A recent article, published in Nursery World, focusses on the Bristol Early Years Teaching Consortium, the consortium that comprises of us (St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre) and Redcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre, both awarded National Teaching School (NTS) status.
A Bristol consortium has become increasingly influential in providing research-based support via Specialist Leaders in Education to schools and early years settings. Marianne Sargent reports
Since it was founded in 2011, the Bristol Early Years Teaching Consortium (BEYTC) has gone from strength to strength and is now renowned as a research base with 21 Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs) working in partnership with Bristol County Council to provide support in a range of specialist areas to schools and early years settings across the city.
The consortium now comprises Redcliffe and St Paul’s Nursery Schools and Children’s Centres, both integrated settings, rated outstanding by Ofsted and two of the first nurseries in the country to be awarded National Teaching School (NTS) status.
Collectively, the two schools offer more than 45 continuing professional development courses (CPD), including a range of bespoke research and study days, short courses, higher education programmes at masters level, and initial teacher training in collaboration with the University of Gloucestershire and Bath Spa University.
‘It has been incredibly exciting,’ says Lucy Driver, executive head of St Paul’s and National Leader of Education (NLE). ‘It has at last put early years right at the heart of the whole of the local authority cross-phase agenda.’
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