Key staff hired in new bid to improve quality of all of Birmingham’s schools

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that a former headteacher with a track record of turning around failing schools has been appointed to a key role in a new drive to improve education in Birmingham.

Birmingham Education Partnership has been tasked with boosting the number of schools in the city that are rated as “good” or “outstanding” by watchdog Ofsted. As of last December, just 53 per cent of Birmingham’s 418 schools were rated ‘good’ – seven per cent fewer than the national average.

And now it has appointed Tracy Ruddle as director of Continuous School Improvement as BEP begins its role in boosting the quality of Birmingham schools.

Ms Ruddle has had a successful 30-year career in the education sector, including pulling Corngreaves Primary School in Cradley Heath out of special measures.

Within four years of becoming executive headteacher at the school she transformed it from “inadequate” to “outstanding”.

Ms Ruddle, who also worked at Timbertree Primary School in Cradley Heath and Brimley Hills Primary in Dudley, most recently worked as a director at a group of schools run by United Learning…

BEP, which represents over 300 schools across the city, has also been recruiting current and former headteachers to lead school improvement – with one head appointed to each of the city’s 10 districts – Edgbaston, Erdington, Hall Green, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Northfield, Perry Barr, Selly Oak, Sutton Coldfield and Yardley…

It comes after respected former education secretary Estelle Morris revealed in August that Birmingham schools face “exciting times” as she has taken the helm of BEP…

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It sounds like an impressive team is being put together here – it will be interesting to see the impact BEP is able to have.

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