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    Thinking about teaching?

    There is still time to apply to join one of our School Direct courses.

    Get in touch for further information.

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    Train to Teach drop-in.  Tuesday 8th May 2018 09:45-13:15.

    Get in touch for more information.

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    Thinking about teaching?

    Come to our “Train to Teach” Event on Thursday 26th January from 5.30pm.  Details in the flyer below or click here to sign-up.


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    TRAIN TO TEACH IN 2017/18

    TRAIN TO TEACH IN 2017/18

    The applications round for training places for 2017/18 has now opened. We have School Direct places in all subjects (except PE). You can search for courses and apply at www.ucas.com

    If you have any questions about the training provided, your eligibility or how to apply please leave a message here or email training@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk

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    Visit the Southfields Teaching School Alliance at the ‘Train to Teach’ London event at the QEII Conference Centre on Saturday 7th November (9.30am – 4.00pm).

    You can register for this event by visiting https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/teaching-events/train-to-teach-events/train-to-teach-london-2015

    Come and talk to the experts who will be dealing with School Direct applications for 2016/17, delivering the training and mentoring our trainees.

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    School Experience 2015/16

    School Experience 2015/16

    We are now welcoming visitors via the School Experience Programme and the Southfields Teaching Experience Programme. Apply to observe classes at Southfields Academy. This is vital experience if you are thinking of training to teach. See our Getting School Experience – SEP & STEP page for details.

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    School Direct 2016/17

    School Direct 2016/17

    We have now published details of our teacher training places for all subjects for September 2016. See our ITT Teacher Training pages for School Direct Fee-paying and School Direct Salaried routes. Applications open on 27th October. You apply via www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training

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    Train to Teach Events

    Visit the Southfields Teaching School Alliance stands at these forthcoming ‘Train to Teach’ events:

    Thursday 11th June at Coombe Girls’ School, Kingston and

    Saturday 20th June at the Warwick School, Redhill.

    We are continuing to recruit to fill our remaining School Direct places for September 2015.  For details of our vacancies for PGCE fee-paying places and for Salaried places.

    We can also advise you on applying for 2016/17 as your training year.

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    Acquiring teaching school status: what does it mean?

    Recently our Director of Teaching School and the London Representative on the Teaching Schools Council , Mr David Whitfield was interviewed by ‘The Key’ who develop case studies to answer questions from Headteachers and SLT members about leadership in schools.  David was answering:

    “Acquiring teaching school status: what does it mean?”

    What does it mean to acquire teaching school status?We outline information from the National College about becoming a teaching school.

    We also relay some of the benefits and challenges associated with teaching school status, as described by three teaching school directors.

    What does teaching school status mean?

    Who can apply to be a teaching school?

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (National College) has information about teaching school status,available on GOV.UK. It says that teaching school status is open to all types and phases of schools in England.

    To apply for this status, a school must have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted,give evidence of successful partnerships and excellent leadership, and have a proven track-record of school improvement.The headteacher must have at least three years of experience,and the leadership team must have the capacity to lead the six core areas of the teaching school role,which we explain below.

    Teachingschools:aguideforpotential applicants,GOV.UK–  NationalCollege

    What do teaching schools do?

    The   government’s policy on improving the quality of teaching and leadership says that teaching schools may lead ‘teaching school alliances’. Each alliance consists of the leading teaching school,the schools it supports, and their partners.

    Improving thequalityof teachingandleadership,GOV.UK –  DfE

    According to the National College’s guide for potential applicants,linked to above,teaching schools have six core areas of responsibility:

    1. Developing opportunities to provide school-led initialteacher training
    2. Offering a range of professional development opportunities for staff and extending the school’s learning culture to other schools they work with
    3. Leading the co-ordination of school-to-school support(usually through working with a school in challenging circumstances to bring about improvement)
    4. Developing successful succession planning strategies to identify and develop people to fill leadership positions in the future
    5. Recruiting and managing the placements of specialist leaders of education (outstanding middle and senior leaders who support colleagues in other schools)
    6. Undertaking research and development

    How are teaching schools funded?

    The guide for potential applicants,linked to above,says that teaching school alliances receive an annual grant,known as the core funding, of £60,000 in the first year,£50,000 in the second year and £40,000 in each of the third and fourth years.

    It adds:

    Annual core grant funding will, in general,decrease each year, which reflects the expectation that alliances, as they mature, become sustainable.

    Considerations in becoming a teaching school

    We spoke to the directors of three teaching school alliances,and asked what they believe are the benefits and challenges of becoming a teaching school. We outline their responses below.

    Supporting sector-wide school improvement

    David Whitfield is the director of the Southfields Teaching School Alliance in Wandsworth, and the representative for London on the Teaching Schools Council.

    He said that teaching school status gives settings with a track record of success an opportunity to help other schools develop.

    However he believes teaching schools should not be solely responsible for driving school improvement in their alliances; teaching school status is about finding ways to help all of the schools and partners in an alliance work with one another.

    Being part of a knowledge-sharing network

    David said the Teaching Schools Council supports a series of national, regional and sub-regional networks for teaching schools.

    For example, as the Council’s representative for London, David arranges regional and sub- regional information and knowledge sharing sessions. These meetings provide practitioners with an opportunity to come together, share and reflect upon their experiences, and discuss common challenges.

    Further information about the networks coordinated by the Council is available on its website: National and regional work-strands,TeachingSchoolsCouncil

    Becoming ‘outward-facing’

    David believes that teaching school status should lead to a shift in a school’s thinking. He said: All schools want the best for their pupils. However, teaching school status says to the world ‘we want to make a difference for all pupils, not just our own’.

    Teaching schools will therefore need to develop ‘outward-facing infrastructure’ by extending their existing provision, and finding new ways to work with other schools and strategic partners.

    David said that how a teaching school does this will depend on its individual circumstances.

    In another article from The Key, we look at whether teaching schools should restructure their senior leadership teams. You may find information in this article useful if you are considering how to put in place a staffing structure to support your alliance.

    Should a new teaching school restructure its senior leadership team?

    Download the article in full

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    Shifting Teacher Practice Course

    The ‘Shifting Teacher Practice Course’ is a bespoke teaching and learning programme, developed in conjunction with the Institute of Education that gives participants the opportunity to reflect on their current classroom practice.  Participants will be supported by highly experienced facilitators and coaches in the development of their pedagogy, through various activities, including an action research project.

    Please download the flyer which has dates, times, cost and further details:

    STP FlyerContact david.whitfield@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk


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