Teachmeet 8th November

We are hosting an Autumn Teachmeet where teachers are welcome to share ideas, research, teaching and learning to other teachers in a relaxed atmosphere.

See our flyer below for info or get in touch if you are interested in coming along to either share or attend.

TM November 2017

Teacher Training!

We have received our school direct allocation for 2018/19 cohort:

Primary 4 places

Secondary – places in Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing with ICT, English, MFL, History, Geography, Maths, PE.

UCAS will open on 26th October 2017 and our code is 12U (Mounts Bay Academy).

Further information on our Teacher Training pages.

BUT… PE will fill very quickly along with Primary and some other subjects. We can only take 1-2 trainees in our Secondary subjects. Be quick!

iPad courses

We have a number of courses arranged for using iPads – covering pretty much everything you can think of! They are useful for staff new to using iPads or those who have lots of gaps in their knowledge. They are also good if staff are thinking about the Apple Teacher status.

You can see our courses on Eventbrite:

Introduction to iPads

Enhancing Productivity with iPads

Fostering Creativity with iPads

Enhancing Learning with Pages

Enhancing Learning with KeyNote

Enhancing Learning with Numbers

Coding with Swift Playgrounds

Formative Assessment with iPads

Amazing day

We had a truly amazing day on Monday 3rd July at our Annual Conference. Over 130 people gathered at the Headland Hotel in Newquay to focus on a day of workshops, keynotes and networking. Our theme was ‘Removing barriers: building success together’ and we started off with an inspiring performance of ‘Fields of Gold’ by the Mounts Bay Academy HPI Choir. This led amazing session with Dominic Peckham. He had everyone laughing, moving about, singing and generally challenging preconceptions and comfort zones. Then we heard from Dr Janet Rose who took us through some keep ideas and research on stress and learning, emotion coaching and the relationship between pupil and teacher. We also had some great workshops through the day from Dominic Peckham, Dr Rose, Remembering Our Roots, RJ Working, Foster Focus and Growing Links. Our keynote in the afternoon was Luke Rodgers and Scott King from Foster Focus. We heard about growing up in care and the horrible experiences they both went through. We were all challenged, shocked and moved by what they said.

Here are some feedback quotes from the day:

‘Luke and Scot who I found very inspirational, I was very moved by their life stories’.
‘Engaging and ‘different’ – very enjoyable’.
‘Loved the flow of each speaker – ‘joined up thinking’
‘A really excellent, thought-provoking day that will have an impact on me for a long time’
‘Great linked themes, which are very relevant to us at the moment’
‘Real stories, thought provoking’
‘You have left me emotionally drained with a fresh perspective on teaching’
‘After many conferences, this was – perhaps – the best’
‘Opportunities for networking with staff from other schools’

Click on the video below to see what we were up to.

NCTL Blog Roger Pope

You can read this here or below: NCTL BLOG

Headteachers leading beyond their own school gates

Roger Pope, 27 June 2017 — CPD, Leadership development, NLE, School-led system, Teaching schools

Roger Pope

Roger Pope Chair of NCTL looks at the changing nature of school leadership.

There was a time when to become a headteacher was to reach the top of the tree. With the introduction of local management of schools in 1988, heads were given control over their own budget and staffing, and when I was appointed as a headteacher 10 years later, the local education authority was a long way away in distant county hall. Data was only just being invented, so no one quite knew how good or bad you really were. I was free to run my school pretty much as I liked. It was my manor. And if I wanted to ignore everyone else, pull up the drawbridge and retire to my office with a nice cup of tea and my pet Labrador, then that was my prerogative.

Nineteen years later and a lot has changed about headship. Increasingly, being a headteacher is not just about your school, and it is no longer the endpoint of a career. I think it is a remarkable and uplifting strength of present leadership that headteachers are rolling up their sleeves and helping to lead the system. Over 1,250 heads are now designated national leaders of education and 750 are leading teaching schools. They could all be enjoying the comfort of their own high-performing schools, but instead they’re supporting colleagues and directly benefitting many more pupils. And now, the school-led system is about to ramp up another gear.

The recently launched £140m Strategic School Improvement Fund will target resources at schools most in need of support. The Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund will add another £75m for improving teacher CPD and leadership development in the areas of the country and the schools that need it most. Schools are currently being invited to be accredited as providers of the revised suite of national professional qualifications. The challenges are massive, but so are the opportunities.

Headteachers are no longer just leading their own school – they’re leading the system.
Whether as part of a teaching school alliance or a multi-academy trust, groups of schools are taking collective responsibility for all of the pupils in their group, not just within their own school. That’s easy when it’s about sharing some ideas about the new geography syllabus. It’s harder when there are real costs.

It was a challenging conversation with my head of biology when I explained we were sending one of her best teachers on secondment to another school. We were an outstanding school and could easily recruit a replacement – our sponsored school was in special measures and could not, but their children still needed an outstanding teacher. That summer, we had our best ever exam results in biology, and so did our sponsored school. They had learned from us, but we also gained both from what they did, and from having to examine our own practice rigorously before holding it up as an example to others.

You might be the standalone headteacher of a school, but the ultimate responsibility may be with the CEO of your multi-academy trust. This can be a bit of a shock to someone used to virtually complete autonomy, but there are some big benefits. Heads can grow into a post, knowing that they have support hard-wired into the system. There is someone else to worry about economies of scale and auditors so you can focus on improving teaching and learning. And yes, you will be held more closely to account, but the pupils will benefit. And that’s what counts, so let’s make it work!

