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
To search across our full range of courses, community (network) events, conferences and projects visit our booking portal using Search and Book link in menu or via link below.
Guidance on how to use the CPD WebBased Booking System
Please note - bookings for this programme are currently closed!
However, we have a cancellation list.
Our partner, Plymouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA) and SWIFT will be working with Devon Local Authority to deliver The Plymouth Oracy Project to primary schools in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay for the next academic year.
This is a funded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme supported by a range of high-quality resources. Delivered by PTSA-accredited trainers, it builds on the strong impact measures achieved in Plymouth schools, and numerous Devon and Somerset cohorts since September 2019.
“High quality of delivery and resources has given participants confidence to lead Oracy within their schools.”
A Headteacher on the Torridge and DTSA Oracy Training
Plymouth Oracy Outcomes:
CPD 1 | Wednesday 6 October 2021
Foundation Building Blocks for Oracy Development, Developing an Effective Model to Implement Oracy and Starter Activities to Develop Oracy in Schools.
CPD 2 (Twilight) | Tuesday 23 November 2021
Assessment and Progression within Oracy
CPD 3 | Wednesday 19 January 2022
The Importance of Vocabulary Development in Students and How to Improve the Teaching of Vocabulary.
CPD 4 | Tuesday 22 March 2022
Developing Oracy Pastorally/ Through the News (The Economist Foundation)
CPD 5 | Thursday 5 May 2022
An Introduction to Dialogic Teaching
CPD 6 | Tuesday 21 June 2022
Visiting Good Practice in a Primary School and Impact Report Presentations
Timings and Venues:
Full Day | 0930 – 1530
Twilight | 1545 – 1715
Sessions 1 – 4 will be delivered online and Sessions 5 and 6 will be face-to-face subject to Government social distancing guidelines at the time.
It is recommended that a member of your Senior Leadership Team (with some responsibilities for curriculum) and an outstanding practitioner from your school attends the training.
Research from The Plymouth Oracy Project has demonstrated that schools which have successfully embedded Oracy have a trained SLT member to support implementation.
FREE to Devon, Plymouth and Torbay schools.
This programme is funded by Kingsbridge and Colyton Teaching Schools Hubs and Devon Local Authority.
For schools outside the Devon, Plymouth and Torbay area, there is a charge of £350 per delegate.
This offer is on a first come, first serve basis and the cohort will be capped at the first 50 places.
Please book by Monday 27 September 2021.
From September 2021 our extensive range of subject and leadership networks will be renamed Professional Communities. These are termly meetings led by experts from across the SWIFT partnership, where the focus is on providing updates on national and regional excellence, sharing local examples of effective practice, staging expert and practitioner inputs and curating and sharing resources.
Key Features of Professional Communities
Termly Events with Compelling Agendas
Agendas for Professional Community termly meetings are carefully planned to ensure they capture the priorities of community members, and connect these to the best of regional, national and available evidence.
Contributors to community events will include leading national voices on issues, key officials from national agencies like Ofsted, researchers from the EEF and universities and leads from DfE CPD providers like English Hubs and EdTech Demonstrators. In addition, local members of the Professional Community that are developing outstanding practice are able to share through events.
Expert Facilitation and Support
Our team of Professional Community leads provide a high level of expertise, enabling the design of high-quality agendas, recruitment of expert speakers and the identification of local expertise. Our leads are supported by experienced administration teams that ensure we provide a high-quality experience.
Focus on Core Business
Because your time is precious, we commit to ensuring that the agendas focused on your core business. For subject Professional Communities, this means we focus on teaching, assessment, and curriculum. For non-teaching Professional Communities, we focus on priorities set by the community.
Tools for Sharing
For 2021-2022, we will be introducing tools that support community sharing, including a new SWIFT Resource Library. We will create simple systems to enable colleagues to share and connect between events across the year.
Interested in joining our Professional Community Lead Team?
We are currently recruiting Professional Community Leads.
The deadline for applications is Monday 13 September 2021 at 5pm.
To find out more, you can download the flyer below:
Reformed NPQs live from September 2021
We are delighted to inform you that the Teaching School Hubs in Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon and Torbay are working in partnership with Leading Schools South West and Teach First to make available to your school the full suite of reformed NPQs from September 2021.
The partnership has been formed in order to support schools in developing world-class leaders, bringing together the best local knowledge and context with the national experience and programmes of Teach First.
