Articles By Helen Rodgers

Virtual TeachMeet

Whilst the past few months have been pretty hard to explain, think about, go through and reflect on, we’ve been doing all those.

We know that schools and staff within have been coming up with some pretty amazing new ways of teaching, so we’d like to enable them to share all this and discuss. Please find below our flyer for the TeachMeet happening soon.

Form to sign up to present:

Details on our events page.




We are opening a recruitment round for or next Cohort for the NPQML qualification aimed at middle leaders. Please see attached the flyer.

If you have any staff who you want to put forward, please let them know – I can send more details and the application form.

We cover key 12 modules (face to face) and participants would be starting in early May and then take about 14 months to complete the course – they also complete a 2 term whole school project and complete an assignment. It is assessed and verified by the SSAT and externally QA’d by the DfE.

There is 1 whole Launch day, then the further units are twilight, though we can tailor this depending on the Cohort.

The cost is £750 which includes the assessment fee and comes already discounted for you (approximately 20% discount off the RRP).

Our current Cohort feedback is amazing – 100% have said that each Module was ‘Excellent’ overall and several have already been promoted since starting the course – which shows that the content is relevant and personalised to participants and the delivery is exceptional.

We hope you can support staff to join our next Cohort. Happy to provide more information.

Applications need to be in by the end of term (4th April)

Teacher Training Approach – Sport England

The Teacher Training Approach has been awarded to Applied Minds Teaching School by Sport England for the period December 2018 to January 2020.

The Approach is being coordinated by a consortium of Sport England, the Youth Sport Trust, the Association for Physical Education and Activity Alliance. There has been a small trial and we have now been asked alongside other Teaching Schools in the country to take part in the next phase of the project.

The programme’s aim is to enhance the delivery of physical education in secondary schools through developing bespoke and relevant professional development for teachers of PE and sport.

We are working with a number of schools to map and identify current practice and develop new approaches and activities collaboratively to ensure that we are successful in enhancing the relevance and quality of provision to students engaged in the project.

We are excited to be working on the project and are committed to the following expectations:

* Helping teaching professionals to better support inactive young people and to adapt delivery to ensure that all young people have a positive experience of PE and school sport.

* Reinforcing the relevance of PE and school sport to wider school outcomes such as: attendance, behaviour, achievement and pupils’ resilience with school leaders, governors and parents.

* Be involved in evaluating and providing ongoing feedback of lessons learnt as the varied approaches are tested and developed.

* Sharing practice, learnings and experiences with each school and the wider educational world.

You can find out more Sport England’s programme here:

Teacher Vacancies – check here

Now live in South West, finally!

The DfE has now launched a free job listing service for all state schools and searchable jobs database for teachers looking for jobs: All schools in the South West have been sent an email inviting them to sign up and begin advertising jobs in the w/c 4th February. As soon as a school, academy or MAT signs up they can begin advertising roles.

If your school did not receive an invitation, or would like to advertise vacancies on behalf of your organisation you can send an email to Teachers can begin to use the database to search for jobs from February.