They will join the first cohort of schools – Banff, Alford, Portlethen, and Kemnay Academies – in benefitting from immersive professional learning experiences and structural support in order to better realise the potential of innovative, partnership-driven teaching models.
Ali MacLachlan, UK Director of The Wood Foundation, shares the learning from the past 18 months and the continued ambition for the network:
“It is incredibly exciting to be in a position to expand the Excelerate network having seen the early successes and continued growth and ambition in our first cohort of schools.
“We are committed to transformational system change that is context-driven, inclusive, empowering, and motivating. We are incredibly proud to see our years of research, development, and ambition come to life in this way.
“Our hopes and potential for this investment are constantly evolving. We have learned an incredible amount in the past 18 months with our first cohort of schools which will shape how we engage our new schools and deepen the relationship with our existing schools.
“During a period where education faced unparalleled challenge, our schools realised the opportunity for change. Engaging virtually has brought limitations, absolutely, but it has also opened up the world in a way like never before. What we worried would be constraints for the embedding of our investment, have been reimagined by our schools committed to success.