The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) is an independent educational charity which believes that all pupils, irrespective of background or ability, are entitled to a subject-based curriculum, taught with rigour and passion. It was created in 2006, and works in partnership with the University of Cambridge.
Its aims are to:
- Promote the idea that subject knowledge, subject rigour and the enthusiasm for communicating them are essential requirements for effective teaching to children of all abilities
- Create an inspirational forum for teachers, enabling them to step away from the classroom and rediscover their love of subject
- Promote and provide subject-based professional development for teachers
- Encourage and inspire teachers by demonstrating good use of academic rigour and challenge in the classroom
- Create stronger links between academic departments in schools and universities
- Promote and enable a more constructive dialogue between teachers and government educational agencies
- Exercise a beneficial influence on the development of policy in the areas of curriculum development, assessment and training
To achieve these aims, the PTI runs a range of events and programmes for secondary school teachers. All of these activites are run by teachers, with support from a small office team who provide logistical support.
The PTI Schools Programme is a membership scheme for state secondary school departments committed to enhancing their subject provision. Member departments benefit from:
- One to one consultation advice for the Heads of Department developing their departmental plans
- Annual School Programme days at which experiences and ideas are shared between Heads of Department
- Access to resources and podcasts on the PTI online staffroom
- Discounts for PTI Continuing Professional Development days
Schools that participate also benefit from priority booking to PTI Summer Schools for those departments that have not yet attended.
School departments can join by sending the Head of Department to a a PTI Summer School/residential for induction. During the residential, the Head of Department can choose to join the Programme and in so doing determines objectives for the department to meet by the end of the academic year. If these objectives are met, the department's work is featured with a dedicated page on the PTI website, and the school may wish to use the PTI Mark on their website and stationery.
For more details please click here to go to the Schools Programme page. To join the Schools Programme, the Head of Department for the subject in question must attend a Summer School/Residential (see below). If there are no Summer Schools/Residentials in a particular subject advertised, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
The Summer School (or residential if not being held in the summer) is a 3-day residential event which provides an inspirational forum for teachers to step away from the classroom and rediscover their love of their subject. Combining workshops and lectures from high calibre speakers, the intention is to generate discussion about the specific contribution to education made by the subject in question, and to investigate how it should best be taught. The residentials also act as an induction onto the PTI Schools Programme.
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The Prince’s Teaching Institute provides INSET Continuing Professional Development (CPD). These one day courses are based on topics of relevance to KS3, GCSE, AS and A2 level syllabuses. Typically, the days feature a lecture by an eminent academic or writer and workshops run by our teacher members that allow teachers to discuss how best to inspire their pupils in turn. Previous topics have included Astronomy (held at the Royal Observatory), the 2012 Olympics (held on site in East London), Hamlet (with the Royal Shakepeare Company), the Cold War, and the History of Mathematics. New courses are announced all the time, click here to view a list of upcoming events.
From September 2010, Teachers who atttend PTI one-day CPD days are eligible to gain Masters level credit points from the University of Warwick. Click here for more details.
The PTI's newest stream of activity is for Headteachers. At the these Heads' Conferences, Headteachers from across the country will hear from leading practioners, educationalists and academics and discuss what works in schools and how to replicate success. Headteachers debate issues fundamental to successful school leadership and share best practice from their schools. Click here for more information.