The Prince’s Teaching Institute is a network of practising secondary school teachers, senior school leaders and headteachers who provide mentoring and support for each other and, together with university academics and eminent speakers, provide subject-based professional development courses for teachers. Working in partnership with the University of Cambridge, we believe that all pupils, irrespective of ability or background, are entitled to be taught by inspirational and knowledgable teachers.
Currently, our activities reach over 140,000 young people, and we hope to grow our activities over the next five years in order to reach 600,000. In order to achieve this, we are grateful to our community of supporters, Patrons and major donors who have joined the 2012 Club.
Currently, there are over 230 state secondary school departments in England and Wales who are participating in our Schools Programme membership scheme and over 100 teachers who lead its activities, supported by an administrative office of 5 people. Over 850 teachers attended PTI events in 2010/11 in our subjects of English, History, Geography, Mathematics, Science and Modern Foreign Languages. In addition, a group of Headteachers and senior school leaders from over 50 schools are participating in our Schools Leadership Programme.
The PTI's events are regularly over-subscribed, and since 2007 over 2,350 teachers have attended an event, with 92% of them anticipating that the course will have a significant impact on their pupils.
The Schools Programme membership scheme is designed for school departments who wish to provide a rich subject experience for their pupils and who wish to increase the challenge of the work they do. Its impact has been considerable - in the first three years of membership, 90% of the school departments participating succeeded in increasing the challenge of their work through more rigorous curriculum choices, more extra curricular activity, staff training and links outside school. This, at a cost of only £2.43 per child in each subject.
Surprising though it may seem, teachers are not required to keep up to date with their subject knowledge, despite research confirming that this is the most important attribute in an effective teacher. As a result, school budgets do not typically include money for our kind of subject-based professional development. So, while the PTI charges schools for its services, these revenues do not allow the organisation to satisfy demand and grow, and we are grateful for the support of donors to enable us to provide and extend our services.
Our aim is to roll out the Schools Programme to over 1,000 departments over the next four years to enable some 600,000 children to benefit from higher aspirations and better, more inspired teaching. In addition, we will build a core of 150 schools where both the Headteacher and one subject department are participating in the Schools Leadership Programme and Schools Programme. These schools will form the basis of an external evaluation, whose aim will be over three years to ascertain the exact impact on pupils of the PTI intervention. In order to do this, the Prince’s Teaching Institute needs to raise a further £5.8 million over the next five years.
If you are interested in finding out more and supporting the Prince's Teaching Institute, please contact the PTI office (details below) or email Dhivya Srinivasan, Development Manager (email@example.com).
The Prince's Teaching Institute,
The Prince's Charities,
PO Box 50473,
London W8 9DN
Tel: +44 20 3174 3106