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Monday 4th June 2018 | Dartmoor TSA Newsletter
In this issue:

Dear <<First Name>>

Thank you to everyone who attended last month's Members' Forum. It was a packed house and we have received positive feedback from members about the programme. Some of the items I covered in my presentation are detailed below; I would especially like to draw members' attention to the proposed new partnership with ECTSA and SWTSA. We think this is an exciting development and one that will allow us to offer more to our members and provide greater value while maintaining our own identify as a teaching school. 

Lots covered in this latest newsletter - thanks for reading!

Best wishes
Martin Smith | Director of Dartmoor TSA

Starting soon | OLEVI Programmes this Summer

Outstanding Teaching Programme | Starts 15th June | Click HERE for info and HERE for booking
Outstanding Leadership in Education |
Starts 2nd July | Click HERE for info and HERE for booking

Proposed partnership with ECTSA and SWTSA

At last month's Members' Forum I outlined a proposed partnership with two local teaching schools: Exeter Consortium and Teaching School Alliance (ECTSA) and South West Teaching School Alliance (SWTSA). The aim is for each teaching school to retain its own unique identify and at the same time  draw on the collective benefit of sharing expertise, resources and opportunities.

DTSA has a strong tradition of working closely with other TSAs and we are keen to develop this further.  The main benefits for DTSA member schools of these proposals are:
  • Significantly wider range of CPD courses available
  • New CPD portal will allow each school to manage its own bookings etc and have a complete record of its activity. This will include a mechanism that allows us to extend our system of credits by offering schools 'coupons' to get reductions off CPD courses. 
  • DTSA will retain its own identify and approach to how it engages with its members: the web site, newsletters, Members' Forum etc will continue exactly as they always have
  • Sharing our resources means we can do more for schools with our funds and ensure we are always driving costs down for member schools
  • We can use our collective bargaining power to get the best deals with third party providers
  • SLE and other system leaders can be accessible across TSAs, meaning schools have access to a wider range of specialists 
You can find our more about the proposed partnership HERE. Please let us know your views by emailing me ( 

Great opportunities for 2018-19

We are putting together the programme of CPD for next year and we are excited about the new opportunities we plan to deliver to members. This includes: 
  • New programme of Safeguarding CPD delivered by Jane Lake (newly appointed Director of Safeguarding for Dartmoor MAT and formerly a member of the Babcock Safeguarding team). This will include Safer Recruitment Training, Level 3 and Level 3 Refresher Training as well as a network meeting. 
  • New programme for Leading Pupil Premium (Primary and Secondary)
  • For secondary schools, we will be offering a suit of AQA 'Feedback on the Examinations' INSET days in November 2018 for the following GCSEs: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science (combined), RE, Geography and MFL. If there is sufficient demand we will also be offering PE, Art / Design, Product Design and History. 
In addition to these new programmes, we will again be offering Early Headship Programme, NQT Programme, OLEVI courses as well as a full programme of network meetings. 

Podcast of the month

Podcasts are excellent ways of accessing interviews and presentations. Each month  we will recommend a podcast on an educational theme that we think will be of interest to our newsletter readers. 

Our first podcast is an interview with Dylan William by Craig Barton, exploring Dylan's latest book ''Creating the Schools our Children Need'. It is highly thought provoking and explores much of the latest research into effective teaching. To listen or download please click HERE

Primary iDASH now free to members

We are pleased to announce that the iDASH (formerly known as the Internal Dashboard) is now available to all DTSA members as part of their membership fees. Previously this had been available for £75. 
The iDASH enables schools to have an internal IDSR and ASP. DTSA works with Mark Beeston (Data Specialist) to develop an Excel spreadsheet into which you can load in-year assessment data to produce replicas of the primary IDRS and ASP. Please see flyer HERE for more information. 

We are very keen to have as many schools take up this offer. Not only does it enable schools to have a richer picture of their school's performance profile but it means we can provide meaningful analysis to schools before national data sets are published. 

A technical workshop will be held to support schools leaders / administrators later in June (with the option of repeats in the Autumn) - date to be confirmed. This will be an after school event and interested parties will be to remotely access the meeting via googlemeet. 

If you would like to order you iDASH at no charge please click HERE 

Devon Art Teachers Conference

It is that time of year again where we are nearly there and we can get together to recharge and re-enthuse ourselves in preparation for September!

Please see the poster (right) for this years Devon Art Teachers Conference (Primary & Secondary) hosted by the RAMM in Exeter. This years event promises to be a great one and a fantastic opportunity to take part in practical workshops, inspirational talks, get fresh new ideas, network and of course... take home a box of FREE STUFF! 

For further infromation please contact Tim Wightman (Arts SLE for DTSA)

NQT Programme 2018-2019

We are pleased to launch recruitment for next year's NQT programme. It builds on the success of the previous two years, including SLE Workshops (Autumn Term), OLEVI Improving Teacher Programme (Spring Term) and a visit to a high performing, outstanding school in the Summer Term. You can find out more HERE and book a place HERE.  

DTSA Annual Evaluation

Members are invited to complete the annual Membership Evaluation HEREIt takes 5 minutes to complete and gives you the chance to feedback on how you think we are doing as an Alliance. Thank you. 

Access FREE Coaching with Women Leading in Education South West Network

Please follow link below for information on a government funded initiative that is currently being run through the Teaching School Council. This is a fantastic opportunity for female teachers and leaders to access coaching at any point in their career, free of charge and at a time to suit and meet their specific needs. To find out more and to register your interest in being coached go to

Some of the events coming up this half term 

OLEVI Outstanding Teacher Programme | Information HERE and booking HERE
Starts Friday 15th June 2018  

Primary Maths Network | Information and booking HERE
Wednesday 20th June 2018 | 1.00-3.30 (lunch from 12.30) | Okehampton Primary School

Secondary English Network | Information and booking HERE
Tuesday 26th June 2018 | 9.00-2.00 | Okehampton College  

OLEVI Outstanding Leadership in Education | Information and booking HERE
Monday 2nd and Wednesday 4th July 2018 | 9.30-3.30 | Cranbrook Education Campus 

Secondary MFL Network | Information and booking HERE
Wednesday 11th July 2018 | 2.00-4.45 | Okehampton College  

Maximising your impact as a TA (Sec) | Information and booking HERE
Thursday 12th July 2018 | 9.30-2.30 | Great Torrington School   

Members' Forum | Information and booking to follow
Thursday 12th July 2018 | 1-3 | Okehampton College 

Secondary Maths Network | Information to follow | Booking HERE
Thursday 12th July 2018 | 2.00-5.00 | Okehampton College   

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