PE Commission EOI

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On 15th July 2019 the DfE published the School Sport and Activity Action Plan to improve pupil access and opportunity to high quality PE lessons and school sport in primary schools.

The DfE would like to test and learn how a small number of teaching schools can support schools to deliver high quality PE lessons, co-ordinate PE CPD and support primary schools to make the best use of their PE and sport premium finding.

The Teaching Schools Council have been asked to broker this support and are, therefore, delighted to seek expressions of interest from interested Teaching Schools.

All TS Heads should have recieved the EOI form this morning but if you have any further questions about this commission, please contact one of your TSC National Representatives below:

  • Tony Bloxham - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Andrew Earnshaw - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alison Fletcher - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • EOI to be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 2pm on Friday 15th November 19
  • EOI's to be reviewed by TSC w/c 18th November 19
  • DfE Commission up to 10 Teaching Schools to deliver programme from w/c 25th November 19

Pupil Premium Reviewer and ERG Training

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Leadership MeetingSystem Leader training is now available to book on the portal.  Please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  The booking deadline for the first event (on 11th November) is Thursday 31st October. 

Training available:

  • Pupil Premium Reviewer Training
  • External Reviewer of Governance Training

For further details and to book your place please click here.

Please communicate this across your networks.

Workload Reduction

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The teacher workload survey is a robust survey of working hours and perceptions of workload and other conditions. The findings show an overall reduction in reported working hours for teachers, middle and senior leaders since the 2016 survey. The reduction is largely seen in hours spent working in the evening and at weekends, including a decrease in time spent on marking, planning and other non-teaching tasks.

While this is good news, we recognise that there is still got a long way to go. Working hours are still high and the majority of respondents still report that workload is at least a fairly serious problem in their school. We need to go further to improve the experience of teachers and build on the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy we launched earlier this year.

Therefore, in addition to publishing the results of the Teacher Workload Survey, the DfE has announced several additional measures to improve teacher retention. These include:

  • - Announcing a significant step towards early roll-out of the Early Career Frameworkprogramme in Bradford, Doncaster, the North East and Greater Manchester, from September 2020 - the appointment of providers who will be working with multiple local partners and sub-contractors to deliver fully funded support packages for new teachers and mentors. 
  • - Updating the school workload reduction toolkit, which contains practical materials for schools to tackle teacher workload, to make it easier to use, with better navigation and simpler, reduced text, and issuing a short video to accompany this;
  • - Launching a new opportunity for schools and colleges to participate in the EdTech Innovation Testbed, helping to identify digital tools that can reduce teacher workload as well as trialling ‘best-in-class’ timetabling software to facilitate flexible working; 
  • - Launching an expressions of interest process for schools and colleges to apply to become EdTech Demonstrators– providing peer-to-peer support on the use of technology, including for tackling teacher workload, supported by a third party Delivery Partner (see contracts finder for further information)
  • - Announcing an extension of nine Curriculum Fund pilots for up to an additional two terms, after initial research showed almost half of teachers said that their workload had decreased, saving teachers time from creating schemes and lesson plans from scratch;
  • - Publishing flexible working resources, including case studies to provide practical support for schools in implementing further flexible working for teachers and leaders, including a case study video.