levels, particularly for those pupils who are eligible for free school meals.

What we will do

We will:

  • Continue to support multi-academy trusts to be high performing and sustainable
  • Build leadership capacity at all levels
  • Create a comprehensive continuing professional development offer available to all secondary school teachers
  • Improve subject-specific leadership and teaching models in English, maths, and science

Our targets

By 2020/21:

  • 700 more free school meals-eligible secondary pupils will be able to access a place in a mainstream secondary school rated good or outstanding
  • At least 40% of young people in 80% of mainstream secondary schools will secure a level 5 pass in English and maths
  • 240 more young people will achieve the EBacc element of science