We are pleased to announce two National Governance Association (NGA) training programmes for Chairs and Clerks funded by the Department for Education (DfE).
The NGA is a not-for-profit organisation with a strong track record of delivering governance leadership programmes in cooperation with partners across England.
1. Development for Chairs
This programme is suitable for Chairs, Vice Chairs, Committee Chairs and future Chairs with opportunities for developing leadership skills and confident governance.
2. Development for Clerks
This accredited programme is designed for clerks with at least three months experience currently working
in all school and Trust settings and will help develop the knowledge and skills needed for high-quality clerking.
For more information and how to book see below:
Plymouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA) and TSSW are pleased to be working with Devon Local Authority to deliver The Plymouth Oracy Project to primary schools in Devon for this academic year.
This is a funded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme supported by a range of high-quality resources free for Devon schools, which is part of our Covid and Beyond Support Offer.
Delivered by PTSA accredited trainers, the Oracy project will build on the strong impact measures achieved in Plymouth schools, and trials last year in Torridge (North Devon) and Somerset that have showed similar positive outcomes.
The programme is recommended for a member of the Senior Leadership Team (with some responsibilities for curriculum) and an outstanding practitioner from each school attends the training. As research from The Plymouth Oracy Project has demonstrated that schools which have successfully embedded Oracy have a trained SLT member to support implementation.
Positive outcomes of the programme include:
The programme will commence on Thursday/Friday 12/13 November 2020 and will be delivered in two cohorts depending on your school location:
Cohort 1 | Central and North (Tiverton)
Cohort 2 | South and East (Exeter South)
Due to the ongoing Government Covid-19 restrictions, the programme will initially be delivered online with a view to moving to face-to-face later in the programme in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
To find out more information and how to book a place for your school click here:
“High quality of delivery and resources has given participants confidence to lead Oracy within their schools.”
(A Headteacher on the Torridge and DTSA Oracy training).
The announcement of school closures in March 2020 prompted schools to re-think swiftly the delivery of learning to pupils in lockdown at home.
Now, during this Covid-19 recovery phase, schools are ambitious to accelerate the creation of high quality Blended Learning Environments, integrating remote and school-based education. EdTech is therefore all the more important as a tool in providing high quality education reinforced by Department for Education expectations:
“Remote education may need to be an essential component in the delivery of the school curriculum for some pupils, alongside classroom teaching, or in the case of local lockdown. All schools are therefore expected to plan to ensure any pupils educated at home for some of the time are given the support they need to master the curriculum and make progress.” DfE Guidance for Full Opening (Schools) 2 July 2020
TSSW is delighted to be working with Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS), part of the Cornerstone Academy Trust on this blended learning approach. BCPS has an international reputation for its use of technology in education and has been awarded 2020 EdTech Demonstrator School status by the Department for Education.
A comprehensive package of three programmes has been designed to support schools at every level on their EdTech journey delivered by a consortium of the National Grid for Learning, Sheffield Hallam University and The Education Foundation to help other schools in the region get the best out of education platforms.
COURSE 1. EdTech Vision
What should a blended learning environment look like to deliver outstanding education?
COURSE 2. EdTech Strategy
Creating an EdTech strategy to deliver high quality education and implementing a successful learning platform.
COURSE 3. EdTech Teaching and Learning
Supporting Teachers in developing the digital skills required for working in a blended learning environment.
All three courses are FREE to all schools.
To access the offer all schools are required to complete the following two steps prior to starting the courses to enable Cornerstone to access funding as an EdTech partner with the DfE:
1. Request for EdTech Support: here
2. Complete a ‘Project Initiation Document (PID)’ form: here
Please note: schools are only required to complete the above two steps once in order to access the three training courses.
We are pleased to offer the following two leadership programmes available to all schools as part of their school improvement journey.
Secondary Leadership Network
Created for Secondary Headteachers who enjoy collaborating and sharing ideas, the Secondary Leadership Network will provide an opportunity to visit high performing and rapidly improving schools nationally and to discuss and debate ways to improve schools with an understanding of the regional context.
The Network will be of interest to Secondary Headteachers from all career stages, all secondary school types and all Ofsted ratings and is underpinned by the following principles:
We are delighted that the Network will be led by experienced Headteachers: Tim Harris (Colyton Grammar School - East Devon), Steve Margetts (Torquay Academy) and Tim Rutherford (West Exe School - Exeter).
The programme will consist of at least six sessions with a blend of online and face-to-face events, linked, where possible, to other key meetings attended by Headteachers.
Due to Lockdown 2.0 and the face-to-face element of this network, the first session is now due to commence in early 2021 in accordance with updated social distancing restrictions and will run until June 2021.
The programme is FREE for TSSW Members and £95 per delegate for other colleagues.
For more information contact us and please cite "Secondary Leadership Network" in the subject title.
Schools Partnership Programme (SPP)
To support all schools regardless of their Ofsted rating, the Schools Partnership Programme (SPP) led by the Education Development Trust is a partnership-based approach to School Improvement available for all Primary, Secondary and Special Schools.
An established programme of schools since 2014 that builds capacity and capability through effective school self-review, peer review and school-to-school support. To date, hundreds of schools across England have engaged with the programme and numbers continue to grow, including within Plymouth and the surrounding areas.
The programme is proven to:
This is a three-year peer review sustainable system-led partnership that will seek to embed and sustain system leadership.
The programme for TSSW Members is £1,800 - £2,250 per delegate and £2,000 - £2,500 for other colleagues.
For more information contact: Donna Briggs and cite "School Partnership Programme (SPP)" in the subject title.