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

Annual Conference 3rd July 2017

We would like to invite you to our 4th Annual Conference on Monday 3rd July. We hope you will join us at the Headland Hotel, Newquay for a day of discovering strategies and bringing people together with a shared purpose.

The educational landscape is always changing and evolving, but we want to focus on the wellbeing and deeper challenges affecting our young people with some leading practitioners who will share their experiences and offer practical solutions.

Keynotes confirmed:

Dominic Peckham (Conductor & Choral Expert)
Dr Janet Rose (Emotion Coaching & Norland College)
Luke Rodgers & Karylle Phillips (Foster Focus)

Some schools have already block-booked places, so avoid disappointment you are encouraged to at least reserve your place now. We will be releasing further details on keynote and workshop themes in April.

Conference 2017

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STEM in Cornwall event

A twilight “STEM in Cornwall” Showcase and networking event is being held at Truro College on the 1st of February from 5-7pm.

This is a free opportunity to meet with a range of other teachers, local STEM employers and outside agencies (RSC, IOP, STEM Ambassador network, National STEM centre, Maths Hub).

The aim of the event is to help get likeminded STEM educators together to build relationships and partnerships to continue to improve STEM education and opportunity in Cornwall. It will also give you an opportunity to find out how we might tap into national initiatives to enrich our curriculum.

Sign up is here and the event is completely free.

School Visit: Managing iPads in a 1:1 environment

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Whilst the 1:1 deployment of digital devices in schools is becoming more popular, there can be pitfalls that prevent a successful and sustainable implementation. Mounts Bay Academy has been using iPads in a 1:1 environment since 2011, getting global recognition and gaining Apple Distinguished Schools status.

This event, for school leaders, business managers, IT technical staff and e-learning co-ordinators, will discuss the day-to-day realities of 1:1 iPad schemes and includes hands-on experience, pedagogical and technical presentations and a look at real 1:1 lessons using iPads.

The visit includes lunch and refreshments and opportunities to talk with staff and students.

Participants will:

Experience an iPad learning environment first hand on a tour

Look at how Mounts Bay delivers CPD and digital workflows

Have help to formulate a 1:1 iPad strategy or pitch

Hear from senior leaders about high points and pitfalls

Reflect upon the positive impact of a 1:1 learning environment

Discover how to use iPads in a cost-effective way

Have the chance to chat with staff and students about how they use iPads, both in and out of lessons.

Teacher Training Recruitment Events Autumn 2016

We are looking forward to the new recruitment cycle for Initial Teacher Training, taking applications from 18th October (apply via UCAS).

We will be attending a couple of recruitment events in November, where you can come along to find out more and ask questions.

Cornwall Teacher Training Event

Thursday 3rd November at the Atlantic Centre, Newquay

Details and sign up here:

ITT Event 3rd November

Train to Teach Roadshow at Exeter on Tuesday 15th November.

Details and sign up here:

Train to Teach Exeter

Apple Regional Networking Event

Are you enthusiastic about using technology in teaching and learning?

Come along to this invite-only event to share ideas and network with likeminded colleagues interested in transforming learning with technology.

Hosted by Mounts Bay Academy, an Apple Distinguished School, you’ll be able to connect with other teachers and leaders from the Apple education community, showcase ideas, and participate in a collaborative project.

Apple Education community event at The Cube, Mounts Bay Academy.

If you want to contribute a 5 minute interesting, inspiring, insightful to share around educational technology, please let us know.

4:00pm – Informal networking and refreshments
4:30pm – Welcome
4:40pm – Showcases
5:30pm – Creative Challenge
6pm – Networking
7pm – Close

Refreshments will be provided.

Book your place here:

‘Most Likely To Succeed’ film screening 8th July

We are pleased to be hosting a screening of the acclaimed and thought-provoking feature-length documentary ‘Most Likely To Succeed’ on 8th July after our conference.

Director, writer and producer Greg Whiteley examines the shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s changing world. Whitely takes his cameras to a new and unconventional school in San Diego. High Tech High, where project-based learning is a central precept. As Whiteley points out, High Tech students do quite well on conventional measures of success even though the school’s focus is on engaging and inspiring its students.

‘For all of human history the primary focus of education has been about acquiring more content knowledge. Today content is ubiquitous. It’s free. It’s on every Internet-connected device.’ Tony Wagner of Harvard Innovation Lab.


We are showing the film on Friday 8th July at the Newlyn Filmhouse. Drinks/nibbles from 5pm and screening at 6pm. Further details and tickets available here:


Most Likely To Succeed

Conference workshops

You can now book your place at our Annual Conference on 8th July. Along with Keynotes and Workshops from Hywel Roberts and Stephen Heppell, we have a number of practical workshops during the day. Our confirmed hosts are Jo Wotton (Catering Manager, Saints’ Way Multi Academy Trust), Ben Chalwin (Mindfulness Teacher), John Rodgers (Science Teacher, Redruth School), Stormfront (Apple distributor) and Mounts Bay Academy Digital Leaders. We’ll be giving more detail on their workshops soon.

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Heppell. Stephen’s ‘eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground’ approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large scale projects over three decades, have established him internationally as a widely and fondly recognized leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology. A school teacher for more than a decade, and a professor since 1989, Stephen has worked, and is working, with learner led projects, with governments around the world, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, with schools and communities, with his PhD students and with many influential trusts and organisations.

Hywel Roberts. Hywel is a teacher, author and educationalist working with many schools, colleges, universities and other educational organisations across the UK and beyond. From basic but great classroom pedagogy to developing a blended brave curriculum to teacher coaching, leadership development and mentoring (also including TA, AST, NQT development and cover supervisor training) to wonderfully innovative and life-changing strategies such as ‘Mantle of the Expert’, Hywel covers – and practices – a whole variety of approaches that make learning real for young people and delivers his work with an energy and a humour which is quite, quite infectious.

Workshop Hosts

Stephen Heppell & Hywell Roberts

Stormfront. They are the largest Apple Premium Reseller in the UK. They understand the needs of teaching and support staff alike and provide technology solutions and demonstrate how to make handheld learning a reality in the classroom.

Ben Chalwin. He is certified to teach with the Mindfulness in Schools Project and is passionate about young people having access to mindfulness.

Jo Wotton. She is passionate about getting school catering beyond the kitchen by creating a whole school approach.

John Rodgers. A Science Teacher and Progress Leader who uses ancient memory techniques with virtual technology to boost revision and learning.

MBA Digital Leaders. Young digital leaders who are passionate about using digital technology.

Cara Littlefield. Cara works with REAL Projects, the Innovation Unit and High Tech High and is a Project Based Learning Coach

Conference Tickets

Tregenna Castle, St Ives