The school is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for 2015.
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 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.
Colyton’s Maths department received the Mark in recognition of their action research in how best to support student independence in maths, particularly with regard to summarising their ideas in a concise, mathematically correct form. This work is ongoing and this year is the final (third) year of the research process.
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.
Headteacher Mrs Wainwright said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our Mathematics department’s innovative work, and will be proud to carry the Mark on our stationery and website as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching. We are also pleased to announce that the Geography department has embarked on the same programme”.Photo: Head of Maths Mr Davis and Headteacher Mrs Wainwright with the Award Certificate