Articles By Helen Rodgers


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.

NPQ & Career Development programmes

We are keen to develop those who are new to the profession and also those further into their careers as teachers.

We have offered various courses including ITP, OTP and NAML. Since the NPQ suite of qualifications have been re-launched we are offering the NPQML which has been successfully running since April 2018.

We are working in partnership with SSAT (the schools, students and teachers network) to deliver the programme.

SSAT is committed to professional development through this programme:

SSAT’s commitment to middle leadership

SSAT are committed to supporting and developing high quality middle leadership. We know how important middle leadership is to the success of any school – they are the invaluable connection between teaching in classrooms and the wider leadership vision and strategy. We also recognise that the roles of middle leaders and middle leadership cannot be narrowly defined; the terms capture such a broad range of responsibilities across school types, phases and contexts – pastoral and academic, departmental and whole-school.

We embrace this diversity and complexity. The NPQML will focus on the essentials that transcend good middle leadership in all settings, whilst allowing for contextualisation and particularisation. We are committed to ensuring our training is evidence based and draws upon the latest research.

About the NPQML

The NPQML follows a school-led approach. The NPQML offers a flexible modular approach and provides all the resources required for partners to successfully deliver training.’

Module overview:

* Introduction to the NPQML
* Vision, values and the moral purpose
* Leading and managing innovation and change
* Managing resources and risks
* Data analysis for performance and progress
* Evidence based teaching and learning
* Leading strategic improvement
* Developing your leadership approach
* Building a high-performance team
* Support and challenge – holding yourself and others to account
* Developing yourself and others
* Collaboration and partnership

Applied Minds is committed to professional development and enabling schools to grow their own leaders:

The programme develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are needed to be a high-performing middle leader and drive school improvement strategies and team performance. The programme is aimed at teaching staff in primary, secondary and special school settings with responsibility for leading a team.

The course is delivered by a team of exceptional school leaders through a blended learning approach.

Our current Cohort have been amazing and we have enjoyed working with them on their whole-school projects and assignment. Some have been able to secure promotions since starting the course:

Quotes from our Cohort:

‘It was useful to reflect on our different priorities and future goals’
‘Making links between my personal vision and the school’s, and discussing what this wuold look like in the classroom’
‘Deeper understanding of effective project management’
‘Talking about approaches and priorities in teaching and learning’
‘Conversations re: progression pathways and identifying development needs’

Cohort 1 have given 100% overall feedback in all the modules as ‘Excellent’.

We are now taking applications for our next Cohort starting on 9th May.

Download our flyer:

Get in touch for more details and to secure your place:

Helen Rodgers

Helen Rodgers
Program Administrator
01736 352321