Four Teaching School Hubs have the responsibility to support the professional development needs of schools, including the provision of ECF and NPQ, across the area:
Leading Schools South West (LSSW) is a registered Charity that since 2012 has seen over 3,000 leaders graduate on its NPQ courses. It has one of the highest ratings from the DfE QA process of all national providers to date. It pioneered NPQs through an Apprenticeship route, with over 150 leaders taking advantage of this route, all successfully and over 60% with Apprenticeship distinctions. Over 150 leaders have already registered for courses from September.
Teach First is a national charity offering innovative ITT courses, NPQ and other school improvement courses. Teach First has 18 years’ experience designing and delivering high-quality training to schools that need it most. TF have reached >19,000 Teachers across its programmes, including ITT (rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 41/48 areas) and current NPQ suite. 90% of NPQ alumni report they can now implement improvements to their school, and 100% of Headteachers were satisfied with TF’s Leading Together programme and Headship First pilot (which supports those new to Headship).
All NPQs are taught through a blended balance of online individual learning, online seminars and face-to-face meetings. They are designed in recognition that leaders are already busy people, with a simplified end-of-course assessment. There are two cohorts annually, starting in Autumn and Spring.
Leadership National Professional Qualifications (NPQ)
Three new specialist NPQs replacing the current NPQML (12 month programmes) :
Three revised NPQs (18 month programmes) :
Programme Summaries and Application Forms
You can find out more here about the programmes and an application form:
for Teachers and School Leaders
You can find out more about the process of signing-up for one of the reformed NPQs here.
STEP 1 | Find out more about the Reformed NPQs
STEP 2 | Your Application
STEP 3 | Processing Applications
STEP 4 | The Course Structure
STEP 5 | Assessment
The closing date for the Cohort 1 applications is
Friday 10 September 2021.
Once you have decided to apply for an NPQ, you will need to register on the Department for Education website (see the link here), which will check your eligibility for participation and possible funding.
Scholarship Update from the Department for Education
The Department for Education have now confirmed scholarship funding for NPQs.
Full scholarships are available for the following:
Schools with the top 30th percentile of Pupil Premium (and not 30% of Pupil Premium as previously stated)*
*Please note this update is further to recent DfE guidance.
We are seeking clarity on whether this applies to Executive Officers in MATs who have at least one school that meets this criterion.
Work with us as a Facilitator
The date for Facilitator applications has now closed.
The role of Facilitator is to facilitate online seminars at the end of modules (one hour each) and the face-to-face conferences. Training is provided by Teach First, with ongoing support from LSSW and your school would be recompensed for your time.
To arrange an individual conversation about the needs of your school or Trust (for example, to organise a MAT-specific cohort), email Ally Williams.
We are pleased to offer this programme to support Recently Qualified Teachers (RQTs) in their second year of teaching (RQTs / Year 2 ECTs) in order to continue to build on an excellent start to their career.
This year’s programme has been planned specifically to ensure that sessions help to support teachers who have experienced disruption to their first year due to the COVID-19 situation. Organised in core themes, the programme will be delivered through a series of twilight sessions designed to respond to the needs of teachers in the early stages of their teaching career.
Numbers permitting, sessions 2, 4 and 5 will be led by experienced facilitators in their field and will be delivered in groups according to the subject/phase specialism of the teacher. We will seek to exemplify key standards outlined in the Early Career Framework by providing related practical strategies that can be easily applied in the classroom.
Venue & Dates
Session 1 | Wednesday 29 September 2021 | 1400 – 1600
Session 2 | Wednesday 17 November 2021 | 1400 – 1600
Session 3 | Wednesday 19 January 2022 | 1400 – 1600
Session 4 | Wednesday 30 March 2022 | 1400 – 1600
Session 5 | Wednesday 25 May 2022 | 1400 – 1600
Session 6 | Wednesday 6 July 2022 | times TBC (all day)
Sessions 1 – 5 | Online via Microsoft Teams AND Session 6 | TBC
Optional School Visits
During Terms 3, 4 and 5 teachers will have the opportunity to visit another school in order to experience teaching in an alternative setting.
We will be asking those schools involved in the programme to host a visit.
This programme is suited for Recently Qualified Teachers (in their second year of teaching).
Early Years | Primary | Secondary | Special | Alternative Provision
The programme is free to schools in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay and is funded by Kingsbridge and Colyton Teaching School Hubs.
