GTS is pleased to receive

The Prince's Teaching Institute Mark for 2015/16

Posted on: 31/10/2016

The Prince's Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance the teaching of Art, English, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Science, regardless of their pupils' backgrounds or abilities. It is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision. 

Our Science department received the Mark in recognition of the increased activities that we run here at GTS; such as hosting a Big Bang at GTS event; providing extensive opportunities through our enrichment programme; developing subject based links with employers; and investment into staff subject knowledge and teaching practices carried out in 2015/16. 

The PTI's Schools Programme is open to all state secondary schools in England. To become members, school departments must demonstrate their commitment to increasing teachers' subject knowledge, and to furthering their students' understanding of and enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of their background or ability. To achieve the PTI Mark, departments then have to demonstrate that they have increased the challenge within their subject curriculum; developed their staff's own specialist subject knowledge; developed subject-based links outside school; and enthused their pupils through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum. After three years of Schools Programme membership, departments may choose to become Associate Departments by devising an advanced multi-year programme in one of these areas. As Associate Departments they will share their growing expertise with others in the Schools Programme to the benefit of all. 

Ms Higgs, Head of Science of Great Torrington School said, 'We are extremely proud that the Science department have been awarded the PTI Mark. Miss Neve-Scott's hard work has led to successfully gaining the Princes' Trust Institute Mark for the first time in July 2016 and is at the beginning of a three year project which will allow us to complete the PTI Schools' programme, which we hope will result in us becoming a designated Associate Science Department of the Princes' Trust.  We are all very proud of this outstanding achievement and are looking forward to continuing the development of our practice.' 

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