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Develop a partnership of Teaching School Alliances (TSAs) in the South West that share the ambition to provide outstanding educational services to schools in the areas of professional development, school improvement and initial teacher training and wider educational services. The partnership would enable TSAs to be collectively more effective and more sustainable in the long term.
The importance of Teaching Schools in the educational sector have grown significantly in recent years. Some examples include:
Crucially, planning is needed to ensure TSAs are sustainable in a future where grant funding may be reduced or removed. Working together allows greater opportunity to achieve this.
Teaching Schools in Phase 1 of Project:
Common Membership Agreement and Fee
Set out shared values, vision and strategic goals. Data Sharing protocols included. Common fee for membership set to allow equitable access to services.
Single online portal to access joint and individual services
Sophisticated online portal that allows all member schools to see their own TSA’s courses, events and services as well as joint courses etc. Portal will automate event management and evaluation procedures. Events can be branded as a TSA event or partnership event. System leaders’ profiles could also be accessible. Each school will have an account where they can access their activity bookings and activity history.
Co-ordinated Professional Development programme
Professional Development programme could be broken down into activities that are: single TSA to its TSA members only or single TSA to all partner TSAs. This allows TSAs to retain their own unique activities, or have access to a wider market of schools or give their members access to a wider range of courses than they could otherwise offer. Programming would take place in Summer Term for following year, leading to a comprehensive Professional Development programme for the year. A funding agreement would be in place so how
Co-ordinated Network programme
Run a co-ordinated programme of primary and secondary networks. Teams of high performing subject / phase leads / SLEs could plan and deliver networks 3 regional venues, sharing speakers and resources. Network leaders would be required to have a track record of strong performance in their area. Covering all curriculum and key student group areas.
Joint System Leaders Team
Schools / MATs would have access to the collective SLEs and NLEs within the partnership. We could create an attractive system leader exchange protocol which would provide alternative payment system. With centralised co-ordination of system leaders, more focus could be placed on training and QA procedures.
Shared Performance Data Services
All members of the three TSAs would have opportunity to share their data and then have access to analysis and support services. We would continue to commission data services like iDASH and potentially scale this up to provide affordable data systems for schools, MATs and TSAs.
Martin Smith – 1st June 2018
We are delighted to welcome two new schools to Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance. Thank you to Dave Holt (Principal of St Luke's Sports and Science College) and Aaron Meredith (Headteacher of Ernesettle Community School) and their teams for joining our alliance and we look forward to working closely with you.
On Thursday 22nd February, Isca Academy hosted thirteen sparkling leaders of the future as part of the Aspiring Senior Leader Programme (ASLP) last week. The session was led by Siobhan Meredith, Headteacher (Marine Academy Primary) and Gary King, Deputy Headteacher (Isca Academy), included an excellent presentation from Isca’s Headteacher, Aimee Mitchell, on ‘The Not to do List’ when applying for Leadership positions. So far on the ASLP, delegates have reflected on research from Daniel Goleman, discussed what it means to be operational and strategic and taken a DOPE Bird Personality Test to see explore their leadership style. For the final day, the Leaders will present about their journeys. Finally, thank you to all the schools who have kindly hosted work shadowing visits from delegates in recent months.
Siobhan Meredith + Gary King
West Country Teaching School Alliance and Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance came together to host a Women Leading in Education South West conference on Wednesday 31st January 5-7pm. Organised by Sara Jacobs from WCTSA, the event was hugely popular – even on a cold, dark night in January! Viv Grant opened the evening with a passionate keynote focused on the power of coaching. This was followed by Margaret Davis, Director of ‘The Glass Lift’, who shared real-life success stories and inspiring outcomes of coaching on individuals and businesses. The closing keynote, by Mary Myatt, asked the audience to consider what soulful schools, heart-based education and courageous leadership should look like. All attendees have shown interest in being coached, or becoming a coach – or both! Regional hub leads will now lead a series of training days for coaches, so that they are well equipped to support women no matter the stage in their career. One attendee said of the event: “What a fantastic event... Inspirational talks, a great atmosphere and freebies. I am sure that the people who attended will have left inspired to improve themselves and others as well as reconnect with their moral purpose.”
Caroline Sherwood | Project Director WLiE SW | English SLE at SMCC
On Wednesday 31st January, Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance hosted an Early Years Network Meeting at Okehampton Primary School, for teachers across Devon who work with children from 2 to 5 years old.
In order to inspire local teachers, an Internationally Accredited Early Years consultant, Alistair Bryce-Clegg was invited to share his knowledge and expertise in this area. Alistair was a Headteacher of a very successful three-form entry Infant School and Early Years Unit in the North of England for ten years. Alongside his headship, he worked with a diverse range of settings to help them to enhance their Early Years practice. In 2009, Alistair left headship and went into full time consultancy. He is now the proud owner of ABC Does. Alistair’s experience and expertise has meant that he has been invited to work with individuals, settings and Local Authorities, both Nationally and Internationally. He has written on the subject of Early Years teaching for a wide variety of publications and is well respected within his field, due to his ethos of leading by example, rather than by simply “telling” teachers what to do.
Alistair spent three hours at Okehampton Primary School focusing on giving teachers some insightful ideas about how to encourage young children to develop the skills needed for writing.
Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance’s Early Years Specialist Leader of Education, Suzie Stevens who is Assistant Headteacher at Okehampton Primary School said, “It was a wonderful opportunity to listen to an Internationally acclaimed Early Years speaker in our local setting. Alistair gave more than 50 local teachers lots of inspiring ideas and tips to develop their practice and take back to their schools. His fantastic sense of humour and realistic anecdotes resulted in teachers having not only an informative day, but also an enjoyable experience too.”
We are delighted to welcome two new schools to Dartmoor TSA: Exmouth Community College and Milton Abbott Primary School, Nr Tavistock. Thanks to both headteachers to investing in membership with us and we look forward to collaborating with staff and pupils from each community. Our membership is now 74 schools.