Please book your place by Friday 16 July 2021.
Did you know?
All state-funded schools that currently have an NQT due to complete their induction this summer will be eligible for a one-off payment of £1200, which equates to 44 hours of additional time to invest in their development.
Schools that receive the payment may be asked to explain how they have used this time and, as such, registering for this free programme will help you demonstrate to the Department for Education how you have supported your RQT.
Find out more here about the additional funding available for those teachers who are currently undertaking induction.
We are pleased to offer this Leverage Leadership (LL) programme for the next academic year 2021-2022.
A highly respected framework among School Leaders, many of today's most successful Schools and Trusts owe something to the principles of Leverage Leadership.
The newly created Department for Education Exemplary Leadership Programme led by STAR Academies along with Dixons, Outwood Grange and Inspirations Trusts has LL at its core.
This SWIFT Leadership Leverage in Action programme takes key LL approaches and provides Headteachers and Senior Leaders with a framework that will enable them to implement their own vision, values and culture into their school.
The LL approach is modelled through the lens of ‘Culture and Behaviour’ and ‘Observation, Feedback and Coaching’; and this approach can be applied to any aspect of school leadership.
● An exploration of the 7 Levers of Leverage Leadership.
● The ‘See It, Name It, Do it’ approach will be applied to the context of the day’s theme.
● Expert inputs from practising leaders that have used LL principles to improve significantly pupil outcomes, behaviour, and culture in their school.
● School walkarounds on each day.
The programme will be two face-to-face days at West Exe School and Torquay Academy.
Day 1 | Wednesday 13 October 2021 | 0930 - 1500 | School Culture and Behaviour (West Exe School)
Ideally attended by Headteacher and the Behaviour Lead.
Day 2 | Tuesday 18 January 2022 | 0930 - 1500 | Observation, Feedback and Coaching (Torquay Academy)
Ideally attended by T&L Lead and one other.
The programme is for primary and secondary schools.
To maximise the benefit from this course, we ask the Headteacher to attend both days with a Senior Leader who has responsibility for the day’s theme.
Steve Margetts | Principal of Torquay Academy
Steve joined Torquay Academy as Principal in 2014.
During that time, exam results have increased significantly, and Torquay Academy is now heavily oversubscribed.
Steve is currently participating in the new Exemplary Leadership Programme led by STAR Academies and has extensive knowledge from his numerous fact-finding missions to America looking at the Leverage Leadership Institute and the Chartered Schools programme, which has radically addressed the disadvantaged attainment inequalities in some cities.
Harrison Littler | Vice Principal of Torquay Academy
Harrison joined Torquay Academy in 2018, having previously been national lead for United Learning’s SCITT teacher training. Since 2019, Harrison has lead Teaching and Learning and has undertaken innovation is the field of coaching and use of video technology.
Members £250 per school | Non-members £350 per school.
Fees include participation of Headteacher and two Senior Leaders.
For further information email Jude Owens
The Early Career Framework (ECF) is a statutory two-year package of high-quality professional development (training, support, and resources) for schools with Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)*
Part of the Department for Education’s Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, the ECF supports Early Career Teachers (and their Mentors) in the first two years of teaching.
Kingsbridge Teaching School Hub (part of Education South West) and Colyton Teaching School Hubs will be working with Teach First to create an area-wide partnership that supports schools across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
The statutory assessment of Early Career Teachers is also changing to two-years to correspond to the Early Career Framework and SWIFT will be providing this support through its Appropriate Body service.
Advantages of working with SWIFT for the Early Career Framework?
*From September NQTs will be re-named Early Career Teachers (ECTs).
To find out more about working with us, you can watch (again) the Early Engagement Event presentation here:
To guide you on the SWIFT Early Career Framework sign-up journey see the briefing here:
*Please note, booking has now closed for the Early Career Framework programme 2021-2022*.
All schools that offer a statutory induction are required to have an Appropriate Body (AB) for their Early Career Teachers (ECTs). Appropriate Bodies play a key role in statutory teacher induction.
From September 2021, in addition to monitoring that ECTs receive their statutory entitlements, Appropriate Bodies will support schools and ECTs to meet the new statutory guidance.
As one of our Teaching School Hub responsibilities, from September 2021, SWIFT will provide one streamlined AB service for primary and secondary ECTs across the South West. This service will also cater for NQTs who have already commenced induction prior to September 2021.
