SIX-FIGURE funding has been agreed to be spent on improving Barnsley’s teachers.

A council report said Tykes Teaching Alliance - part of the Hoyland Common Academy Trust - will work with schools on their ‘improvement, development and continuing professional development (CPD) strategies, especially catch-up curriculum due to the Covid-19 pandemic and preparation for Ofsted inspections’.

It’s been decided that £150,000 will be approved to be spent on training and development.

“The value of this support is determined through utilising risk analysis through school to school support requirements within Barnsley schools that are deemed to be high risk using the School Improvement Plan,” said the report.

“Barnsley Schools Alliance is committed to continue with the work that has started with Tykes to ensure consistency for our children and young people.

“All work proposed by Tykes is jointly put together by members of the alliance, this is then discussed and approved by the Barnsley Schools Alliance’s executive group.

“The group also look at impact and assessment before any further funding is approved.”