Learning bonanza as schools launch tie-up with university

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Category: Media

Oxford Mail, p.4, 27/11/2013, Sophie Scott

School pupils are to benefit from a new Oxford University initiative to boost learning across the city. The Education Deanery was launched yesterday at the University Department of Education by Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton. The scheme will draw on already established links between state schools in the city, and pupils will get greater access to university facilities. Initially, the Memorandum of Agreement will be between the Department of Education and seven secondary state schools, three special schools and a further education college, which currently work together as Oxford City Learning. It is hope that over the next three to five years, all secondary schools in the county, as well as some in Buckinghamshire, will be included. The Oxford Education Deanery will be led by Ian Menter, Professor of Teacher Education at the University’s Department of Education. He said: ‘Every university has been invited to think about new forms of schooling and this is our own response.’ Professor Hamilton added: ‘All the university departments will offer a commonwealth of expertise to be shared among teachers and pupils in our community.’