NCTSA secures “pot of gold” for schools’ literacy project

The New Collaborative Teaching School Alliance, run from New College Pontefract, has been awarded government funding to improve children’s literacy across Wakefield.

The DfE money will be used to finance an ambitious large-scale programme in which school leaders and literacy specialists will work in partnership to meet targets for children’s reading, writing and speaking.

Project leaders will operate an intensive, five-term programme in which teachers, teaching assistants, and school leaders will develop whole school strategies to enable all children to succeed, regardless of their starting point or circumstance.
New College’s teaching school worked in collaboration with a range of partners in preparing the application for the funding. These include the Pontefract Academies Trust and Aspire Teaching School Alliance in Wakefield, who are specialists in primary education.

Pauline Hagen, CEO of the New Collaborative Learning Trust, said: “We are immensely pleased that the DfE have approved our application. The funding will allow us to put a large resource where it is most needed. Strong literacy brings opportunities in life and it levels this opportunity for everyone. All of us who worked together on the application share a deep commitment to this levelling of opportunity and we want to have an impact which will be sustained at the end of the project.”

NCTSA is part of the New Collaborative Learning Trust, which runs New College Pontefract, New College Doncaster and the soon-to-open New College Bradford.



Photo, left to right –

Jo Cross, Deputy Head, Castleford Academy.

Pauline Hagen OBE, CEO, New Collaborative Learning Trust.

Mandy Pickles, Executive Principal of Half Acres and Ackton Pastures Primary Federation.

Sue Vickerman, Principal of Gawthorpe Community Academy and Head of Aspire Teaching School.

Stuart Nash, NCLT Trust Director for Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

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