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Code: TTSA/21/0002 Maths Subject Knowledge Development for TAs

Teaching Assistants will develop their math subject knowledge in line with whole-school priorities. An outline of the session will be provided when the focus is agreed at Maths Subject Leader meeting.

This session will focus on Multiplication and Division using the new Ready to Progress materials to focus on using assessment questions as diagnostic tools to support intervention

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1 28 January 2021 13:00 - 16:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: DTSA/21/0001 Safer Recruitment

Safer recruitment training became a statutory requirement for Head teachers and at least one member of every appointment panel in schools in response to the Bichard Inquiry (Soham). Originally overseen by the NCSL (National College of School Leadership) and then CWDC (Children's Workforce Development Council) the content was prescribed and the course could only be delivered by trainers that had undertaken specific training to be 'accredited' by the Secretary of State for Education.

Keeping children safe in education (DfE 2021) makes clear that at least one member of every appointment panel must undertake 'proper' safe recruitment training. In addition, the DfE recognised that the training was highly valued by local authorities, LSCBs and school & college staff alike.

Who Should Attend?.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is an integral part of the HR management in all education establishments including Headteachers / Deputy Headteachers/ Teachers / Foundation Stage Practitioners / Governors / Post - 16 / Senior Leaders/Managers / Support Staff / Teachers / Youth Workers/business managers.

Course Content

Safer recruitment and the wider context of safeguarding

·         Prevalence of abuse and profile of abusers

·         How abusers operate within organisations

·         Features of a safer recruitment process

·         Planning a safer recruitment process

·         Making the right decisions: interview and selection

·         Setting acceptable standards of behaviour

·         Maintaining an ongoing culture of vigilance


Drawing on the experience of delegates, the programme will be delivered through a combination of short presentations, group exercises, case studies and discussion.

 Course Venue
Room 912 | Skills Centre| Okehampton College

About the trainer
Jane Lake is the Director of Safeguarding for the Dartmoor MAT and Senior Associate for Safeguarding for Dartmoor TSA. Until March 2018, Jane was the  Education Safeguarding Officer for Babock LDP. She has over 20 years of working in the field of Child Protection and Safeguarding. She is a nationally accredited safer recruitment trainer and delivered training for Devon County Council and the LSCB (DCFP) for many years.

Course Fee
TSSW Members £80 per delegate | Other Colleagues £95 per delegate. 

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1 28 January 2021 09:00 - 15:30 Okehampton College Map

Code: ECTSA/21/0001 ECTSA School Business Managers' Forum

These termly meetings are open to Administrators and School Business Managers from all Exeter Consortium member schools.

A full agenda for the spring term session can be found below:

12.55 | Join this online meeting

13.00 | Brexit Impact on GDPR & Procurement | School Buying Hub Admin Auction | Government RPA Insurance Scheme | facilitated by Josie Medforth, Procurement Consultant

13.30 | HR Q&A session | Joanne Smith, HR One (Please submit your HR questions to by 26th January 2021)

14.15 | A Brave New World – Kickstarting Income Generation in your School | Justin Smith, Chameleon Training and Consultancy and FundEd

15.00 | Updates and next meeting – DSBM conference in May 2021 & Finish

Free for Exeter Consortium member schools.

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1 29 January 2021 13:00 - 15:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: PTSA/21/0002 Exploring Root Words

Using Latin and Greek to enrich vocabulary and support literacy teaching at KS2 & KS3

Learning about the roots of the English language offers a key to understanding new words and enriching vocabulary. As highlighted in Alex Quigley’s influential book ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ (2018), building knowledge of etymology and morphology in the classroom can help pupils to develop greater ‘word consciousness’, which in turn enables them to better understand and use language.

Explore key Latin and Greek root words that feature frequently in English
Explore the importance of Tier 2 and Tier 3 words in the English language
Discuss implicit and explicit strategies for teaching vocabulary in the KS2/3 classroom
Share resources that can be used to support the teaching of etymology at KS2/3
Provide information about how to access free advice and funding from Classics for All to support the introduction or development of classical subjects in your school

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1 01 February 2021 16:00 - 17:30 Online Delivery Map

Code: TTSA/21/0045 SMSC, PSHE & RSHE Network

Morning session:

·      Updates

·      Teaching, learning and assessment in PSHE (adapted as needed through the year)

·      Developing a holistic approach

Afternoon session:

·      RSHE Focus: ‘Respectful Relationships’.

