ESW Associate & Strategic Leader of Teaching & Research Schools | Education South West Roger Pope CBE welcomes colleagues back to the new academic year.
"We have all been talking about how to re-imagine education in a post-lockdown world.
The clean sweep of Ministers at the DfE is surely a positive indication that the Government recognises that such thinking is now needed – and SWIFT are here to support you along the way..."
Find out more about our current CPD offers from various partners; many of which are free or discounted for SWIFT members. Plus an invitation to attend our Get into Teaching event next week.
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Day 1 | An introduction to the SEND Reflection Framework
Tuesday 23 November 2021 | 0900 – 1500 | Coombeshead Academy, TQ12 1PT
Day 2 | Peer SEND Review Training (including Coaching Skills) with Whole School SEND
Thursday 20 January 2022 - with Whole School SEND | 0900 – 1500 | Coombeshead Academy, TQ12 1PT
Days 3/4 | February/March 2022 in the field, with support from SEND Peer Review trained SENDCOs in the area
Day 5 | Developing SEND Practice in School
Tuesday 10 May 2022 | 0900 – 1500 | Coombeshead Academy, TQ12 1PT
This programme will support and develop the knowledge and expertise of existing and new SENDcos and Senior Leaders to ensure that schools have robust systems to cope with SEND throughout their setting.
Participants will develop an outstanding leadership of SEND through a specialised programme of training, challenge and hands-on application and by the end of the programme will also:
Day 1 | Monday 15 November 2021 | 0900 – 1600
Day 2 | Tuesday 16 November 2021 | 0900 – 1600
Plymouth Cricket Club, Devonport Hill, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4PR
Led by NHS Livewell, this course is an opportunity to learn the Mental Health First Aid tools and techniques to use within the classroom:
Audience | Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads, Designated Safeguarding Leads, Early Career Teachers, Aspirant Teachers and Experienced Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Headteachers/ Principals, Leaders/Managers, Middle Leaders, Pastoral staff, Primary, School Administrators, SEND, SENDCOs, Senior Leaders, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, THRIVE Practitioners.
Every delegate will be issued with a full workbook and manual as part of the course.
Upon course completion, each delegate will receive full accreditation as a Mental Health First Aider from Mental Health First Aid England
Cost | SWIFT Members £250
Working with Tarka Learning Partnership, we are pleased to announce our new partnership with the Chartered Management Institute and Petroc to develop a practical programme based on the skills and approaches Primary Subject Leaders need to develop their expertise.
1. Auditing Subjects
2. Personal Leadership Development Planning
3. Creating a Vision/ Intent for your subject
4. Subject Development Planning
5. Establishing high quality features of subject Teaching and Learning
6. Curriculum design: Progression, Cohesion and Consistency
7. Team development planning – leading CPD and subject knowledge
8. Monitoring planning, teaching, learning outcomes and adapting plans
9. Data and Assessment Analysis
10. Evaluating subject development plans and reporting to SLT/Governors
11. Preparing for Ofsted Deep Dives Leadership
Andy Ogden | Andy has over 25 years experience in Primary teaching, leadership training and coaching. Described as ‘dynamic and inspirational’ he is the Deputy CEO of Tarka Trust responsible for Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and CPD. Previous roles include Headteacher, Literacy Consultant, NPQ Lead facilitator and Director of Devon Primary SCITT and Teaching School.
Chris Wardle | Chris is a highly regarded Primary and Secondary leader and trainer and a qualified Educational Psychologist. ‘Highly engaging he supports us to find pragmatic solutions to tricky issues’. He is the Director for Safeguarding and Inclusion Conducts whole school SEND Reviews and co-wrote the National SEAL materials.
Stephen Pickering | Stephen is lecturer in Higher Education at Petroc College.
Formerly he taught at a range of secondary, middle and primary schools before becoming Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester in UG and PG Initial Teacher Education as well as Primary and Outdoor Education. He led, ‘What is Inspirational Teaching’ at Worcester University for five years. Editor and author of ‘Teaching Outdoors Creatively,’ he is a consultant for the Geographical Association and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Webinars for Subject Leaders to find out more
Tuesday 21 September 2021 | 1600 -1700
Wednesday 29 September 2021 | 1600 -1700
Webinars for Headteacher/Line Manager to find out more
Wednesday 6 October 2021 | 1600 -1700
Cost | Fully funded Level 3 Apprenticeship, which can be drawn from the school’s Apprenticeship Levy pot. Or if the school has used its funding pot, £225.
We are pleased to announce the termly dates for the Primary Subject Leader Briefings for 2021-2022 for the following:
Sessions will be a blend of online and face-to-face and will provide training and key developments and national updates.
Cost | SWIFT members FREE | Other colleagues £50
Friday 12 November 2021 | 0930 - 1600
The Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground PL27 7JE
The phrase ‘high quality teaching’ is almost certainly used more than it is examined.
The OneCornwall Conference explicitly aims to address many of the practices behind the term, and to focus on improving outcomes for disadvantaged students.
‘Ensuring every teacher is supported in delivering high quality teaching is essential to achieving the best outcomes for all pupils, particularly the most disadvantaged’ EEF, School Improvement Planning
0930 | Arrive and coffee
1000 | Welcome from OneCornwall Teaching School Hub
1015 | Outline of the day and the conference focus (John Rodgers and Andy Brumby)
1030 | Keynote 1: Tackling disadvantage: what works and what doesn’t (Marc Rowland)
1130 | Break
1150 | Choice of workshops:
Workshop 1: Effective scaffolding (Andy Brumby)
Workshop 2: Making the Implicit Explicit: an introduction to Metacognition (Helen Thorneycroft)
Workshop 3: Implementing metacognition at scale: a case study (Jon Eaton and Marc Cooper)
1300 | Lunch
1345 | Keynote 2: An Introduction to the EEF’s
Professional Development guidance report (Lorwyn Randall)
14:45 Choice of workshops:
Workshop 4: Applying Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction (John Rodgers)
Workshop 5: Implementing evidence informed approaches (Jon Eaton)
1545 | Closing reflections (John Rodgers and Andy Brumby)
1600 | End
Andy Brumby: Co Director, Cornwall Associate Research School.