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Book Review: Leadership Matters

We have been reading several interesting books over the past year and reviewing them at our regular meetings. Here’s a review a Headteacher has done of Leadership Matters by Andy Buck:

Review Leadership Matters

We are now all reading Hopeful Schools by Mary Myatt and will review that in September.

Conference Guests – final line up

Guest Contributors

Dominic Peckham

Dominic Peckham is regarded as one of the UK’s finest dynamic orchestral and choral conductors of his generation. An ambassador of international renown for choral and vocal music through both performance and extensive pioneering educational work across the world. He has worked with world-class orchestras, Gareth Malone from The Naked Choir. Expect a highly interactive and amazing keynote and workshop. ‘“… Hair-raising and fantastic….” NEIL MCCORMICK – THE TELEGRAPH

Dr Janet Rose

Dr Janet Rose is currently Chief Executive of the prestigious, world famous Norland College which provides the very best early years degree education and childcare training for its students. She is a co-founder of Emotion Coaching UK. Janet was a Reader in Education, Programme and Award Leader in Early Education at Bath Spa University. A former teacher, she has worked in a range of early years settings. Janet also led a ground breaking research project called Attachment Aware Schools and Settings, a comprehensive programme of support for children affected by early attachment difficulties, trauma and neglect which we will hear more about from her in her keynote and workshop.

Remembering Our Roots (James Benzing & James Oecken)

Remembering Our Roots is a CIC based in Cornwall which provides young people with the opportunity to develop a strong sense of nature connection, to learn Bushcraft & wilderness skills and to be supported in their journey through adolescence and into adulthood. Join James and James to explore how you can go on your own personal journey alongside students who take part in the programme. A teacher who just took part said ‘…The rewards have been nothing short of life changing. At times traumatic, the process of watching young people open up and then share their inner turmoil was heartbreaking for me and reduced me to tears on several occasions. I found myself in a place I’ve never been before, but I feel that I’ve come out the other side more in touch with myself and certainly more aware of the young people around me…’ Mr Helliwell

RJ Working (Deborah Mitchell & Terence Bevington)

RJ Working is a CIC based in Cornwall with the aim of strengthening the resilience and flexibility of individuals, families and communities, in response to harmful experiences through Restorative Justice.   RJ Working provides a safe, friendly and neutral service to enable communication between people, and to take steps towards restoring relationships and wellbeing. They are currently running a pilot within 10 schools in Cornwall and will be sharing about their work and engaging in a Q&A session with other experts about this ground-breaking approach to a better world for all.

Luke Rodgers & Foster Focus

Luke Rodgers is a Founder of Foster Focus. Since growing up in Care his life has been transformed. He travels the world now talking about how he overcame an extremely difficult early life and how any adult working in a school can help to transform young people’s lives. He will very honestly share his inspirational story, and with a colleague give practical advice and tips in this much over-looked aspect of well-being.

Professor David Hopkins

Professor Hopkins is well known for his work around Adventure Learning, models of learning and has worked extensively with many Universities, Governments and Educational Establishments. We are pleased he will be with us to offer closing remarks at the conference and share about an exciting new project.

Conference News

We are looking forward to our Conference on 3rd July. We’d like to introduce one of our keynote speakers in more detail.

Dominic Peckham. website

We first heard Dominic speak at the SSAT National Conference 2016 and knew we wanted to invite him to join us. Dominic is very dynamic and will certainly bring a powerful and lively start to our day!

Dominic Peckham is a conductor of immense energy and focus delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances’. Internationally renowned in his conducting and pioneering educational work, Peckham appears regularly on TV and Radio.

Here’s a short clip from the SSAT Conference:

Youtube SSAT Conference

He will also be hosting a small workshop for those interested in drawing out the best in those who love to sing! We hope to have a small group of students who can join us for this who will then perform at the close of the conference.

Email Helen Rodgers for further details on the conference and to book places: enquiries@appliedminds.eu

Teaching School Newsletter March 2017

Please find below the latest Teaching School Newsletter for March 2017 for the South West – a big region!

This extract sums up the key role Teaching Schools are continuing to play in keeping schools engaged and improving.

Challenge 4 in the South West – Embedding System Leadership
“Every type of school is engaged with a Teaching School Alliance by Summer 2018”
This spring edition of the TSC SW newsletter is hot on the heels of the Education South West Conference 2017 led by the Regional Schools Commissioner in Exeter on 9th March. Both Sir David Carter, NSC and Rebecca Clark, our SW RSC challenged the region with the need to increase the scope and coverage of teaching school alliances to ensure all schools are engaged and no school is left in isolation. In response we urge all teaching school leaders to review your alliance and the schools that access the full breadth of CPD, ITT and school improvement support through your teaching school activity, to ensure:
1. All schools are aware that the CPD / ITT / school support they participate in is through a teaching school; and
2. All teaching schools actively seek to involve new schools especially schools affected by rural isolation and sparsity.
The TSC SW team has been actively working with teaching schools across the region and developing relationships with Local Authority, RSC, MAT and diocese colleagues in particular, through participation in the new Sub Regional Improvement Boards led by the RSC. It is anticipated that with the new Strategic School Improvement Fund being rolled out in the summer term, teaching schools will have a significant role to play in providing school support through larger-scale thematic projects over the next 2-3 years through the Boards and sub regional brokerage hubs.

You can read the whole newsletter here:

March 2017 TSC SW Newsletter