As the academic year comes to a close there is much for the alliance to celebrate. Through the active contribution of member schools, we have been able to expand the range of courses and events we provide, work with more schools and build our capacity to deliver support where it is needed. Here are some key metrics for 2017-2018:
14 new networks created with 360 teacher bookings across the year
Our CPD offer has more than doubled
SLE numbers have increased from 20 to 30, DLE from 5 to 15 and TSLE/NLE from 2 to 5, giving us a total of 50 system leaders
We have recruited 28 trainee teachers, up from 10 this time last year
Membership up from 63 to 82 schools
Dartmoor TSA is also actively contributing to the development of the wider self-improving, school-led system. We were one of 9 TSAs nationally to secure an Aspiring Teaching School Grant to support Great Torrington School to meet Teaching School designation. Additionally, in September we begin a formal partnership with two other TSAs - Exeter Consortium and TSA and South West TSA - to increase further the quality and capacity of the teaching school programme. In future we hope that other TSAs will join to strengthen the programme.
Thank you to our member schools, system and network leaders, programme leads and staff that take part in the courses and events we run. I cannot emphasise the following point enough: our strength as an alliance is in the wealth of expertise that exists in member schools and the collective desire to support one another.
Have a super summer holiday.
Best wishes Martin Smith | Director of Dartmoor TSA
Primary Effectiveness Review Programme 2018-2019
View programme flyer HERE | View information HERE | Book your place HERE
Some of the feedback from Headteachers:
'The preciseness of the review report enabled all school stakeholders to celebrate in our achievement.’
‘For me the team enabled the visit to be successful. Their approach was challenging but supportive and much was learnt by everyone during the visit.’
‘A very positive experience which I would recommend. Very good professional development and a great opportunity to talk through your SEF.’
Members' Forum | 12th July 2018
Thank you to members who attended last week's Members' Forum. For those who were enable to attend please find a link HERE to all the PPTs from the meeting, including:
Safeguarding Update by Jane Lake (Dartmoor MAT)
Benefits of adopting Google by Chris Haynes (Cullompton CC)
Primary Performance Data Briefing by Suzie Winters and Jon Lunn
Briefing on KS4/5 Summer Results by Helen Arman (AQA)
Reflections on Cognitive Load Theory by Martin Smith (Dartmoor TSA)
The date of the next Members' Forum is Tuesday 2nd Oct 1-3pm. We will publish meeting dates for the year early next term.
Developing Leaders of Pupil Premium
The importance of closing the gap / diminishing the difference for disadvantaged pupils has been a consistent feature of the education landscape since 2010. There is a growing body of research available to schools about how best to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils and a wide range of CPD. One 'cold spot' in the provision is training for the specific role of Pupil Premium Leaders.
We are delighted that Aaron Meredith (Head of Ernesettle Primary School, Plymouth) and Stephen Farmer (Head of Cranbrook Education Campus, Exeter) are going to design and deliver a year-long CPD programme for Pupil Premium Leaders. Both heads have a strong track record in successfully improving outcomes for PP pupils, which is evidenced through their recent Ofsted inspections.
Details of the Programme can be accessed HERE and bookings can be made HERE. We have 15 signed up so far which is excellent.
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.
This month's recommended podcast is an interview with Professor Paul Kirschner.Kirchner is one of the world’s leading researchers into instructional design and on this podcast from Tes Podagogy, he explains that direct instruction is widely misinterpreted in schools. He believes most teachers see it as “drill and skill, authoritarian, isolated fact accumulation, one size fits all” when it is nothing of the sort. Click HERE to listen.
Funded Training for Chairs of Governors and Clerks
The Teaching School Council SW are working with the NGA to provide the funded training to all schools across the region. There are several opportunities to take part in this training across Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon & Torbay. Training has been scheduled so that if you are unable to train at you nearest cohort you are able to attend a session elsewhere. Dartmoor TSA will be hosting training in Okehampton to support the programme.
The NGA Leading Governance Development for Chairs programme is funded by the Department for Education and provides chairs, vice chairs, committee chairs and future chairs opportunities for developing leadership skills and confident governance. Programme details are HERE and bookings HERE
Level 3 Certificate in Clerking of School and Governing Boards
This accredited NGA Leading Governance Development for Clerks programme is designed for new and experienced clerks currently working in all school and trust settings. It helps develop the knowledge and skills needed for high-quality clerking. Programme details are HERE and bookings HERE
The NGA Leading Governance Development for Boards programme is funded by the Department for Education (£2000) and is designed for boards governing multi academy trusts or groups of schools, or boards of schools in opportunity areas where the school is judged to be requiring improvement. This is a consultant-led bespoke programme that will be tailored to your board’s circumstances to improve practice and outcomes. You can request this training through the NGA website HERE
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 moreHEREand book a placeHERE.
Some of the events and programmes coming up next year
Leading Pupil Premium Programme | Information HERE and booking HERE Starts w/b 15th October June 2018
Newly Qualified Teacher Programme | Information HERE and booking HERE
Starts after Oct half term | Okehampton Primary and College
Primary Effectiveness Review Programme | Information HERE and booking HERE
Secondary Maths Network | Information and booking to follow
Wednesday 26th September 2018 | 1.00-4.00 | Venue TBC
Secondary English Network | Information and booking to follow
Friday 21st September 2018 | 9.00-12.30 | Venue TBC
Secondary Secondary Network | Information and booking to follow
Thursday 27th September 2018 | 1.00-4.00 | Venue TBC
Members' Forum | Information and booking to follow Tuesday 2nd October 2018 | 1.00-3.00 | Okehampton College
Outstanding Teaching in Maths Programme | Information HERE and booking HERE Starts 30th October 2018 | All day | Venue TBC
Primary English Subject Network Day | Information HERE and booking to follow
8th November 2018 | 9.00-2.00 | Okehampton College
Primary Maths Subject Network Day | Information HERE and booking to follow
14th November 2018 | 9.00-2.00 | Okehampton College
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