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Dartmoor TSA and its Teaching Schools South West partners (ECTSA and SWTSA) are delighted to announce our first Summer Conference: Reshaping Education through Research. This will be held on 13 June 2019, 9.30-3.00 at Exeter Racecourse. Please find below the Conference Flyer with Booking Link.
The aim of the conference is to examine the key role of research in education today and explore how school leaders can use the wealth of evidence now available to help reshape our schools for the decade ahead.
We have three high profile national speakers as keynotes:
Professor Daniel Muijs – Head of Research at Ofsted | Daniel’s focus on research is at the heart of the new Education Inspection Framework. Prior to his current role, Daniel was Professor of Education at the University of Southampton
Tom Bennett – Director of researchED| Tom Bennett founded researchED, a grass-roots organisation that raises research literacy in education. Since 2013 researchED has visited three continents. In 2015 he became the UK government’s school ‘Behaviour Czar’
Professor Becky Allen - Chaired the DfE's Teacher Workload Advisory Group. She is Chief Analyst and a co-founder of Teacher Tapp. Until 2018 she was Professor of Education at UCL Institution of Education. Her book on teacher careers called ‘The Teacher Gap’ was published last year.
There will be a wide range of workshops available – please see flyer – with new national and regional presenters being added in the coming weeks.
The conference is aimed at school leaders. We have secured sponsorship which enables us to price tickets at £50 for DTSA, ECTSA and SWTSA members.
We will be providing further information on keynote and workshop titles in the next month. It would be great to have as many Dartmoor TSA members represented at what we hope will be a super event.
Accelerate is a brand-new professional development programme, tailor-made for teachers in the first five years of their career. It’s free for teachers from eligible schools; those that are Ofsted graded 3 or 4 and/or are in a DfE-identified ‘opportunity’ or ‘priority’ area.
Accelerate will provide teachers with the tools and support they need to fast-track their teaching skills and build their confidence. The programme has been specifically designed to improve pupil attainment and keep talented teachers within the profession.
The four-term programme, which aligns with the new Government Recruitment and Retention Strategy, and particularly The Early Career Framework, begins in the spring term 2019. Registration is currently well underway, and it is advisable to apply as soon as possible as spaces are limited and will be allocated on first-come-first-served basis after eligibility.
How does Accelerate work?
Accelerate delivers evidence-informed training that has been designed around what works and with the demands of a teaching timetable and the needs of the school in mind. The blended learning programme is delivered with maximum flexibility through a unique mix of online learning, expert instructional coaching, workshops and a local peer support network to minimise time away from the classroom. In addition, an in-school mentor will ensure that coaching and support is aligned with school priorities and culture.
The wider school community benefits from specialist training for existing or new mentors while school leaders will be able to access professional development in the use of research and evidence to improve teaching.
Accelerate is designed and managed by Education Development Trust in partnership with The Chartered College of Teaching. Find out more and register at https://accelerate-teaching.co.uk/
Applications close 31st March 2019.
We are delighted to announce the first Dartmoor TSA Modern Foreign Language Conference on Friday 8th March 2019.
Keynote and workshop will be delivered by Dr Gianfranco Conti: a lead practitioner and researcher in MFL, a teacher of over 30 years experience, and holds a MA and PhD in Applied Lingusitics. He is the founder of the language learning site language-gym.com and has won the TES best resource-contributor award; as well as being the co-author of the best-selling book The Language Teacher Toolkit.
There are also three superb workshops delivered by leading MFL practitioners from the wider Devon area.
Download the latest episode of the Dartmoor TSA Podcast 'Four things you need to know about cognitive load theory' by John Stanier - Assistant Director
We are excited to launch a new, innovative programme to primary members: the Outstanding Primary Teacher Programme. Please find attached the programme flyer, which includes a booking link.
It is distinctive and significant for a number of reasons:
We are delighted to welcome Clyst Vale Community College as a member to Dartmoor TSA. CVCC is a successful 11-18 academy in Broadclyst, near Exeter, and is highly active in a range of school partnerships. We look forward to working closely with colleagues from CVCC and learning from the expertise they can offer across the Alliance.
Following on from the success of the 2017-2018 pilot, we are pleased to launch today the this year's Aspiring Middle Leaders' Programme and Aspiring Senior Leaders' Programme. Both are designed and delivered by outstanding practitioners from within our Alliance.
I valued the honesty in which the course was delivered. The expertise of the two senior leaders that ran the course and the balance of theory to real life shadowing and experiences within the course.
Completing this programme has given me whole school experience, aiding my CPD and giving me the confidence to develop further. It has also helped me to completely redraft my application letter for the better and encouraged me to apply for an SLE role.