Teacher Subject Specialism Training in the South West

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What we offer:

  • Programme for non-specialists to retrain as teachers of Secondary Maths, Core Maths, Physics and MFL. We are particularly keen to recruit in North Devon and Cornwall
  • During 2018-19, 250 participants have received training from our eleven Local Lead providers. Places are still available until August 2019
  • We will be able to offer around 300 placements during 2019-20
  • The training is free, flexible and bespoke and is delivered either during the school day, as twilights or during weekends and holidays
  • Blended training with at least 30 hours (5/6 days in total) of monitored learning including pedagogy and subject knowledge workshops, online and paper assessments which track learning journeys plus supportive observations in the classroom with focussed targets
  • Fully validated by our University partners and endorsed by DfE
  • DfE will update TRNs for teachers such that they are recognised as qualified teachers of their new subjects

What we require from participants:

  • Willingness to undertake between 50 and 60 hours of training in total during the year

What we require from Heads and Principals:

  • Willingness to release teachers during the school day to attend these free courses
  • A contribution towards cover is available to assist in off-setting costs
  • In terms of Maths, the recognition that the new OFSTED framework priorities include subject knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge which is developed and enhanced through TSST training


Please visit our website southwesttsst.co.uk and twitter @southwesttsst

You can also use these links to view the TSST Secondary Maths Fasttrack Flyer, the Conrwall Physics TSST flyer and the Teacher Subject Specialism Training in the South West flyer.

Andy Oldman, Southwest TSST Director will be happy to answer any questions:

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Inspiring Leadership Conference 2019

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Book now to be inspired! 6 – 7 June 2019, ICC, Birmingham

Why Are We Doing This?

Inspiring Leadership 2019 returns with an exciting itinerary of over 30 keynote, masterclass and workshop sessions led by the best and brightest from different sectors, all looking to provide a fresh perspective on leadership.


This is the perfect opportunity for senior leaders to meet their peer group, share experiences and exchanges views and ideas to take back to the workplace. Delegates also have unrivalled access to updates on technology, products and services to improve their work environment via the extensive exhibition.

For further information or to book your place, please visit

Invitation for Expressions of Interest in New MFL TSST Course

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Taunton Teaching Alliance plans to lead a brand new Teacher Subject Specialism Training in Modern Foreign Languages (starting in September 2019) and is now seeking EOIs from schools and teachers wishing to take part. 

Funded by the DfE, there is no direct cost to a school or individual if the participant eligibility criteria are met:

MFL TSST Eligibility:

  • Specialist MFL teachers who have capacity to teach a second language.
  • Non-specialist teachers currently teaching MFL, or who could potentially teach MFL.
  • Overseas trained teachers.
  • Teachers looking to return to the profession, or MFL teachers not currently teaching MFL.
  • Primary teachers wishing to convert to secondary MFL.

Aims of the MFL TSST course:

  • To enhance subject and / or pedagogical knowledge of French / Spanish.
  • To develop confidence in teaching French / Spanish at KS3 and KS4.
  • To provide a range of techniques and resources to deliver engaging lessons.
  • To build capacity in schools to deliver French / Spanish.

Benefits of MFL TSST at Taunton Teaching Alliance:

  • Face to face training delivered by experienced MFL teachers.
  • Opportunities to observe lessons and put teaching skills into practice.
  • The course is designed to fit around an existing teaching schedule.
  • 1 year Rosetta Stone subscription.
  • Up to date and innovative pedagogy, along with practical teaching strategies and resources.

The MFL TSST course will start in September 2019.  

Please click here to download the MFL TSST flyer.

To express an interest in the MFL TSST course, please contact the Taunton Teaching Alliance Deputy Director, Mike Wood.

Email: mwood@heathfieldcommunityschool.co.uk

Tel: 01823 428918 

Please click here to go to the TSST page on the Taunton Teaching Alliance website.

Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below

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Dear colleagues

The review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below, alongside the development of T Levels, is central to building a world class education system.  The review aims to simplify and streamline the current system to ensure that all qualifications approved for funding to have a distinct purpose and be necessary, support progression to good outcomes and be high quality.

Our first stage consultation is currently open and closes on 10 June 2019; details are available here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/post-16-qualifications-review-team/post-16-level-3-and-below-qualifications-review/

We are keen to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and gather as many views and inputs as possible.  Therefore, as part of the first stage consultation, we would like to invite you to one of five events that we are holding around the country to discuss the review and share your thoughts and opinions. We appreciate this is short notice and apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

  • Date:  Wednesday 15 May
  • Time: 10:30-15:00
  • Location: Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
  • City: Bristol

As part of the day, we are offering attendees the opportunity to attend three breakout sessions from the five on offer.  When booking your attendance at the consultation event of your choice, you will be asked to confirm which breakout sessions you wish to attend.  

Each breakout session is focussed on themes from the consultation.  We will discuss the relevant consultation questions and other any other relevant issues. The sessions are set out below and a summary of the consultation questions are contained in Annex A of the consultation document, which is available online here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/post-16-qualifications-review-team/post-16-level-3-and-below-qualifications-review/

  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Disadvantage
  • Level 2 and below
  • Level 3
  • Pre-existing qualifications and Qualifications with low and no enrolments
  • Principles

Please note that places are limited to 100 delegates per event and to 30 or 40 per breakout session – dependent on location.  Therefore, we ask that you send one representative per organisation.

Please use Eventbrite via the links below to book your place:

  • Please book one ticket for Admission to the Consultation Event
  • Please then book an individual ticket for each breakout session you wish to attend – the number of tickets remaining available for each are indicated
  • Please also indicate any dietary requirements when prompted.


Kingsbridge Research School CPD programme - Improving Literacy in Key Stage 1

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We are delighted to bring back to the South West on the 17th May Tom Martell, the Education Endowment Foundation’s Preparing for Literacy and Improving Literacy in KS1 guidance report author for a deep dive into the evidence on day 1.  The workshops will be co-delivered by our Evidence Leader of Education Zoe Milligan, teacher and leader of English at Oldway Primary School; in partnership with Lorwyn Randall, Director of the Kingsbridge Research School and will be held in two Ventrus TSA primary schools in Barnstaple and Cullompton, as detailed below.  Delegates can register interest in attending by completing this short google form available here.  

To view the event flyer please click here.

The Kingsbridge EEF Research School Network works across the Southwest supporting teachers, TAs and leaders in their drive to use evidence to improve the lives of the children in our schools. please visit our website for more details on this and our newly released Maximising the Impact of the Pupil Premium training that will begin in September 2019. 

Dates                               Session Timings                                    Venue

Friday 17th May            Workshop: 09:30 – 15:00                   Studio 3 at St. Andrews Primary School, Cullompton, EX15 1HZ

Thursday 20th June      Workshop: 09:30 – 15:00                   Orchard Vale Community School, Barnstaple, EX32 8QY

Monday 8th July           Twilight: 14:30 – 16:30                        Orchard Vale Community School, Barnstaple, EX32 8QY

Cost: £195 per person, or a 2 person school team can attend for the total price of £250.

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