News and information for all schools in 2018-19

Welcome to our website dedicated to the Teaching Schools Council and its work in Eastern England. Teaching Schools East was established in 2015 and, now, as Teachings Schools East and NE London the organisation brings together over one hundred teaching schools and alliances across East Anglia. It works in conjunction with the national TSC and the office of the Regional Schools Commissioner as well as with multi academy trusts, OFSTED, the regional dioceses and local authorities.


The Teaching Schools East Strategy Group is the key driver behind these developments working with local and sub regional meetings and initiatives and networks which deliver Strategic Support and funding, SLE and LLE training, Key Stage 2 support and encouragement for aspiring heads and support for recently qualified teachers.


Stay in Touch


Teaching Schools East publishes a monthly newsletter circulated to all schools, not just Teaching Schools, in the Eastern region. This includes news, updates on projects, funding opportunities and lots more. To receive your own copy of the newsletter, contact Mark Lambell here. For national news visit the Teaching Schools Council national website.



TSAs and their Role


In the past five years, responsibility for school improvement, continuing professional development and initial teacher training has been brought within the remit of the teaching school alliance organisations.


In the East this makes the nurturing and developing of new teaching schools and teaching school alliances a strategic priority. It is also important to build the system leader team (National Leaders of Education, Specialist Leaders and Local Leaders) and to create the capacity which can support these new roles.


TSA recruitment continues so check to see if your school qualifies. Also, make links with your nearest teaching school network to be involved in local CPD and ITT, and also to find out about new funding opportunities.

TSC East System Leader Conferences at RAF Duxford in 2015 with Matt Dawson MBE and at Wellcome Genome Centre in 2016 with Sir David Carter. Then, in 2017 with Dame Alison Peacock and in 2018 with Sir John Jones.



Save the date for the regional TSA/ System Leadership Conference. It will be held on March 22, 2019 and located once again at the Welcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire.



Regional Research Schools Event – Creating Our Future – Thursday 29th November. Here is an exciting opportunity to find out more about what the regional research schools are doing. There's a flyer here with more details about the event and their webpage is here. Teacher led research funded by government is something teachers have argued in favour of for many years and now it needs your support and involvement to thrive.



The SEND Review Tool, a free guide on how to conduct a SEND Review, has been developed for schools to arrange their own review. The Regional SEND leads appointed by the Whole School SEND consortium can provide information and advice on SEND Reviews and put you in contact with trained reviewers.



The School Experience team is running another Spotlight on SEP initiative in November, a time of year schools have suggested. If your school would be interested in offeringthe programme, you can create a profile by contacting the SEP team on 0800 085 0962 or by emailing the DfE. A Spotlight week includes focused features on social media and direct communication with candidates.



The Equality and Diversity (E&D) fund is now open for bids. The aim of the fund is to increase diversity in school leadership. There's a new framework for 2018-20 and you need to apply through the regional hub. More details here.



The Chartered College of Teaching have recently launched a consultation looking at the potential to develop a system for quality assuring CPD for teachers. Further details about the consultation can be found here. Please do consider responding to the online consultation or attending one of the face-to-face consultation events.



The Sports England Specialist Training Programme is now available to all secondary schools and TSAs will be asked to support the delivery of this programme. Further details are available here.



Apply now for Academy Fabric Improvement Grants to improve your school. There is a tight deadline. The Condition Improvement Fund can be accessed here. The deadline for registering is Nov 30 2018 and the deadline for applications is Dec 13 2018.



The new DFE job listing service is getting underway in the next few months and should save schools in the area a huge amount of money. It is important that as many schools as possible signup to the new service because that will make it both viable and effective And TSAS can take the lead. Find out more here.



Pupil Premium Hubs are now established in the region. Find out more about PP Reviews here. The hubs broker pupil premium reviews and support quality assurance. The new Eastern region hub is at Norfolk Teaching and Leadership Excellence Centre and you can find out more about its work from Lisa Clark.



System Leader Newsletter: The System Leader Newsletter for October has been circulated. This edition includes important email updates, information on school improvement deployment recording for NLGs. Click here to view the newsletter. If you would like to receive your own copy on publication, please contact System.LEADERS@education.gov.uk



The DFE is reshaping its school improvement pages and there will be a new section dedicated to the school improvement support, which schools can access, and the providers delivering it. Information is grouped into categories such as curriculum and leadership, and structured in a way that helps schools to easily identify support that is available to meet a particular school improvement need, and if they are eligible to receive it. As a first stage there are new pages on the gov.uk website. Find them here.




Inspiring Leadership Conference 2019: Save the Date!This conference takes place at the ICC in Birmingham on June 6-7 2019. The Teaching Schools Council is likely to be a partner in shaping and influencing the event alongside the NAHT.



The Teaching School Data Hub is now closed. See the Teaching Schools Page for more details. The NLE Data Hub is now open. More details on the National Leaders Page.



Curriculum Planning Video: there's a new video available featuring Nick Gibb, Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney discussing the importance of long-term collaborative planning as opposed to detailed daily lesson plans. It features a case study from Whitley Bay High School and is worth sharing.



The Future Talent Fund announced by Justin Greening in December 2017 has been cancelled by the government only a couple of months after bids were requested. It was intended to help secondary schools improve performance of the brightest disadvantaged pupils but the money will now be diverted to early years education.



Free teacher subject specialism training (TSST) courses: The new directory has just been published for courses available in secondary mathematics, core maths, physics and modern foreign languages. If you have enquiries, this is the place to direct them. Find out more here.



There is a new guide to Student Loan reimbursement available for teachers and schools. It contains details of eligibility criteria, payment rates and how to apply. Find out more here.








Key Links


The TSC National Website: http://www.tscouncil.org.uk


Schools Week: Up-to-date news and information on education. http://schoolsweek.co.uk


Teaching Schools and System Leader National Directory. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/system-leaders-who-they-are-and-what-they-do


The Teaching School Handbook: The latest version of this guidance for new and established teaching schools is now available. You can find a copy here.




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