To enable Primary RE leads to have a access to high quality RE advisory support, share effective practice and engage and network with colleagues across Dartmoor TSA.
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 shape network activity
10.00-10.10: Welcome and Digital Housekeeping
10.10-12.10: Ed Pawson | Diocese of Exeter | SIAMS Framework Input
Ed Pawson is an educational adviser for the Diocese of Exeter, the adviser to Devon and Torbay SACREs and a practising SIAMS inspector.
In this session, Ed will introduce colleagues to the current SIAMS framework, explaining how the central inspection question is explored through 7 separate strands, centred on the school’s Christian vision. He will offer guidance on the sorts of things SIAMS inspectors are looking for and how schools can prepare fully for a future inspection, including discussion about how to complete the SIAMS SEF. The session is aimed at staff, school leaders and governors and will be interactive and informative. Screen breaks will be scheduled during the session.
12.10-12.40: Lunch and Screen Break
12.40-1.40: DTSA Network Meeting | Phil Whittley | Bringing the Vision Alive
Phil Whittley, DTSA Church Schools Network Lead and Executive Headteacher of Dartmoor Federation schools will share the work implemented by schools under his leadership to ‘bring the vision alive’. Phil will provide examples of evidence in the school day and ethos together with the curriculum. Colleagues are asked to bring ideas to share in break out room discussions during this practitioner input session.
1.40-2.30: Networking (Optional)
Teams from Federations, Trusts or Learning Communities have the option to hold their own RE teaching network meeting. We will provide online, private breakout rooms within Zoom to facilitate these meetings.
Date & Booking
Spring term: Monday 29th March | Online via Zoom
DTSA Members Free | TSSW Members £25
Other Colleagues £45
Get in touch
Contact Fiona McNeile email@example.com for further information or assistanc
Teaching Assistants will develop their English subject knowledge in line with whole-school priorities. An outline of the session will be provided when the focus is agreed at English Subject Leader meeting.
We will explore best practice in Early Years considering Early Years principles. We will visit core ideas around provision, interactions, planning and assessment.
This is a discussion based session giving practitioners time to discuss their own needs and seek advice from across the sector.
To create a support network in which schools share ideas and effective practice and discuss issues surrounding the facilities management such as Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, Project Management and Supplier Contracts. We aim to focus on practical solutions to common challenges and gain expert advice and guidance from each other and lead professionals.
Agenda to be Confirmed
To create a support network for schools and discuss latest developments and challenges in the MFL GCSE with Examiners and colleagues.
To be confirmed but will include Exam board input inlight of recent changes and a session with Joe Dale focusing on promoting listening and speaking skills through the use of technology.
Charlotte Wates | Head of MFL | Okehampton College
Charlotte Wates is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE), and Director of Teaching and Learning for MFL at Okehampton College. She has experience teaching in a range of educational settings, is an exam marker, International School Co-ordinator and holds a MEd in Professional Studies.
TSSW Members Free | Other £25 per delegate.
A Zoom invitation link will be included in booking confirmation emails for access to the meeting.
Reasoning and problem solving skills are high on the agenda in schools but it is important to not forget about the basics!
Whilst conceptual knowledge is crucial, often the biggest gaps in attainment are held in a lack of knowledge of basic facts.
This conference takes a look at the importance of flexibility and how this can help close the gap between our higher and lower attaining children.
We will also look at how we can support our children to become fluent and possess a deeper understanding in their multiplication knowledge.
10:30 Welcome, housekeeping protocols, introductions
10:40 - 11:00 SESSION 1
* Introduction to fluency including a breakout room question - ‘Does knowledge of number facts make you a better mathematician?’
11:00 - 11:45 SESSION 2
* Fluency without understanding
* Fluency with understanding
* Fluency and flexibility (part 1)
11:45 - 12:00 5 min comfort break and breakout room question
12:00 - 12:45 SESSION 3
* Fluency and flexibility (part 2)
* Fluency with times tables
12:45 - 13:30 lunch break
13:30 - 14:15 SESSION 4
14:15 - 14:30 5 min comfort break and breakout room question
14:30 - 15:15 SESSION 5 and close
Your Conference Leads
Josh is an author and maths consultant. He writes textbooks for schools all over the world,
and provides maths CPD in the South West of England.
Sam is Assistant Maths Hub Lead at West Yorkshire Maths Hub and Primary Maths Specialist at White Rose Maths.
Previously a senior leader at a primary school in Wakefield, he has worked with White Rose Maths and the West Yorkshire Maths Hub as a Primary Maths Specialist for the past 4 years, recently becoming the Assistant Maths Hub Lead at West Yorkshire Maths Hub. Sam still teaches year 6 at a primary school in Halifax, where he gets the opportunity to develop his own teaching practice every day. Areas of particular interest are around lesson design and problem solving.
TSSW member schools: £45 per delegate | Other schools: £65 per delegate
To create a support network in which schools share ideas and effective practice. To focus on practical solutions to common challenges and gain expert advice and guidance from History lead professionals.
Agenda to be confirmed.
Holocaust Education Trust will be providing a training input to the network.
At times, in our working lives at schools, it is possible to come to a bit of a ‘full-stop’ with a child. We feel we have tried everything and also given everything, but the situation feels a bit stuck. Being in this position isn’t great for either the adult or the child and sometimes it can really help to borrow someone else’s perspective, see the situation from another point of view and/or have support from someone who has experienced something similar.
We are offering the opportunity for TAs to come together via Zoom to discuss, in complete confidence, children who they may be finding challenging. Everyone involved in the discussion will need to confirm that they will respect that anything shared during the meeting remains completely confidential. We will be using a structure known as a ‘2-6-2’ meeting. This involves the professional giving an overview of the child concerned for 2 minutes, whilst the rest of the group listen, the group then discuss the situation and offer ideas and suggestions for 6 minutes.
At the end of this discussion, the person who gave the overview of the child reflects on what has been said then shares what they will be taking from the discussion and trialling with the child. Everyone who is part of the group is able to ‘bring’ a child to the group. The learning that occurs during the 2-6-2 discussions is often far wider than just being directly linked to the child each professional brings to the meeting.
Cohort 3 Dates
Initial session: Wednesday 21st April 2021, 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Follow-up session: Wednesday 12th May 2021, 3.30pm - 5.00pm
About the Trainer
The sessions will be hosted by Tania Beard, an experienced headteacher, who until recently worked in a school with high numbers of SEND and disadvantaged children. There will be no more than 6 people in each group and each session will last 1.5 hours.
The expectation is that you stay as part of the group for the whole session. There will be the opportunity for a follow-up session, which will include a reflection on the impact of the actions taken as a result of the last session, in addition to a further 2-6-2 discussion about the same child or another child.
Cost: £40 per TA per cohort for Teaching Schools South West member schools.
Please note - You will be invoiced for this course by Exeter Consortium TSA. A link to access the session will be sent to you closer to the date.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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