Through moderation and quality assurance, SWIFT will work collaboratively with schools to ensure that ECTs are fairly and consistently assessed. In line with the new guidance, we will also be conducting fidelity checks, ensuring ECTs are receiving a programme of support and training based on the Early Career Framework (ECF).
The new SWIFT AB service combines the expertise of three very established AB teams from across the South West: NQTSW (West Country TSA and Ventrus TSA) and Torbay TSA; with over 17 years of experience.
Did you know?
SWIFT offers a combined Early Career Framework and Appropriate Body package.
To find out more about the SWIFT ECF Programme you can visit or website page:
If you would like to express an interest in the SWIFT AB service or find out more about the service that we provide, please complete the form below and one of our team will be in contact with the next steps for registering your ECTs.
For further information, you can contact our Colyton and Kingsbridge Appropriate Body Teams:
“We have worked with (SWIFT) for four years and have been consistently impressed with the organisation and ease of access to resources and support for NQTs, mentors and the NQT coordinator. This is particularly true during a recent QA visit, where moderators provided the school and NQT with supportive advice to ensure progress and ultimately a successful outcome for our NQT. The moderators visited the school and met with all parties which ensured a fair and transparent process. Communication with (SWIFT) is easy and immediate as emails are answered quickly, often within 24 hours. I have every confidence that the programme assesses and supports our new teachers so that they continue to reflect on practice and make a smooth transition to becoming an RQT.” School A, Exeter
"Both members of the (SWIFT) QA team were very supportive of the school and the processes we have put in place. They were clear about the level of support we were providing and communicated this clearly to us all including the NQT. We felt reassured that what we are offering to the NQT is above and beyond what is expected and again communicated this to the NQT which reassured them they were getting the support they needed. Clear next steps were outlined which gave us a clear picture of what comes next so we feel we have a robust plan in place and if we need to ask more questions then we can”.
“The whole QA process was conducted very smoothly. The assessors gave plenty of support to both the NQT and I in preparation for the visit, and we went into it knowing exactly how it would work and what to expect. The assessors provided the NQT with very useful feedback on a recorded video lesson that he sent to them, and during our Teams call, it was clear that the NQTs best interests were at the centre of the meeting. Everything we discussed was geared entirely towards ensuring the right decision was made for his sake in supporting his development as a teacher”.
“With the support in place from (SWIFT), I've finished this term feeling confident in potentially mentoring more NQTs and ITT colleagues in the future through (SWIFT)”.
Welcome to RSHE Ready
The introduction of the new Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) 2020 guidance for September has put the holistic development of our young people back at the centre of education.
All schools will be required to deliver a broad, rich and appropriate RSHE curriculum to all pupils. This will be challenging for many schools and RSHE Ready is here to help address some of the most pressing challenges. SWIFT are leading the Department for Education training to support schools in the South West in readiness for the new Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) 2020 guidance.
All state secondary, special schools and PRU’s can register an interest now and will receive updates and access to training and materials as they are released.
If you are a primary school who would like to register for the Primary programme please see the booking link below. Torbay Teaching Schools Alliance are delivering the Primary programme.
This offer includes:
This support package is being delivered in waves with a capped number of schools in each wave:
To find out more about the RSHE team, the Learning Portal, and how to access the training and support available:
We have created a digest of some of the best resources for schools on Mental Health and Wellbeing. This includes the NHS and leading charities, like Young Minds and the Charlie Waller Trust.
cbt4schools | Printable resources to support mental health and changing patterns in children and young people to effect positive change.
Creative Education | Practical, engaging online video courses empowering everyone who works with or cares for children to help them develop their skills.
Activity Alliance | Resources to support disabled people to be active at home.
The Youth Sport Trust | A range of resources about sport, and how to support the mental and physical well-being of students.
Open Minds | Provides bespoke tools and sessions to manage emotions, encourage positive thinking and develop a healthy mindset.
Young Minds | Tools for young people to look after their mental health and empower adults to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives.
Charlie Waller Trust | Information and resources for mental health and well-being, adolescent psychology, childhood anxiety and depression.
Sunrise Psychology | A bespoke educational psychology service to schools in the South West providing mindfulness courses, therapeutic interventions and staff training.
Psychology Associates | A multidisciplinary practice that provides bespoke training, conferences www.psychologyassociates.org.uk/services-to-education/and support and also access to the Adoption Support Fund.
