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, History, Geography, Science, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages and Music, regardless of their students’ 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 Mathematics department received the Mark in 2013 and in 2014 the school has been successful in receiving the mark for English and MFL, in recognition of our commitment to fulfil our objectives set jointly with the Prince’s Teaching Institute that focused on providing enrichment activities to raise the profile of these subjects at all levels across the school.
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 students 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.
Mr Clemens, Acting Principal of Uxbridge High School said, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our MFL and English departments’ innovative work and will be proud to carry the Mark on our stationery and website as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching.’
For the complete list of the schools that have been awarded the PTI Mark, see www.princes-ti.org.uk.