BBEST continues to boost standards

“It’s about improving the lives of all our children.”

Monday, 15th July 2013, 7:00 am
BBEST chairman Rachel Smart.

A year on from its formation, Park Road Junior and Infant School head teacher Rachel Smart says the partnership formed between 18 primary schools and two secondary schools is going from strength to strength.

BBEST (Batley and Birstall Excellence in Schools Together) is continuing to help schools to become the best they can be, from sharing best practice to setting up networks that focus on priority areas including special needs education, literacy and numeracy.

Schools also come together in smaller clusters based on their geographic locations and information is shared across the partnership via an online portal.

SCHOOLS UNITED Head teachers from BBEST's 20 schools.

On Tuesday BBEST’s head teachers had one of their regular meetings and the group also shares inset days and training programmes.

Communication between pupils and inter-school projects such as the Change 2013 exhibit, which featured BBEST schools, (see News page nine) are also on the rise.

Miss Smart, BBEST chairman, said she was keen to inform parents and the wider community of the benefits of the colloboration. She said BBEST had created a “bigger, better community”.

“I feel that schools that are within the partnership feel very much supported by other schools in that when there are difficulties, there’s always somebody at the other end of the phone able to help,” Miss Smart said.

In the next academic year, BBEST will take on 13 graduate teachers, and training and support is given to teachers aspiring to leadership roles.

The schools within BBEST are: Fieldhead Academy, Birstall Primary Academy, St Peter’s, Carlinghow Princess Royal, Healey, Staincliffe, Manorfield, Purlwell, Field Lane, Warwick Road, Carlton, Mill Lane, Lydgate, Brownhill Infants, Brownhill St Saviours, Park Road, Batley Parish, Hyrstmount, Batley Business and Enterprise College and Batley Girls’ High School.