Schools’ trust secures funding to boost reading skills

27 February 2018

Councillor Philip Owen

Pupils’ reading will be boosted in around 35 primary schools in Nottinghamshire thanks to Government funding.

A total of £474,700 funding has been secured by the Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance, part of The Flying High Trust Partnership, as part of a collaborative bid with Nottinghamshire Teaching Schools and Nottinghamshire County Council from the latest round of the Government’s Strategic School Improvement Fund.

Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance, which is a part of Flying High Trust, has led and coordinated the bid and the County Council has welcomed the close partnership working with Nottinghamshire’s teaching School Alliances.

This project will be delivered through a partnership involving Nottinghamshire County Council Education Improvement, Redhill Teaching School, George Spencer Teaching School, Tuxford Teaching School and Toot Hill Teaching School. The Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of primary schools from across Nottinghamshire and beyond, working together to represent primary voice and to share primary pedagogy.

This funding from the Government will be used to improve reading outcomes across primary education by focusing on phonics and other reading practices in early years’ education, the teaching of reading comprehension at Key Stage 2. The project specifically aims to target those pupils who may be disadvantaged, to catch up with their peers.

Chris Wheatley, CEO of the Flying High Trust Partnership who leads the teaching school, said: “We are thrilled to be successful in securing our application. This project is testament to strong collaboration between Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Teaching Schools.

“Drawing on the capacity of the school-led system; we aim to bring about sustainable improvement in reading across priority schools and a legacy of collaborative working to improve reading outcomes for all Nottinghamshire children.”

Councillor Philip Owen, Committee Chairman for Children and Young People’s Services at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Many congratulations to Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance and The Flying High Trust for success in securing this funding which will further raise standards among many primary school children in the county.”

The Flying High Trust is a multi-academy trust for primary schools which was founded in June 2012, building on the success of the Cotgrave Candleby Lane Primary School, the original trust member. This Trust is committed to sustainable school improvement and works in partnership with the County Council’s Education Teams to develop good practice in schools across the county.

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