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1 02 February 2021 09:30 - 15:30 Online Delivery Map

Code: ECTSA/21/0012 Thrive: Softening the Prickles

About this Course

Overcoming psychological defences in yourself, your colleagues and the children you work with. Would you like to become a more effective leader and change-maker in your organisation? Do you want to improve your relationships with your colleagues and the children you work with? Are you interested in deepening your own self-awareness?

Strong self-awareness and the capacity to stay calm, regulated and loving in the face of challenge are vital skills for being both an effective Thrive practitioner and a powerful leader and change-maker. However, when we feel threatened, our psychological defences can sometimes prevent us from being our best selves.

In this workshop, we will be using the metaphor of the cactus to explore the nature of psychological defences, how and why they develop and what they are protecting. Using experiential exercises, you will have the opportunity to imagine into the psychological defences of the adults and children you work with, as well as reflecting on your own defences. You will then explore how you can support yourself to be your best self, even in challenging circumstances, and how you can help others to do the same.

You will come away from the workshop with:
- deeper knowledge of psychological defences and how they relate to interrupted development
- greater empathy for and understanding of your own defences and those of others
- ways of supporting yourself to stay centred in the face of difficulty
- practice in how to overcome the defences of others through constructive ways of relating.

CPD points: 5
Trainer: Sarah Roberts
Location: Online delivery, via Zoom

Cost: £50 per person for Teaching Schools South West Members (£65 if direct through Thrive)
Please note: Delegates will need to access this session on their own device.

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1 02 February 2021 13:30 - 15:30 Online Delivery Map

Code: DTSA/20/0025 TSSW Health and Social Care Network Meeting

To create a support network for schools and discuss latest developments and challenges in the Health and Social Care BTEC, GCSE and A Level.  We aim to focus on practical solutions to common challenges and gain expert advice and guidance from examiners, authors and other lead professionals. For more information or booking arrangements, please contact Fiona McNeile, TSSW Secondary Network Coordinator,


3:30pm to 3:35pm Welcome

Welcome from Danni Heard, TSSW Health and Social Care Network Leader.

3:35pm to 3:50pm BTEC and …..Amends due to Covid

Colleagues to discuss new guidance from Level 2 TECH Award (this will be shared with colleagues before the meeting).

3:50pm to 4:10pm TECH Samples

Colleagues to work in break out groups to discuss the marking and meeting the criteria.

4:10pm to 4:20pm Well being Break

Colleagues take time away from screen.

4:20pm to 4:35pm National Samples Colleagues to work in break out groups to discuss the marking and meeting the criteria.

4:35pm to 4:40pm Creating Guidance

4:40pm to 5:00pm Using Technology to Mark

Danni to lead discussion on using Google Classroom and Ipad/Touch screen chrome book for marking assignments.

5:00pm to 5:10pm Moderation Opportunity Colleagues to discuss the potential of a group moderation rota.

5:10pm Plenary

Danni will summarise the discussions and agree the items to inform the next meeting’s agenda.

Network Leader 

Danni Heard is the lead teacher for Health and Social Care for Plympton Academy and has a wealth of experience spanning 7 years.  Danni is passionate about the Health and Social Care curriculum and is keen to share resources and ideas with other colleagues in the region and beyond.

This is a free event for TSSW Members. Other colleagues | £25 per delegate.

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1 02 February 2021 15:30 - 17:10 Online Delivery Map

Code: ECTSA/21/0008 Teaching & Learning Symposium - Online

Join us for our first online Teaching & Learning Symposium of the year!

Symposiums are wholly inclusive with the aim being to offer something for all Exeter Consortium member schools.

A choice of workshops will be presented by colleagues and relevant outside organisations for primary colleagues, supporting a range of learning conversations and dialogues. Each online Symposium will feature four workshops, each running for a strict 25-minute period. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with two of these sessions.

February 2021 Workshops:
- Using Teach Like a Champion Strategies for Better Progress | Led by KS2 Maths Specialist Teacher, Faye Robertson
- Play Therapy - Making A Difference | Led by Qualified Play Therapist, Liz Butler from Little Acorn Play and Creative Arts Therapy
- Coaching Hacks - Small Shifts to Make a Big Difference | Led by Level 7 Qualified Leadership Coach, Kelly Newland from Look After Your Head
- An Introduction to Whole School SEND and Useful Resources | Led by Head of Inclusion at Exeter Children’s Federation and Deputy Regional SEND Lead for the South West, Alison Betts

Staff are encouraged to deliver workshops around their subject strategies, whole school approaches, notable successes and engaging activities to take away. Details regarding the planned workshops will be sent to all member schools at least two weeks ahead of the Symposium in order for staff to consider which presentations they would like to attend.