Marc Cooper: As Deputy Headteacher at Brannel School Marc led a trust wide implementation programme focused on metacognition.
Clare Crowle: Strategic Lead, OneCornwall Teaching School Hub.
Jon Eaton: Director , Kingsbridge Research School.
Lorwyn Randall: Regional Delivery Lead South West & South Coast, Education Endowment Foundation.
John Rodgers: Co Director, Cornwall Associate Research School.
Marc Rowland: National expert and published author for the effective use of the Pupil Premium in schools.
Helen Thorneycroft: Evidence Lead in Education, Kingsbridge Research School.
Audience | MAT CEOs, Governors, Primary and Secondary Headteachers, Senior Leaders, classroom teachers (N.B. implementation workshops 3 and 5 are more suitable for leaders).
Cost | £60 (ECTs £30)
Contact | Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org
A OneCornwall and Cornwall Associate Research School Conference
Friday 24 September 2021 | 0830 – 1245 | St James School, Exeter
Alex explores the challenges our pupils face in accessing an academic curriculum.
He characterises the 'vocabulary' gap at every Key Stage, before then offering practical strategies to undertake in the classroom, alongside leading on language across the whole school.
0830 - 0900 Coffee and arrival
0900 - 0920 Lindsay Skinner, Headteacher of St James, to introduce
0920 - 1045 Alex explores the challenges of accessing the academic curriculum & the issues which are caused by the 'vocabulary gap'
1045 - 1115 Coffee break and networking opportunities
1115 - 1245 Alex shares a range of practical strategies and ideas to tackle the 'vocabulary gap'
Cost | FREE
Contact | Robin Scott | email@example.com
PLEASE BOOK BY Friday 17 September 2021
Directions & Parking
This event is sponsored by Oxford University Press in association with SWIFT & Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust
At the start of this new academic year, we are delighted to welcome our new members of South West Institute for Teaching (SWIFT) and hope the Autumn Term has started well for colleagues.
SWIFT is a partnership organisation committed to bringing together the best CPD from our area, alongside flagship national programmes, including the Early Career Framework and the reformed NPQs.
We are proud of the collaborative nature of our work.
To the best of our knowledge, we have gone further than any other region to create a coherent partnership of (now) former Teaching School Alliances, Research School, Schools, Trusts and the new Teaching School Hubs. This means that we are able to cohere a system that offers up much more to our member schools.
It is pleasing to report that to date, 270 schools have signed up to be members of SWIFT and will be able to access a wide range of discounted / no charge CPD this year. As part of this, we have had over 200 RQTs enrolled on our free, year-long ECF-style programme designed by SWIFT.
Within our Teaching School Hub programme, we have 700 Early Career Teachers and Mentors starting on the Early Career Framework this September and we have received (as part of our partnership with Leading Schools South West) over 350 NPQ applications. We are extremely grateful to school leaders for their generous support.
We are now pleased to share the following updates:
We look forward to working with you this academic year.
Martin Smith | Director of South West Institute for Teaching
Kingsbridge (Education South West) and Colyton Teaching School Hubs
If you want to find out more about becoming a member of SWIFT see here:
The purpose of the Professional Community is to develop a strong and eclectic network of Headteachers who enjoy:
There are a clear set of principles that underpin the work of the Professional Community:
For the past decade there have been examples of successful schools collaborating, leading to significant improvements; including London Challenge in the UK and Uncommon Schools & KIPP from the US.
With an overwhelming volume of innovations, new theories and polarised opinions, this Professional Community will seek and scrutinise both the latest and long-standing best practice in this country and abroad, with a view to providing a practical and well-informed approach to improvement within our schools.
Support and Challenge
As a group, we will support and challenge each other to both devise and enact critical developments within our schools and ensure that we know the efficacy of these acts.
The programme will consist of five sessions over the academic year 2021-2022, beginning in October and will include:
The content of the sessions can be flexible to reflect the priorities and interests of the Professional Community members.
Professional Community Leads
Tim Harris | Headteacher of Colyton Grammar School
Steve Margetts | Headteacher of Torquay Academy
Tim Rutherford | Headteacher of West Exe School (Exeter)
The programme is for established Secondary Headteachers from all career stages and includes all secondary school types and all Ofsted ratings.
Day 1 | Friday 8 October 2021 | 1100 - 1500 | Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh
Identifying Change & Implementation
Sharing successful implementation of change and how the need for this change was identified.
Day 2 | Friday 26 November 2021 | West Exe School, Exeter
Ambitious and Sustainable Improvement
An opportunity to discuss and review strategic improvements over different timescales, in different contexts.
Day 3 | Friday 4 February 2022 | Torquay Academy
Improvement Investing in People
An opportunity to share how we recruit, retain and develop the very best staff for our students.
Day 4 | Dates to be confirmed
Informal (optional) visits to schools:
Post-Easter | Dates to be confirmed
Cost | FREE to SWIFT members.
Contact | Jude Owens | Jude.Owens@sw-ift.org.uk
PLEASE BOOK BY Friday 1 October 2021
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