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Code: TTSA/21/0058 NQT Conference 2021

Teaching Schools South West is delighted to announce its first NQT Conference, hosted virtually on Wednesday 21st April 2021.

The conference is FREE to NQTs working within TSSW member schools, or those registered under the TSSW Appropriate Body Service.

Keynote: Making best use of evidence
Lorwyn Randall & Helen Thorneycroft

Few would disagree that research has a role to play in how we approach teaching, but what does being ‘evidence-informed’ really mean in practice?

In this session, participants will explore the principles of making and acting on evidence-informed decisions in the classroom. From this, we can develop a greater understanding of the role that ‘best bets’ play in developing our practice and how to put evidence to work in order to support planning, delivery and impact-evaluation.
In order to understand what this looks like in practice, this session will dive deeper into the example of metacognition in order to exemplify the journey ‘from evidence to impact’.

Keynote: How to start building a classroom culture
Tom Bennett

In this session for new teachers, Tom will outline the most important things to do and say when starting a new class so that students get e-learning, faster. Topics include:

* Establishing classroom norms
* Teaching routines
* The effective use of consequences
* Scripting your responses

and more! By the end of this session all participants will have a clear idea of exactly they need to focus on, so the students can focus on the learning.

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1 21 April 2021 12:30 - 16:15 Online Delivery Map

Code: PTSA/21/0009 Oracy Open Hub Meeting

A practical session to explore using Oracy across the Primary Curriculum

Cross curricular applications of Oracy and aimed at those new to Oracy teaching or people or those wanting ideas to incorporate Oracy into their planning for different subjects.
Looking at Oracy examples in History, Art, English, Maths & Science and a range of games and discussion ideas which can be used flexibly.

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1 22 April 2021 16:00 - 17:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: ECTSA/21/0034 Primary PE Network

This support network allows Primary PE staff to share ideas, explore effective practice and discuss issues surrounding PE today. Meetings will have practical element ideas to include physical activity in every lesson, look at ways in which schools provide 30 minutes of daily exercise and ensure children have access to high quality PE in both the curriculum and extracurricular activities.

At every meeting we will strive to:
• Maximise the use of colleagues’ time
• Focus on core business of teaching, leadership and improving student outcomes
• Promote practices that have an evidence base to support their impact
• Allow members’ needs and priorities to share network activity


1.00pm | Welcome by Primary SLEs Jonny Holding/Gemma Downing
1.05pm | Gary Read, Executive Headteacher at Whipton Barton Federation – Outdoor Play & Learning (OPAL)
1.35pm | Gill Brookman, Project Manager, Active & Healthy People – ‘An introduction to Live and Move, its aims and how we hope to work with schools in Exeter’
2.00pm | Barry Thomas from Crag to Mountain Ltd - Orienteering/Outdoor Activity within schools
2.40pm | Share Best Practice in Schools
2.50pm | Group to discuss autumn term speakers/agenda
3.00pm | Finish

Cost: FREE for Teaching Schools South West (TSSW) members.

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1 27 April 2021 13:00 - 15:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: DTSA/21/0031 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


To be confirmed but will include input from the PSHE Association.

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 27 April 2021 15:30 - 17:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: TTSA/21/0061 Classics for All - Primary Latin & Classics for English Literacy and Cultural Capital FREE event

Have you ever considered teaching Latin at KS2? Latin supports literacy, develops vocabulary, enhances grammar and can be taught as an MFL in its own right. In this two-hour session, you’ll receive a taster of the free training and resources offered by Classics For All, with the added benefit that you’ll leave the session classroom-ready for half a term’s worth of Latin teaching.

TRAINER: Charlie Andrew
Charlie is the Training and Resources Manager at Classics for All. She previously taught Latin and classics at Greig City Academy in Haringey and in various primary schools around London. Alongside her Word Roots materials, Charlie has developed a range of exciting and accessible ancient language and culture courses for KS2 & KS3 pupils (Maximum Classics, Mega Greek and Basil Batrakhos).

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1 28 April 2021 16:00 - 17:30 Online Delivery Map

Code: PTSA/21/0010 RE Open Hub Meeting

This virtual meeting will be hosted by Katie Freeman

During this hub meeting, Katie will share a variety of lesson ideas, subject knowledge and resources for teaching Islam and Hinduism with the new agreed syllabus.

Local and national updates for RE will be shared within this session.

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1 28 April 2021 16:00 - 17:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: TTSA/21/0018 Maths Subject Knowledge Development for TAs

Teaching Assistants will develop their maths 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.

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1 29 April 2021 13:00 - 16:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: ECTSA/21/0028 School Operations & Resource Management Network

The network seeks to provide support for School Business Managers to manage their operations/resources efficiently and effectively.

Our aim is to ensure colleagues benefit from industry sector knowledge, updates and ideas to enable them to be compliant and gain the most from available resources.

April meeting to include
- Kreston Benchmarking Report – Ben Thorne Senior Auditor Bishop Fleming
- GDPR & Project Management – Ben Craig SchoolPro PLC
- Contract Analysis and Cost Reduction – Simon Denham - Denham Procurement & Sourcing Solutions
- What to watch out for when agreeing commercial contracts – Antony Power PHP Law LLP

About the Facilitator
From graduating with a Business Management Degree, Josie Medforth has over 20 years business operation experience, predominantly in the education sector.

She worked for 4 years as a Director of Operations for a successful Trust in Exeter, is currently providing part time interim Chief Operating Officer support for an organisation and enjoys being a Trustee for a Trust in Torbay. These roles have built her experience at an Executive Level. 
Message from the Facilitator
I am really excited to be given the opportunity to facilitate the new School Operation and Resources Network. I look forward to being able to share my knowledge, experience and networks to support you by sharing ideas, key information and resources that could help you deliver your outcomes.

I would very much like to work in partnership with you, therefore please feel free to contact me via the dedicated Microsoft Team that has been created.

Microsoft Teams
All meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams. Upon booking, you will be added to the ‘School Operations & Resource Management Network’ Team. Within this team, you can send messages to other colleagues, ask questions, join meetings and share files.

Open to School Business Managers/Administrators from Primary and Secondary Schools.

Free for Teaching Schools South West member schools and non-member schools.

Future Dates
Thursday 17th June

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1 29 April 2021 10:00 - 12:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: TTSA/21/0019 Primary Network for IT & Online Safety briefing

·                 Online safety updates

·                 Latest technology/news updates

Plus focus tbc

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1 04 May 2021 13:00 - 16:00 Online Delivery Map

Code: TTSA/21/0020 SEND Workgroup for Teachers

The focus of these sessions will be led by school feedback and requests following their daily practice and development areas identified.

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1 05 May 2021 13:00 - 16:00 Online Delivery Map

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