Learning to work together
JUST over a year ago, in August 2012, the Tiverton Co-Operative Learning Partnership was formed, after local consultation met with enthusiastic response.
It has been an exciting first year, and we are now delighted to be able to show our community, in this regular feature, all the learning and creativity that happens every day in our local schools.
So how did it all begin?
Our schools have long worked together for mutual benefit, within a variety of collaborative partnerships. Head teachers and teachers from our schools meet together regularly, to share ideas and to receive training. Learners from our schools often take part in activities organised by the schools working together.
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This has helped all of Tiverton's schools to improve by sharing best practice. In recent years overall attainment has improved significantly in response to the efforts of teachers and the work of all.
The idea of becoming an official co-operative society and formally bringing together a core set of values for all our community to follow, seemed the natural next step for Tiverton's schools.
The idea of a co-op group also means that other members of our community can join us. Anyone who has an interest in Tiverton's children and young people can become a member of the partnership. Companies and organisations who value the local community and its future can join too. We welcomed Heathcoat Fabrics and Tiverton Community Arts Theatre in from day one, and both have had valuable input. Heathcoat Fabrics helped Tiverton High School buy a brand new minibus by matching all fundraising that the school did. On the other hand, the volunteers at Tiverton Community Arts Theatre have put in time and effort to improve the facilities of the theatre, which is based at the High School, which in turn improves the venue for all the community to use and where the pupils of the high school and primary schools, put on their annual shows.
Each fortnight we will celebrate our young people as they follow the core values that we teach them everyday in classrooms in the town, and we are very excited to have a regular opportunity to showcase our talent and community spirit.
Partnership members include: Bolham PS, Halberton PS, Heathcoat PS, The Castle PS, Tiverton High School , Two Moors PS, Bampton CofE (VA) PS, Bickleigh on Exe PS, St John's RC (VA) PS, Rackenford CofE (VA) PS, Wilcombe Primary, PETROC College, Heathcoat Fabrics and Tiverton Community Arts Theatre.