News Ysgol Rhiwabon

Local secondary school Ysgol Rhiwabon have received the prestigious
Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for 2012.

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 English, History, Geography, Science, Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages, 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.

Ysgol Rhiwabon’s English, History and Languages Departments received the Mark in recognition of outstanding and inspired teaching in these areas carried out in 2011/12. The school became one of less than a hundred in England and Wales to have more than one department receive the award.

The PTI’s Schools Programme is open to all of the 3350 state secondary schools in England and Wales. 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.

Mr Alun Harding, Head of Ysgol Rhiwabon said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our departments’ innovative work and will be proud to carry the Mark on our stationery and website as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching.”

For the complete list of the schools that have been awarded the PTI Mark this year, see www.princes-ti.org.uk