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    London Region Teaching Schools Council Newsletter

    The latest edition of the London Region Teachings Schools Council Newsletter has been published: London regional TSC Newsletter 4


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    The Power of Hubs Event – a school led approach

    Discover the characteristics of effective hub working.

    Event details

    Date: Thursday 29th January
    Venue: London’s Living Room, City Hall, SE1 2AA
    Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
    Book your free place at: http://bit.ly/1rWHtWi

    The Teaching School Council and the NCTL are excited to be supporting this London Leadership Strategy event, in another step to building a cohesive approach in developing a school led system.

    In light of the recent Government announcement of support for Teaching Schools to deliver evidence-based professional development and the continued move towards a school-led approach to CPD and school improvement, this conference will tackle the following:
    Do you want to discover more around the role of hubs in sharing evidenced CPD?
    Are actively using hub approaches or considering exploring them in your work?

    The speakers include: Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, Professor David Woods, Chair of the London Leadership Strategy and Anita Kerwin-Nye, Managing Director of the London Leadership Strategy alongside Sir George Berwick, Challenge Partners, David Weston, the Teacher Development Trust and David Whitfield, Teaching School Council Representative for London.  There will also be representatives from successful and emerging hubs.

    Sign up for London Leadership Strategy’s FREE Power of Hubs Conference to get all the insight, tools and advice you need to help you move your thinking forward.  There will also be sessions with experts in marketing and communications, school to school support, business planning and programme development to give you the tools and advice to progress your work.

    Following this important event the TSC in partnership with the TSA leading sub-regional networks will be running a series of London sub-regional fringe conferences, built around a succession of practical workshops.

    If you have any queries or want to know more then please contact Laura Smith laura@londonleadershipstrategy.com or 07766 651366



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    New & Existing Partnership Schools

    Southfields Teaching School Alliance SCITT is now accepting places from existing and new partnership schools for School Direct Salaried and Fee-Paying places for training places in all subjects.  Schools wishing to make bids for places for 2016-17 should contact Steve Derry at steve.derry@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk.

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    Key policy changes for Autumn 2014, DfE guidance

    If anyone has any questions about the guidance available below or would like to discuss support options for themselves / their schools and also if anyone would like to offer themselves in a supportive capacity to other schools then please get in touch with David Whitfield, Director of Teaching School via email (david.whitfield@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk) or through the Teaching School.

    Autumn 2014 educational changes guidance from DfE

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    School Direct Fee-Paying Induction Day July 8th

    The School Direct fee-paying induction day for trainees beginning September 2014 will be on Tuesday July 8th.

    This will be an invaluable introduction to the academy as well as an opportunity to collect vital information regarding the second school you will be placed at, policies and procedures and an introduction to key members of staff and respective departments.

    The School Direct fee-paying handbook  and professional studies timetable will be given to trainees as well as information on start dates which will be in line with the individual university providers.

    Trainees: Please be at the reception of the academy’s main entrance at 9:00, where you will be introduced to Jo Risolino the PCM at Southfields Academy and your lead contact on both placements.  The day will finish at 14:00 on Tuesday 8th July 2014.

    University providers: At 14:00 on the 8th July, programme leaders and representatives from our university providers are invited to look at the systems, policies and procedures we will embed to ensure all of our School Direct fee-paying trainees receive outstanding support from all avenues whilst on their training year. This will also be an opportunity for the university representatives to share their opinions on how the look forward to the future of School Direct training routes.

    Joanna Risolino (PCM)

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    NCTL Stonewall School Champion

    Southfields Teaching School Alliance has become a “NCTL Stonewall School champion”.

    Southfields TSA were selected by the NCTL and Stonewall to deliver the “train the trainers” course to empower schools to challenge homophobia and help make their schools a safer place for all students.

    The School Champions programme helps hundreds of schools from around the country to promote a safe and inclusive learning environment – empowering students and staff alike to celebrate difference and challenge prejudice.  Stonewall works with schools of all sizes and types – primary and secondary; maintained, academy, independent and free; co-ed and single sex – to make classrooms across the country happier and more welcoming places to learn.

    The Alliance now has two trained Facilitators who will run training days with school staff, who will then be able to train the teachers in their school.  Participating schools will also receive “NCTL Stonewall School Champion Status” and freedom to use the badge on your letterhead as well as a full pack of resources for your school.

    Why sign up to the “train the trainer” 1 day course?

    - You will be prepared for Ofsted and other legal requirements.

    - You will help your students reach their potential.

    - You will empower your staff.

    If you are interested in taking part please email david.whitfield@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk or call David Whitfield (Director of Teaching School) on 020 8875 2600 ext: 2211


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    Challenge Partners joint Morning Conference

    Southfields Teaching School Alliance and Challenge Partners joint conference has been postponed at the request of Alliance members until the Autumn Term.  Please check back then for further details.


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    Exciting Opportunity to become an SLE (Specialist Leader in Education)

    The Alliance are pleased to announce that we have been accredited by the NCTL to designate 10 SLEs in Physical Education as part of the Cohort 4 application period.  If designated as a Specialist Leader of Education in Physical Education you would become a member of the Alliance outreach team who would be sent out to Primary schools to support primary teachers develop quality physical education provision.  Not only would there be a financial reward for your school, but having an SLE gives your institution a high level of kudos via recognition through the national agenda.

    For more information please contact David Whitfield (Director of Teaching School) on 020 8875 2600 (ext: 2211).

    To apply please fill out the application form (sle_application_form) and e-mail it to david.whitfield@southfields.wandsworth.sch.uk

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    New S.T.S.A. ‘Research and Development Committee’ launch

    This term sees the launch of our exciting new ‘Research and Development Committee’. The committee currently comprises of representatives from a rangeof our Alliance partners including HEIs, independent schools, special schools, secondary schools, primary schools, local education authorities and head teachers.

    The first meeting will take place in June where delegates will work on setting our priorities and shaping the nature of the action research work we will be undertaking.

    The committee will aim to draw on the wide range of experience from the varying contexts of our members to develop action research which will have a measurable impact within our own organisations, whilst also contributing to system wide improvement.

    For more information or to express an interest in joining the committee please contact David Whitfield (Director of Teaching School) on 020 8875 2600 ext: 2211

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