Teaching School Alliances
If you would like to become a teaching school?
The East of England needs more Teaching Schools and teaching school alliances to deliver the school led system. Does your school have the capacity to support other schools? Do you have teachers who could become specialist leaders of education in key subject areas like mathematics, literacy and in science or who are expert in acting as a SENCO or in dealing with Pupil Premium?
Do you meet the new revised criteria for teaching schools? You need to be rated good by OFSTED, good for leadership and management and have a track record of supporting other schools. Take a look at the revised criteria here.
Following the designation of Cohort 12 in May 2018 there is no immediate schedule for further recruitment of teaching schools but stay in touch with the DFE webpages here.
If You Need Support from a Teaching School?
Teaching Schools are there to offer support at all times, not just when a school gets into difficulties. As headteacher, you often know when something isn't quite right in a subject area or department and an expert practitioner can help you identify the problem, if there is one, and help you put it right.
Asking for SLE help means you get visited by a teaching colleague with particular expertise in that area and its much cheaper than you think when compared to any sort of commercial organisation intervention.
Also. it is less threatening for any of your staff involved and does not involve any sort of process of complaint. It is just focused help, pure and simple.
So find an East of England TSA today and solve your problems without fuss. Here is the up-to-date list of TSAs in the East of England and North East London- more than you think - and they are waiting to help you.
Do something about diversity!
The EENEL Equality and Diversity (E&D) Fund Is now accepting bids for the period from 2018-20. This fund has been offered since 2014 and over 2000 teachers have been involved so far. The aim is to increase the diversity of the school leadership workforce. A new model has been introduced to increase geographical coverage and provide new opportunities to scale up best practice delivery models. The fund covers the following themes: Disability; Gender reassignment; Race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin; Sex; Sexual orientation.
If you would like to be involved, you need to apply for funding from the lead school which is Linton Village College. If you receive a grant you will become a sub regional hub. Five schools in Round 1 were successful in applying to be sub regional hubs and the intention is that there will eventually be eight. Apply now to become a hub from January 2019.
There is now a regional website about the equality and diversity programme in the region:
Teaching Schools Data Hub Is now Closed
The data hub has been open since May but is now closed. The intention is that the hub will close for a 4-week period to allow the DfE to extract the data then re-open in late October 2018, for alliances to report on activity throughout the 2018/19 academic year.
TSAs are encouraged to make data input a year round task rather than a final task before a deadline which should help schools to plan and report. The DfE is always looking at ways to improve the Data Hub and if you would be willing to give feedback or take part in user-research such as telephone interviews please email the DfE and title your email Data Hub - External Feedback and User Research.
Evaluating the work of Teaching Schools
All teaching schools need to find a way to evaluate the work that they do and in 2017 eighteen teaching schools across the region piloted a new peer review model. The model was developed by the Education Development Trust and Maggie Farrar and is already used in the North East and West Midlands so we can be confident about its effectiveness.
The time commitment beyond two introductory meeting is to hold three face-to-face meetings with your triad schools spread across the year and an end of year meeting to share lessons learned. If you would like to take part in the next peer review cohort, contact Mark Lambell here with your name, email address, teaching school name and local authority area.
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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