Project is graded as outstanding

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A work-based project on improving the communication skills and academic attainment of primary students has been awarded the top grade of ‘Outstanding’ by the Knowledge Transfer Partnership.

The project, undertaken through a partnership between The Northumberland Church of England Academy and Newcastle University, looked to improve the communication skills and academic attainment of children in the locality.

The project was over a two year period, which ended in January this year.

Executive director Andrew Day said: “When projects come to an end they are externally assessed against the KTP objectives.

“Outstanding is a very rare grading and therefore a phenomenal achievement for our project.

“We are all very proud to be awarded this honour.”

Leading the project was recently qualified speech and language therapist, Kate Jones.

Kate had her outstanding work recognised in November 2012 by the KTP Board when she received a Business Leader of Tomorrow award in London.

She said: “During the KTP project, I was able to work with all of the staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage to put specific ways of working in place to support all of the children’s speech and language development, and to work most effectively with the NHS Speech and Language Therapists.

“This project has been a great success, and I would like to thank them all for their hard work and their commitment.”