Teacher Moderation Toolkit Roadshows

The St Helens TSA would like to offer the chance for all schools to be trained in using the ‘Teacher Moderation Toolkit’. The Writing tool kit is currently being used by schools to support moderation and standardisation. It supports teachers in all year groups to cross moderate (against national standards) with teacher guidance notes and supports pupils to identify features of a good piece of writing at all stages.

The resource has been quality assured by a team of English Advisors, English SLEs and Prim-Ed team publishing company to ensure it is of a high standard.

Head teachers and English SLs from across the NW region have requested we hold several events in a range of localities:

The following road shows will take place on:

Monday 24th June, 9.30-3.30pm at The Village Hotel, Knowsley – target audience: Y1 and Y2 teachers, KS1 phase leaders, English Leads.

Tuesday 25th June – 9.30-3.30pm at DW Stadium, Wigan – target audience: Y3 and Y4 teachers, LKS2 phase leaders, English Leads.

Wednesday 26th June – 9.30-3.30pm at Formby Hall Hotel, Sefton – target audience: Y5 and Y6 teachers, UKS2 phase leaders, English Leads.

All delegates will receive a FREE book per school (worth £34.99)

Training will include: staff development on how to use the resource whilst moderating their own books, subject knowledge and pedagogical understating of what is involved when assessing/moderating a piece of writing at the different levels, how to standardise against national criteria. Discussion around purposes (and audiences) to write. Exploring triggers for WTS, EXS and GDS. Using the toolkit to illustrate progression in writing from Autumn, spring and summer. It is essential that teachers bring a range of pupil books to the training.

The cost of the session will be: £50 per delegate this includes: a full days training, all training materials, one FREE book per school, a light lunch and refreshments.

About the toolkit:

There are two versions of the exemplification materials: those that are annotated with references to the national curriculum, and those that are not annotated, for CPD use or to share with children.

The Teacher Moderation Toolkit (written in conjunction with many St Helens’ TSA schools) was nominated and shortlisted for an ERA (Education Resource Award) this year. The books were selected for ‘Best Primary Resource’ – a category very difficult to be short listed for and we have received a new logo to demonstrate this achievement.

The resource was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ award. The judges spoke very highly about the resource as it continues to be a ‘real go -to for teacher assessment of writing.’

To reserve a place at the roadshows please contact: Paula Foster – paula.foster@three-saints.org.uk

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

School Direct Jobs Fair

I would like to invite you to meet with our current trainees at our Jobs Fair event on Wednesday, 1st May, 2019, 4.30-5.30pm at:

The St.Helens Hotel, 

Linkway West, 

WA10 1NG. 

We are often contacted by Heads making enquiries about our trainees. This academic year, we also had Heads contact us in September/October, regarding maternity cover. We have therefore put this event on so that you are given opportunity to meet and have informal chats with the trainees, with regards to you considering if they would make a valuable contribution to your school and possible employment in the future. Therefore, I hope that this will be time well spent for all concerned.

We hope that either yourself or one of your senior management team will be able to attend. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

National Professional Qualifications in School Leadership for the Autumn 2019 Intake

I am writing to advise that the registration window is now open, for all of the DfE accredited National Professional Qualifications in school leadership, for the Autumn 2019 intake.

The St Helens TSA in association with Best Practice Network and the Outstanding Leaders Partnership are pleased to offer the following qualifications:

  • NPQ for Middle Leadership
  • NPQ for Senior Leadership
  • NPQ for Headship
  • NPQ for Executive Leadership

Funding opportunities: Funding may be available for candidates in eligible regions (category 5 & 6 areas), but at this time cannot be guaranteed.

Candidates can now apply via the following link: www.outstandingleaders.org

PLEASE NOTE: the registration deadline for the Autumn 2019 intake, is Friday 26th July 2019.

I hope you will find this information useful and should you have any enquiries about these training opportunities, please email:  www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/lc-briefing-eoi

Applicants completing their programme application are asked to identify whether they have been recommended by one of our delivery partners. You will be asked to identify the partner from a drop down list, and then to enter that partner’s ‘partner allocation code’.

If you wish to complete your face to face sessions with the St Helens TSA the information is as follows:

The partner allocation code is: STHN-TSA

The partner name is listed as St Helens TSA

Green Screen Film Making

As a result of feedback from last term. The St Helens TSA in association with Mako Education would like to offer the following training session:

Green Screen Film Making

Do you want to make the most of your schools green screen? Do you want to create a short film using a green screen? This is a technique that is used in many big-budget feature films to achieve spectacular effects. You will be shown that we can make people fly, disappear, visit the bottom of the sea….. anything is possible!

During the day we will cover:

  • Character creation
  • Storyboarding
  • Story development
  • Green Screen film making
  • Green Screen photography
  • Green Screen arts and crafts
  • Compositing and video editing
  • Importing Green Screen content to different apps and software

The session will take place on: Thursday 2nd May 2019, 9.00am – 3.00pm at St Helens TSA POD, St Mary & St Thomas’ CE Primary School, Barton Close, St Helens,

WA10 2HS.

