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Monday 5th February 2018 | Dartmoor TSA Newsletter
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Dear <<First Name>>

Thank you to colleagues who attended one of the many Dartmoor TSA events that took place last week. Just to give you a flavour: we held our Members' Forum on Tuesday, Early Years Network and Conference on Wednesday, Teacher Tooklit with Prof Debra Myhill Thursday and OLEVI ITP for NQTs on Friday. In addition, we ran a primary school Effectiveness Review and co-led a Women Leading SW conference. It is great to be able to offer a packed menu of activity so that there is something for everyone within the alliance. 

After half term our new Primary Early Headship Programme gets underway; we are looking forward to welcoming 13 delegates on to the programme from schools across Dartmoor and Exeter TSAs. We are also launching two new training sessions for leaders and governors in Effective use of Data and Inspection Briefings. Details to follow later this week. 

Finally, thank you to colleagues who presented at last week's Members' Forum from both primary and secondary schools. Our next meeting is on 20th March 1-3. 

Have a great half term. 

Best wishes
Martin Smith | Director of Dartmoor TSA

New issue of Dartmoor Dispatch available HERE

Acclaimed international speaker leads Early Years conference 

On Wednesday 31st January, Dartmoor TSA hosted an Early Years conference led by the internationally acclaimed Alistair Bryce-Clegg.  The event was held at Okehampton Primary School to an audience of over 50 early years practitioners from Devon and the wider area.  

The focus was on writing: "All children have a desire to make marks. With sticks, with crayons, with felt tips, the list is endless. There is just something very empowering about being able to leave your mark. So why do lots children find the transition from mark maker to writer so difficult and why do some seem to find it significantly more difficult than others?" (A Bryce-Clegg). This theme was explored in depth through the different sessions. 

Alistair provided delegates with lots of inspiring ideas and tips to develop their practice and take back to their schools. His fantastic sense of humour and realistic anecdotes resulted in teachers having not only an informative day, but also an enjoyable experience too.

Susie Stevens | Dartmoor TSA SLE for Early Years | Assistant Head at Okehampton Primary

Women Leading in Education South West conference inspires coaching pledge

West Country Teaching School Alliance and Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance came together to host a Women Leading in Education South West conference on Wednesday 31st January 5-7pm. Organised by Sara Jacobs from WCTSA, the event was hugely popular – even on a cold, dark night in January! Viv Grant opened the evening with a passionate keynote focused on the power of coaching. This was followed by Margaret Davis, Director of ‘The Glass Lift’, who shared real-life success stories and inspiring outcomes of coaching on individuals and businesses. The closing keynote, by Mary Myatt, asked the audience to consider what soulful schools, heart-based education and courageous leadership should look like. All attendees have shown interest in being coached, or becoming a coach – or both! Regional hub leads will now lead a series of training days for coaches, so that they are well equipped to support women no matter the stage in their career. One attendee said of the event: “What a fantastic event... Inspirational talks, a great atmosphere and freebies. I am sure that the people who attended will have left inspired to improve themselves and others as well as reconnect with their moral purpose.”

Caroline Sherwood | Project Director WLiE SW | English SLE at SMCC

Get in Teaching Campaign Update

Our campaign to get more people into teaching is going strongly. We have received 45 applications to date and of these 14 have gone on to accept offers from us to take up school direct places in 8 of our member schools. We are currently interviewing on a weekly basis and have been delighted with the calibre of the new recruits. 

What's the opportunity? We can recruit trainee teachers with you / for you and enable you to host their main placement. This can be a valuable way of managing teacher recruitment in an increasingly competitive climate. You may have a member of non-teaching staff or a parent looking to train. To find out more about our courses what we offer click HERE

Coming up before half term

Secondary Science Network Meeting
Thursday 8th February 2018 | 2.00-4.45 | West Exe School | Info and booking here


Message board

Request from Jo Payne - Assistant Principal of Okehampton College
Could you deliver a CPD session for Okehampton College? 
I am looking for anyone who might be able to run a one-hour CPD session on any of our 'Okehampton Five' strands, which are metacognition, memory for learning, literacy (subject-specific and exam language), resilience (growth mindset) and effective feedback. Our teachers are conducting evidence-informed inquiries into their own practice within these five areas and have all submitted inquiry questions. They need to complete their inquiries by June, ready for a showcase of everyone's outcomes. 

We have a twilight on Monday 26th February and I would like to find teachers from within Dartmoor TSA who would be able to deliver a session (4pm-5pm) that provides our teachers with the opportunity to learn more about that aspect of classroom practice and to explore the topic further, including any key pieces of research that have been conducted. Each group has a lead member of staff who has already led an initial meeting in which staff completed their inquiry plan. Memory for learning has been a popular choice, so we have two groups of teachers focusing on this. Each group consist of no more than 20 teachers.

I would be able to provide any willing volunteers with the list of inquiry questions that our staff have chosen in order to help you to plan your session and we would pay for any travel expenses and print the resources you need.

If you feel you would be able to spare some of your time to come and deliver a CPD session at Okehampton College, please email me directly at (Posted 5th February 2018)

Job Advert: Teaching Assistant Vacancy at Hartland Primary School
Details of the advert can be accessed here (Posted 29th January 2018)

Request from Derrick Brett - Principal of Okehampton College 
We are currently reviewing our SLT structure and are keen to find out about SLT structures in other secondary schools. If you would be kind enough to share any information about how you organise SLT in your school, including JDs, teaching loads etc, we would be very grateful. Please contact Derrick via email: (Posted 15th January 2018)


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