According to the DFE, Training Schools must “demonstrate training experiences that go beyond that expected of a well-managed institution”. QE became eligible to apply for this second specialism – in addition to its first specialism of Music – because it was recognised as a High Performing Specialist School by the DCSF.
The School had to demonstrate a long-standing commitment to Initial Teacher Training (ITT). A key factor in its success was thus its successful track record of working with PGCE course leaders at the Institute of Education and the universities of Middlesex and Hertfordshire across a number of subject areas.
QE’s Training School activities complement and extend the outreach work already achieved through QE’s first specialism of Music. In particular, the Borough is keen for the School to share its expertise of providing outstanding teaching to very able students at Key Stage 4 and in the Sixth Form.
The School works with the MidWheb Partnership, Middlesex University’s post-graduate professional development programme for teachers. This partnership offers teachers and support staff at QE and other local Barnet schools the opportunity to study for a school-based MA course.
QE also participates fully in the Schools Direct Programme (which has replaced the Graduate Teacher Programme). Approximately six graduate teachers are recruited each year. The Graduate Teachers (GTs) are placed in other local schools for their second teaching experience and, in return, QE accepts GTs from local secondary trainees needing a second school experience placement. We work in a partnership with other outstanding schools in the local area and the University of Hertfordshire.
For further information about Queen Elizabeth’s Training School status please contact the Headmaster's office.