The Lead and Emerging Practitioner Schools programme is designed to spread best practice and leadership expertise from high performing primary and secondary schools to those schools which have made efforts to improve performance with limited success.
The high performing ‘Lead Practitioner school’ will work with the ‘Emerging Practitioner school’ for a period of up to 18 months to help put in place the reforms and mechanisms needed to deliver sustained improvement.
The overall aim of the scheme is to raise primary and secondary schools standards across the board in Wales.
Lead Practitioner schools must have strong leadership in place which has delivered high levels of pupil performance.
They must be able to demonstrate strong performance in reading, writing and mathematics at Key Stage 2 (primary), or in Level 2 including English/ Welsh (first language) and mathematics and/or Level 2 capped in secondary schools, and must be able to show sustained strong performance over the last three years.
Education Minister Leighton Andrews said:
“I have made a clear commitment to raising performance in our schools across the board. To be the best you have to learn from the best.
“The Lead and Emerging Practitioner Schools programme is a great way for our top performing schools to spread their best practice to those schools which are eager to deliver improvements for the benefit of their learners.”
Application forms for schools to apply to join the scheme and guidance notes will be available on www.wales.gov.uk from Monday 14 January – Friday 8 February 2013.