PSHE Association | PSHE educational lesson materials and planning tools for Association Members and free guidance documents, podcasts and articles for Non-Members.
Able Futures | Mental Health support for employees and apprentices. Employers and apprentice providers can also use the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service.
Education Support | The only UK charity dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of education staff in schools, colleges and universities.
Talkworks | A free confidential, NHS talking therapy service, part of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), for adults in Devon (excluding Plymouth).
Support during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Anna Freud National Centre for Families and Children | Support and advice for young people, parents, schools and colleges, and mental health workers.
Mindheart #COVIBOOK | A book by author Manuela Molina for families to use to support and reassure children under the age of seven to help discuss the range of emotions triggered by the Covid-19 situation.
Public Health England | Information for children to help them understand about Coronavirus, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading.
Podcasts | Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Recovery Curriculum | Barry Carpenter CBE, OBE is the UK’s first Professor in Mental Health in Education at Oxford Brookes University and Honorary Professor at universities in Ireland, Germany and Australia. Awarded an OBE and CBE for services to children with Special Needs, he is included in “Who’s Who” in acknowledgement of his national and international contribution to the field of Special Education.
Government Websites | Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic
We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Chartered College to develop and grow the Chartered Teacher Programme. About the Chartered Teacher Programme The programme has three phases, each with supporting face-to-face events or webinars hosted online (in response to COVID-19). Within each phase, participants will consider their own professional development, explore research and evidence, and demonstrate and extend their knowledge and understanding in key areas.
Vocabulary Ninja | Andrew Jennings
Tuesday 21 September 2021 | 1545 - 1730 | Zoom
Please note your name, school, role and email address for everyone who is accessing the event even if you are using one login so that we have some indication of numbers attending.
How to Build Word Power
Wednesday 6 October 2021 | 1600 - 1715 | Zoom
Facilitated by Kelly Ashley Twitter: @kashleyenglish
FREE Medium Level Support Session
This practical keynote/ workshop will explore strategies to help learners make strong connections with words and language. Kelly Ashley will share ideas for ensuring vocabulary instruction in the primary classroom (ages 4-11) is purposeful and connected using principles outlined in her debut book, "Word Power: Amplifying vocabulary instruction" (2019).
With the central theme of communication, this session aims to give teachers a range of practical tools to strengthen connections between new and known knowledge of words and the world.
Please note your name, school, role and email address for everyone who is accessing the event even if you are using one login so that we have some indication of numbers attending.
Further Information and the Next School Year
We are also now starting to book school audits for the Autumn Term.
If you want to find out more and how you might be eligible for funding support towards your SSP resources, books and training, please email Danni Cooke:
For further information about the Ilsham English Hub, you can can visit the website and pages with videos and information on how to support your children at home and school.
Remote Delivered CPD – Summer Term
West Country Computing Hub (based at Exeter Maths School)
To ensure network-wide coverage, Computing Hubs in the South have developed a more collaborative approach to the scheduling of our CPD courses in the Summer Term.
STEM Clubs Survey
STEM Learning need your help...
to find out more about how STEM Clubs are currently running in UK schools, so that they can continue to best support their needs. If you can spare 15 minutes, they would be hugely grateful if you could complete the survey - see the link below.
As a thank you, there is the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win £100 worth of Rapid kit for your school!
Whole School SEND Professional Development Group
An invitation for schools to participate in a Whole School SEND South West-based Professional Development Group to build a model of sector-led improvement that deepens the understanding of effective practice.
Participation is encouraged from school-based colleagues in all roles and in all settings, and each school will receive £1,000.
To register your interest, please complete the following online form by Friday 25 June 2021.
Places are limited per group available so register your interest now!
SEN Support Webinars | Improving Outcomes for Disadvantaged Young People
Whole School SEND are hosting a series of webinars for the South West region to support schools in developing an implementation plan to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people at SEN Support.
Part 1 | Monday 21 June 2021 | 1600 - 1700 | Development Planning for Inclusion
Featuring guest speaker Marc Rowland.
You can find the recording and presentation slides here
Part 2 | Wednesday 14 July 2021 | 1600 - 1700 | Developing and Embedding Inclusive Practice Featuring case studies from practitioners and a presentation from Dr Jim Rogers.
