The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark

Cranford Community College is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for Maths 2015/16.

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 Maths department received the Mark in recognition of its commitment to fostering a love for the subject among the students through exciting teaching and innovative events including puzzle days and competitions such as team Maths challenges and Rock star Times tables.

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.

In order to become members of the Schools Programme, schools must consider particular criteria for excellence within subject specialist provision:

  • Clear commitment to the subject specialism
  • Evidence of a high level of pupil engagement and attainment in the subject
  • Pupils’ access to a range of extra-curricular activities related to the subject, both within school and off-site
  • Subject-based links and partnerships with other schools and areas of the community
  • Breadth and depth of study, ensured through coherent planning and monitoring
  • Coherence and challenge, identified and developed in curriculum planning and delivery
  • Departmental commitment to subject-based Continuing Professional Development
  • Effective and inspiring teaching.

Mr Kevin Prunty Executive Headteacher, National Leader of Education said, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our Maths 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.’

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