Posted on: 21/12/2021

Recognition for outstanding teaching in English

St James' has been awarded the PTI Mark for 2020/21 – recognition for their success as part of the Subject Leadership Programme.

The PTI Mark celebrates outstanding commitment to increasing teachers’ subject knowledge to improve outcomes for all students. St James' was given the mark for demonstrating excellence in English.

The PTI launched the Subject Leadership Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance the teaching of Art, English, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Science, regardless of their pupils’ backgrounds or abilities.

The programme, which is open to all state secondary schools in England, is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision.

Our Head of English, Miss De Ponte, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our department’s innovative work, and will be proud to carry the Mark on our stationery and website as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching.”

To become members of the PTI’s Subject Leadership Programme, school departments must demonstrate their commitment to increasing teachers’ subject knowledge, and to furthering their students’ understanding of and enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of their background or ability.

To achieve the PTI Mark, departments then have to demonstrate that they have increased the challenge within their subject curriculum; developed their staff’s own specialist subject knowledge; developed subject-based links outside school and enthused their pupils through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum.

After three years of Subject Leadership Programme membership, departments may choose to become Research Programme members by devising an advanced multi-year programme in one of these areas. As Research Programme members they will share their growing expertise with others in the Subject Leadership Programme to the benefit of all.

Nicola Bentley, Senior Programmes Manager at the PTI, said: “We are delighted to celebrate St James' success by awarding the school with our Mark of excellence.

“The PTI Subject Leadership Programme continues to go from strength-to-strength and we warmly invite colleagues from St James' English department to take advantage of our membership benefits, including online resources, and our events which can re-inspire a love of teaching and unlock opportunities for students.”

To find out more about the Subject Leadership Programme, visit the PTI website at