Part 3 | Tuesday 14 September 2021 | 1600 - 1700 | Implementing, Monitoring and Evaluating Featuring guest speaker Marc Rowland.
You can see here in the summer calendar of events, the latest fully-funded CPDL events delivered by Whole School SEND on a wide range of topics, hosted by our regional lead teams and featuring a range of expert guest speakers.
All events are fully funded by the Department for Education and free to attend.
For More Information
The Whole School SEND Consortium, hosted by nasen, is delivering the Department for Education SEND Schools’ Workforce Support Contract.
It brings together schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to ensuring that every child and young person with SEND can maximise their potential.
Whole School SEND recognise that understanding the local context is crucial to improving national SEND provision. Each region has a Regional SEND team, formed from school-based SEND practitioners, to support the prioritisation of SEND across the region and reflect the Department for Education's Regional Schools Commissioners areas.
The South West region covers the Local Authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole Borough, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, The Isles of Scilly, Torbay and Wiltshire.
The current role is to work in collaboration with all stakeholders to promote good practice for SEND across the region. The role of Whole School SEND is to support schools in prioritising SEND in conjunction with families, children and young people. The aim in the South West is to build a community of practice to meet the needs of children and young people. Parents, carers, school leaders and practitioners are invited to join the Whole School SEND community and share good practice.
Join the Whole School SEND community for free access to a range of resources, CPD opportunities, practical tools and support.
Regional Lead | Erica Wolstenholme
Deputy Regional Leads for the South West | Alison Betts and Emma Vyvyan
Each lead is seconded to work one day a week for Whole School SEND and will be happy to support or signpost you with any SEND related issues.
Tuesday 29 June 2021 | 1600 - 1700 | Online
The Royal Academy of Engineering would like to invite teachers of STEM subjects to an online meeting of CPD, networking and sharing of good practice. This meeting is for teachers looking to develop the STEM curriculum in their school and build the knowledge and confidence to engage more pupils with STEM learning.
After the meeting, participating teachers will receive a unique code to order a resource box containing the requested number of individual pupil packs. More details about the most recent resource box is below.
This is Engineering: Sustainable Futures
Some of the biggest challenges we face stem from how we interact with our environment, and engineering is at the heart of finding sustainable solutions. From renewable power to recycling, to making our homes more energy efficient, this is a vital field. Challenges in this STEM resource invite learners to explore some of these important and pressing challenges that we face as a society and to act and think like engineers as they come up with their own solutions to a sustainable innovation design challenge.
The sustainable innovation design challenge will form part of a competition where we want to see the sustainable design innovations from teams of students from across the UK. Shortlisted teams will have the opportunity to bring their innovations to life with prizes from the Academy; as well as being invited to showcase their work at the Connecting STEM Teachers 10 year celebration event next summer.
The competition will launch in September.
Those attending will receive free training on the Academy’s latest resource: This is Engineering: Sustainable Futures. Teachers will receive a box containing teacher and student guides and distributable packs of equipment and materials to deliver these activities to your pupils, whether they are in school or learning remotely.
In order to guarantee a resource box, please complete this form or email Michael Cronk, Head of Computer Science at Colyton Grammar School Academy Trust, Teacher Coordinator on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering Connecting STEM Teachers programme (CPD Quality Mark - Associate Facilitator, STEM Learning).
Resource boxes will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
If you are unable to attend, any STEM-related teacher from your school can attend to receive the training and resources.
Wednesday 9 June 2021 | 1600 – 1730 | Microsoft Teams
1600-1610 | Welcome and Introductions
1610-1650 | Part 1 | Meet the CPD Providers and Presentations
1650-1730 | Part 2 | One-to-One with the CPD Providers
Working with our local partners, we are pleased to be hosting this FREE Meet the CPD Providers showcase event of English, Computing and Maths Hubs, EdTech Demonstrators, Science Learning Partnership, Whole School SEND in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
With potentially £1000s worth of fantastic CPD and support for schools, this event will enable you to
find out more about the fantastic range of free / low cost DfE-approved CPD opportunities available for your school, meet and make connections with our CPD providers and connect your School Improvement priorities with the existing opportunities from CPD providers ahead of the next academic year.
Participating CPD Providers
Once you have registered we will send you joining links.
