Pupil Premium Training - Wimborne Minster

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Places are still available on our Pupil Premium Reviewer Training being held on 17th January in Wimborne Minster.  To book your place please click here.  Booking is open until Thursday 9th January.

National Lottery Funding Available For PE Development and CPD

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Sport England is investing up to £13.5million of National Lottery funding into secondary schools across England via the Teaching School Alliances. Their Secondary Teacher Training programme is designed to provide teachers with access to professional development, and put pupils’ enjoyment and whole school outcomes at the heart of PE and school sport.

Over 1,650 secondary schools are already involved– please promote this huge funding opportunity to TSAs in your region. It’s a unique investment into secondary school PE, giving TSAs the chance to lead a bespoke project focused on the needs of the staff in their alliance. 

Any state school that educates students aged 11-16 years is eligible (independent, primary schools, middle school deemed primary, sixth form or Further Education colleges are not eligible). All eligible schools will be accepted onto the programme (subject to due diligence checks).   

How does it work?

TSAs are awarded £3,350 for every eligible secondary school included in their project. After signing up and attending a national orientation day event, TSAs are given free support by an expert consultant from either the Youth Sport Trust or Association for Physical Education to: plan a project based on the needs of their staff and students, access relevant mentoring and training, implement the project in school, and measure the impact of their work.

TSAs and their secondary schools can invest this funding according to their priorities. It’s a flexible programme – the funding can be used to upskill teachers, improve the quality and breadth of PE, and develop schools’ PE offer so that it acts as a lever for wider educational outcomes.

How to get involved:

Please direct TSAs to the Sport England website for more information and details on how to sign up: https://www.sportengland.org/our-work/children-and-young-people/secondary-teacher-training-programme/

The deadline for the next phase of the programme is 5pm, Friday 7 February 2020.

Research Project – University of East London

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Professor Gerry Czerniawski, from the University of East London, has asked for support in an international survey being carrying out around school-based mentors and their CPD needs:

So much of the work that teachers in schools carry out to support their colleagues goes unrecognised – particularly their work with student/trainee teachers and the support they give to their more qualified colleagues.   Our research is looking into championing the work these school-based colleagues do and seeking out what professional learning/CPD activities they value and what support they require in their work, specifically, as teacher educators. Drawing on your experience and contacts, I would therefore like to ask you for help in this international survey.   On behalf of the International Forum for Teacher Educator Development (InFo-TED) we are conducting an international survey on the professional learning needs of school-based teacher educators. 

Where possible, please can I ask for your help in sharing with your networks: the link to the survey is:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QP937LM

If you have any questions, Gerry can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

West Somerset Research School’s December Newsletter

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Welcome to our second newsletter of the year.  We hope you've had a good term and are looking forward to all the Christmas festivities that are around the corner.

We've had a busy few months running workshops, speaking at conferences and planning for the five different training programmes that launch next term.  Click here to find out more.

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @WSomResearchSch and do pass on this newsletter to colleagues who you think might be interested in reading it.