If you wish to present your own workshop at future events, please email your idea/title and description to

Cost: FREE to all Exeter Consortium member schools.
This event will take place online, via Zoom. A link to access the event will be sent after booking.

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1 03 February 2021 16:00 - 17:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: DTSA/20/0001 TSSW PSHE Network Meeting - Crossphase

Meeting Aims
To create a support network in which schools share ideas and effective practice and discuss issues surrounding PSHE. To focus on practical solutions to common challenges and gain expert advice and guidance from PSHE lead professionals. In each meeting we will:

Find out about development and updates in the field of PSHE
Share and learn from good practice
Network with colleagues from other regional schools


2:00pm to 2:05pm: Introduction and Welcome.

Lisa Whitworth, TSSW PSHE Secondary Network Leader will open the meeting and introduce Beverley Cawthera, SLE and TSSW PSHE Primary Network Support.

2.05-2.50: Ian Macdonald, Charlie Waller Trust | Drugs and Alcohol Education Delivery

We are delighted to confirm Ian Macdonald, Health Education and Health Policy Specialist will be joining us to discuss the key principles for delivery of alchol and drug education, linking into the recent PSHE Association guidance and resources. This presentation will assist also colleagues understanding of what is delivered either side of transition to support spiral curriculum development.

2.50pm-3:00pm: ‘Wellbeing’ Break

Colleagues to take a 10-minute break from the meeting.

3:00pm-3:20pm: Practioner Input | What is the biggest challenge facing PSHE in the curriculum?

Colleagues will be placed into Secondary or Primary phase break out groups led by either Lisa Whitworth and Beverley Cawthera to discuss the challenges for PSHE in school settings.

3.25pm-3:45pm: Practioner Input | Crossphase Learning

Colleagues will be placed into smaller cross phase break out groups to discuss the following questions:

·         What can Secondary colleagues learn from Primary delivery of PSHE?  How big is the gap?

·         How does a lack of PSHE experience show itself in students when they join Secondary schools?

3:45pm – 4:00pm Plenary

Lisa and Beverley will summarise key points raised from break out session one. Colleagues to feedback via chat function on gaps identified between Secondary and Primary from break out session two.  Lisa Whitworth to summarise discussions to inform the agenda items for the next meeting.

Network Leader

Lisa Whitworth, SLE and PSHE lead at Sidmouth College is currently the Senior Project Leader for the Leading the Building Resilient Learners project funded by the NESTA Future Ready Fund. A collaboration with The University of Exeter and Five Areas, evaluated by The University of Sussex.  Lisa brings over 20 years of experience in education, nine of which have been teaching and leading PSHE and Health and Social Care at GCSE, A Level and BTEC.  Lisa also has experience in research and evaluation, middle and senior leadership, Lisa works closely with local stakeholders, including parents, police, youth and health services. Lisa is very much looking forward to working with colleagues and developing the network during this new phase of PSHE.

Primary Support

Beverley Cawthera has recently become a Specialist Leader of Education for SEMH; a role she has held the lead for at St Peter’s Primary School in Budleigh Salterton since her NASENCo qualification in 2016. She has supported colleagues in schools in her locality to help create school environments that promote, enable and nourish positive relationships. Beverley very much looks forward to supporting Lisa and the team to develop a Primary branch of the PSHE network.

TSSW Members Free | Other £25 per delegate.

Get in touch

For more information or assistance, please contact Fiona McNeile (

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1 03 February 2021 14:00 - 16:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: PTSA/21/0005 Early Career Teachers, Aspirant Teachers and Experienced Teaching Assistants – DT

A series of primary subject knowledge sessions to support Early Career Teachers, Aspirant Teachers and experienced TAs within their career development.

An exploration of the subject specific National Curriculum area of learning through practical activities to support effective teaching and assessment in the classroom.
Developing Core Subject Knowledge in: DT

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1 04 February 2021 09:00 - 12:00 Online Delivery Map

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