Welcome to Issue 10 of the SWIFT Events Newsletter
You will find courses, events, conferences and training from our partners to support your professional development and enhance the work of your school. Simply click on the booking link to the course you are interested in, to get more details or book straight on!
Featured in this Issue:
SWIFT Summer Conference | Thursday 30 June 2022
0900 - 1545 | Exeter Racecourse
This year’s conference is themed around today’s key agendas - professional development, curriculum, disadvantaged and school improvement – and has options for leaders from all phases. We hope the conference enables colleagues to feel enriched, informed and inspired. The conference is open to everyone: school leaders, governors, teachers, researchers and other educational providers.
Diana Osagie | Founder & CEO – The Academy of Women’s Leadership
How to be an effective resilient leader in 5 steps
James McNeillie | Ofsted South West Regional Director
Ofsted updates, findings and questions
Sir Mufti Hamid Patel CBE | Chief Executive of Star Academies
Raising aspirations and transforming the life chances of disadvantaged young people
Workshop sessions with:
Phil Armstrong, Sam Sims, Ruh Alford, Sufian Sadiq, John Tomsett, Jon Eaton, Graihagh Crawshaw, Jean Gross
ECT & RQT Conferences | Wednesday 6 July 2022 | ECT 1000 - 1200 | RQT 1400 - 1600 | Online
Helen Thorneycroft | Kingsbridge Research School
Creating Effective Learning Behaviours in Classroom Environments
Nasreen Majid | Reading University
Education and the Climate Emergency – Reimagining our Future, Together
Professor Lee Elliott Major | Exeter University
Social Mobility and the Challenge Facing Schools
Booking Links for all conferences can be found in the newsletter!
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SWIFT has been working in partnership with the Plymouth Oracy Project since 2019 (Plymouth Teachers School Alliance). The introduction to Oracy session is designed to give schools new to oracy a clear overview of the strategy, its evidence base and how schools can access training and support next year. By attending, school leaders will be well placed to determine the potential benefits of an oracy-based approach in their own school.
Free to all - Online
Tuesday 21 June 2022 1545-1715 or Thursday 23 June 2022 1545-1715
Both sessions delivered online, for Head Teachers, Senior and Middle Leaders and teachers in Primary Schools.
Free copy of the book 'Closing the Vocabulary Gap' by Alex Quigley for all delegates who book and attend.
ESW Associate & Strategic Leader of Teaching & Research Schools | Education South West Roger Pope CBE opens this June issue by contemplating the role of Teaching School Hubs:
"The recent White Paper has reinforced this strategy [the attractiveness of teaching as a career], alongside the desire for all schools to join a “family” – a.k.a. a Multi Academy Trust. This gives added importance to the role played by Hubs as we develop the education structure. We become not only a glue, but a super-glue in the system."
There's also more information about the new National Institute of Teaching and the current Department for Education Appropriate Body Reforms and Induction Assessment consultation. You can also find tips for effective parental engagement, read reports from the TSHC training day and our 2022 Literacy Conference; plus an introduction to the The Maternity Teacher Paternity Teacher Project - as well, as of course, features from our sponsors.
It was exciting to hold our second SWIFT Literacy Conference in-person at the end of last term and to welcome a huge range of delegates at Exeter Racecourse with with as much buzz as in 2019.
David Didau, author and expert talked knowledgeably about the importance of reading and of building a reading culture within our schools.
“Reading: there are few things that are likely to make as much of a difference.”
“Reading aloud is gap narrowing.”
Other keynotes including John Tomsett, author and erstwhile Headteacher of Huntingdon School who explored the complexities of the 0 to 19 curriculum - explaining how curriculum development must rest on teacher development.
“A child's vocabulary at five predicts how well they'll learn to read, how well they'll do in the school system. We really have to get that right; that's our number one priority.”
Dr Julian Grenier, appointed by the Department for Education to lead on the revision of Development Matters (quoted by John Tomsett).
Helen Prince, author, developer and contributor to Oxford University Press’s Word-up Podcast Series, explored the power of Oracy through prosody and provided delegates with specific takeaways they could use within classrooms.
“There’s a causal relationship between oracy and improved behaviour.”
Our keynotes also delivered effective breakout sessions, and and other breakouts included the Director of Primary Literacy from OUP; AQA provided an expert on Language in the form of Lance Hanson; Anna Szpakowska from LYFTA contributed towards cultural capital and Bedrock’s Ellie Ashton explained the power of Disciplinary Literacy. WeST’s Executive Director of English, Scott Davies paired with Vicky Thornton to explore the implementation of Forensic Reading.
If you attended this year’s Literacy Conference and would like to feedback to inform future conferences, we would welcome your feedback by clicking on the link below:
A secondary focused English Professional Communities meeting is due to be scheduled and if you would like to contribute, please contact Jen Knowles | Jen.Knowles@sw-ift.org.uk
The power is in the network.
Report by Vicky Thornton, Assistant Principal: Teaching & Learning – Literacy at Ivybridge Community College and SWIFT English-Network Lead.
“The NIoT is going to revolutionise the way teachers receive training in this country, with cutting edge research alongside training delivered by national experts.” The Rt Hon. Nadhim Zahawi MP, Secretary of State for Education
At the end of last term, the Department for Education announced that the School Led Development Trust had been awarded the contract to deliver the new National Institute of Teaching (NIoT).
The National Institute of Teaching is a new, ambitious, Government-funded body that sets out to transform teacher development. It is led by a school-led partnership of four Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) with outstanding track records in school-led university-accredited teacher development:
Harris Federation, Oasis Community Learning, Outwood Grange Academies Trust and Star Academies.
Each of the founding MATs will lead one of the four Regional Campuses, and each campus is supported by three Associate Colleges. We are delighted that Education South West (ESW) has been appointed as one of the founding Associate Colleges and will be working directly with Oasis Community Learning. As an Associate College, ESW will be responsible for supporting the Regional Campus to ensure scale, reach cold spots in current provision and deliver the NIoT training programmes.
This is exciting news for the SWIFT partnership and SWIFT's collective expertise and experience will play a key role in the design and delivery of the NIoT programmes within the region and evolve and build on our Teaching School Hub responsibilities within Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
So, what is the National Institute of Teaching?
What opportunities does the NIoT create for the SWIFT partnership?
These are very early days, so there is much to develop our thinking around and we look forward to future developments of the National Institute of Teaching.