For further information including cost please see the flyer.

If you wish to book on any of the following sessions please email/call:

Sarah Makin (Senior Administrator TSA): sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk

Paula Foster (Administrator): paula.foster@three-saints.org.uk

Spinney Avenue CE Primary Assistant Head Post

Job Title:               Assistant Head Teacher

Grade:                   Teachers Leadership Scale (L4-L8)

Contract Hours:     Full time

Contract:               Permanent

Salary:                   Assistant Head Teacher – Leadership Scale

Start date:             1st September 2019

Full details:

Assistant Head Advert KS2 2019
Assistant Head Job Description KS2
Person Specification Assistant Headteacher KS2

How to use maths journals to support KS1 moderators making assessment judgements

NW Maths Hub 3 are offering all schools and LA KS1 Moderators the chance to attend the following training:

Due to popular demand we have added another date…

Title: How to use maths journals to support KS1 moderators making assessment judgements


  • To provide an overview of teaching for mastery
  • To become familiar with the structure of Maths No Problem lessons
  • To explore how Maths journals can be used to assess attainment in mathematics

The training has been designed as a result of moderator training feedback from a number of LAs. The sessions will look at providing evidence/securing judgements and what to look for when participating in moderation activities through journaling and the use of a scheme.

To Take place on: Tuesday 30th April – 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Venue: The St Helens Hotel, St Helens.

Cost: £50.00 per delegate to include all course materials and refreshments.

Trainer: Rachel Hounslow-Griffiths– Teaching for Mastery Specialist.

To book a place please contact: Paula Foster paula.foster@three-saints.org.uk


Leading a Mentally Healthy School – Two Day Training Programme

The St Helens TSA would like to invite all schools to attend:

Leading a Mentally Healthy School – Two Day Training Programme

New dates due to popular demand

Leading a Mentally healthy school training modules have been funded by Health Education England (HEE) and created by the School Development Support Agency (SDSA) in partnership with an expert group of educational psychologists, education consultants and mental health organisations.

The course is aimed specifically at Senior Leaders and focuses on reflection of current provision and strategic planning to help develop a mentally healthy school.

Target audience: Deputy Head and Assistant HTs, SENDCOs and Well being leads.

Leading a Mentally Healthy School aims:

To enable and empower senior leaders to put mental health at the heart of strategic school improvement.

To equip senior leaders with practical and sustainable approaches that can be implemented on return to school.

Module Content: This course is about LEADERSHIP of a mentally healthy school.

Module 1 : Ethos, culture and strategic leadership

What is mental health?

Why have a whole school approach to mental health?

The importance of ethos and culture.

Strategic planning.

To take place on: Thursday 13th June 2019, 9.30-3.30 at St Helens TSA POD, St Mary and St Thomas CE Primary School, Barton Close, St Helens, WA10 2HS.

Module 2: Policies and procedures for impact

Policies and leadership

Signs and Symptoms

Procedures for impact

To take place on: Thursday 27th June 2019, 9.30-3.30 at St Helens TSA POD, St Mary and St Thomas CE Primary School, Barton Close, St Helens, WA10 2HS.

Linda Smith- SLE and Well Being Director will deliver the programme.

The cost of the entire programme is: £50 per delegate. This includes a light lunch and all course materials.

To book a place please contact:

Sarah Makin- sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk

Paula Foster- paula.foster@three-saints.org.uk

Conference: Developing Vocabulary and the English Language to raise standards

Due to the huge success of last years’ Celebration of English Conference the St Helens TSA would like to offer both Primary and Secondary English Subject leaders, Senior leaders and anyone passionate about English, the chance to attend this year conference entitled:

Developing Vocabulary and the English Language to raise standards

The event will take place on: Wednesday 10th July, 8.30-4.15pm at Anfield Football Stadium, Anfield Rd, Liverpool L4 0TH (home of Liverpool Football Club).

The cost of the conference is £60 for the full day. This will include: all materials, tea/coffee and a light lunch.

During the day teachers will have the unique opportunity to hear from English specialists, poets and established authors. All delegates will have the opportunity to hear from the range of exciting speakers rather than having to select workshops to attend.

Guest speakers include: (please see attached for further information)

  • Michael Rosen
  • Lemn Sissay
  • Mary Myatt
  • Alison Wilcox
  • Darren Chetty
  • Mary Roche

Maddy Barnes will host the event.

Stalls and goodie bags will also be available during the day.

Target audience: Primary and Secondary English Subject Leaders, Head teachers, senior leaders, all teachers and anyone passionate about English!

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place please contact:

Paula Foster- paula.foster@three-saints.org.uk or Sarah Makin- sarah.makin@three-saints.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you all at the conference. I am sure it will be a memorable event!