TSC South West Newsletter: January 2020

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For the first TSC South West newsletter of 2020, please click here.

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Quality first teaching meeting the needs of children and young people with SEN

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South West Regional leads for Whole School SEND are pleased to invite members of the Community of Practice to attend this free CPD event, featuring guest speakers Chris Moyse and Marc Rowland

This free training is open only to members of the Whole School SEND Community of Practice. Not a member yet?  Sign up now

To book your place on either of these events, please use the links below:

Plymouth on 24th February or  Gloucester on 2nd March.




Teach Computing - CPD Opportunities

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There are currently some CPD opportunities available with the National Centre of Computing Education for Primary, Secondary and Further Education.


Starting computing education early is vital to setting young people on the best pathway.

The primary computing curriculum is designed to equip pupils with the skills they need to be successful and creative with technology, extending learning beyond ICT.

We can help you to develop the confidence to unlock core concepts at Key Stages 1 and 2 and to integrate creative computing in your teaching.


Whether you are new to teaching GCSE computer science or want to enhance your subject knowledge, you can benefit from professional development and be recognised for your commitment.

And Say hello to...  Isaac!

We are excited to introduce you to Isaac Computer Science: a brand-new, free online platform for teachers and students to learn about A level Computer Science.

To view the flyers for these resources and training opportunities, please click here.

Struggling schools set for specialist support

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Schools Minister announces six successful new Teaching School Hubs to support struggling schools

Reforms to school improvement system to be piloted across five areas of the country

New teaching schools hubs to provide expert support to schools and teachers to ramp up standards

Over one thousand schools are set to receive expert support from some of the country’s highest performing schools as the Department for Education announces six new Teaching School Hubs today (Tuesday, 7 January). 

Schools will benefit from a three-year programme of support, with each of the six successful school acting as a regional hub and supporting 200 to 300 other schools in their region, giving them direct access to the expertise from school leaders with a track record of improving challenging schools. Support could include delivering tailored professional development for teachers, hosting observations and visits, or deploying system leaders to offer advice and guidance to local schools. 

This forms part of a new scheme, launched by the department last year, to simplify and strengthen how the government drives up school standards, building on the successes of the Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education programmes. 

It also underlines the government’s determination to back teachers by attracting and supporting the best talent into the classroom and rewarding the great work they do. It has already announced plans to raise teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000 as well as announcing an extra £14billion funding over three years for schools.

The six new hubs will be based in five areas of the country, including North Yorkshire, Sheffield and Devon, building on the Government’s ambition to drive up school standards in areas of the country most in need of support. 

Schools Minister Lord Agnew said:

“It is vital that we back our best school leaders and help them to support struggling schools so that we can continue to drive forward the high standards we are already seeing in schools across the country. 

“These new Teaching School Hubs will make it easier for the best school leaders to share expert advice and help schools in their local communities, ensuring that those schools facing the greatest challenges are supported as simply and efficiently as possible.”

These new hubs will help struggling schools to boost professional development opportunities for teachers, improve school-to-school support and strengthen staff recruitment and retention and will initially be tested in five areas, from February 2020. 

The newly reformed system forms part of the government’s commitment to revamp the current system of school leadership support, building on the department’s first ever integrated recruitment and retention strategy launched last year.