We are delighted to offer primary and secondary school colleagues within our region this series of free information and Q&A events with the national Ofsted leads in the following subjects:
Science | Jasper Green
Thursday 1 July 2021 | 1545 – 1700
Languages | Michael Wardle
Thursday 15 July 2021 | 1545 – 1700
English | Sarah Hubbard (aimed at a secondary audience)
Thursday 30 September 2021 | 1545 – 1700
P.E. | Hanna Miller
Thursday 7 October 2021 | 1545 – 1700
Geography | Iain Freeland
Thursday 14 October 2021 | 1545 – 1700
Audience | All SWIFT Schools and SLT and Subject Leads
Three places per school (thank you for making an individual booking per person)
For More Information
Starts October 2021 until May/June 2022
The Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism (QCF) is a bespoke primary school Physical Education qualification, developed by the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) and Sports Leaders UK.
The aim of the qualification is to up-skill primary teachers to assist in the delivery of high quality primary school P.E. and raise the standards of P.E. teaching and meet OFSTED expectations for effective use of P.E. and Sports Premium funding.
On successful completion of the course, participants will gain the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) and Sports Leaders UK Level 5 Certificate in Primary Physical Education Specialism Course.
* Dates may be subject to change.Course Dates
(Generally 0900 - 1600 = 45 guided learning hours)
Tuesday 5 October 2021
Wednesday 10 November 2021
Thursday 6 January 2022
Monday 7 March 2022
Wednesday 27 April 2022
Tuesday 24 May 2022
Tuesday 28 June 2022 (portfolio completion)
* The dates may be subject to change.
Paignton Academy and/or other local facilities in the Torbay area.
There are no plans to offer the course virtually; however, a limited number of sessions may need to be
moved to a remote delivery model depending on the situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided on each of the training days.
£1,000 | £500 will be required prior to 5 October 2021 to secure a place and a second payment of £500 on completion of the course immediately after 24 May 2022.
How to Apply
To apply, please complete the application form below and return to John Julyan:
Address | Paignton Academy, Waterleat Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 3WA
Email | firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone | 01803 403005
Closing Date for Applications | Monday 13 September 2021
The EEF is currently running a project to establish the larger scale efficacy of the Oxford University Working Memory (WM) and Working Memory + Arithmetic (WM+A) programmes.
This will build on previous smaller studies that show the programmes to be effective with promise for scaling up and 20 schools are to be recruited in the South West region to take part.
The programme is Teaching Assistant-led and teacher supported and involves the TA teaching 10 children one lesson a week in pairs, which is five hours of teaching time.
Schools applying should have at least 30 children in their Year 3 cohort.
Schools that are accepted into the project will then be randomly assigned either:
A place on the trial:
This will involve free training for a teacher and a Teaching Assistant, as well as free access to the materials needed to deliver it.
OR a place as a control group for the trial:
These schools will be given a cash grant, equal to the value of having to purchase the programme. This money can be used later to train a teacher and a Teaching Assistant on Working Memory (WM) and Working Memory + Arithmetic (WM+A) programmes, or can be spent at the school’s discretion.
How to Register
To register your interest please complete and return the registration form below as soon as possible.
The two days of training will commence in October 2021 in the Plymouth area.
For more information
Contact Andy Tynemouth | Primary Maths Adviser | Babcock LDP
Jurassic Maths Hub | Pathways 2021/22
You can find out more about the Primary and Early Years, Level 3 and Secondary Pathways for the next academic year here
CODE Maths Hub | Challenging Topics
The Challenging Topics Work Group aims to raise students’ attainment by exploring mathematical topics that students find difficult, then collaboratively planning and trialling sequences of lessons to overcome their challenges.
“I think that it is so helpful and important to take time to talk to other professionals about Maths, learning from each other and gleaning new ideas. I really would like to do this again next year.”
Following the first meeting, participants in the workgroup will have identified a topic that students in their schools find challenging. Supported by the Work Group Lead, they will work to combine their own experiences with research around student difficulties and will then collaboratively design and trial lesson sequences.
This Work Group offers an opportunity for teachers to develop professionally by meeting together, having space and time to plan collaboratively and share expertise across schools, as well giving a structure to bring gathered ideas and experiences back to their own departments.
Work Group Leads
Richard Perring | Richard supports and trains Maths teachers nationally and was one of the authors of the NCETM’s Secondary Mastery PD Materials.
Jane Lawrence | Jane was Head of Maths at a school in Torquay and previously led the Exeter University Secondary Maths PGCE programme.
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