Secondary Mastery Programme: closing date – Thursday 7th June 2018

Don’t forget to apply- Secondary Mastery Programme: closing date- Thursday 7th June 2018

The NCETM and Maths Hubs are recruiting a third wave of teachers to join the secondary Mastery Specialists programme. This is part of a significant expansion of teaching for mastery work by Maths Hubs in secondary schools across England.

Following the broad format of preceding cohorts, the teachers will complete a three-year professional development programme, with these objectives:

first year (2018-2019): developing mastery approaches in their own classroom

second year (2019-2020): developing mastery approaches across their school’s maths department

third year (2020-2021): supporting two other schools’ maths departments to introduce teaching for mastery.

The teachers will attend five residential training events, run by the NCETM and Maths Hubs, spread across the first two years, the first taking place in the 2018 autumn term. In between, the teachers will work with colleagues from their local Maths Hub and, on an ongoing basis in an online community, share experiences and materials with colleagues from the entire cohort.

Funding: each teacher’s school receives £3000 per year for the first two years, to cover release time of 15 days per year. In the third year, their schools will receive £350 per day for 15 days’ work supporting departments in other schools, making a total of £5250.

Each Maths Hub is looking to recruit three or four teachers in this cohort.

To apply:

  • Applicant and nominating head teacher/senior leader complete the relevant parts of the form. Please see application  and more information here: 
  • e-mail the application to the NCETM ( by 5pm Thursday 7th June 2018.
  • Applicants will be notified by 14th July 2018.

The closing date for applications is 7 June 2018. Only state-funded schools in England are eligible to apply to take part.

School Direct: Applications Welcome for September 2018

Are you interested in becoming a Primary Teacher or do you know some one who is? Have you considered School Direct? If so, we still have places on our successful and well established School Direct programme for September 2018. Please see our website for further details:

Applications for 2018/19 places. We have 60 places for 2018/19 in 52 placement schools across the areas. If you are interested in applying for a place on a course in 2018-19, please remember that all applications are made via the UCAS website.

Applications should be made through UCAS. Our training provider code is 13N and our training programme code is 23N5.

I will be happy to assist you with any further queries.

Kathy Carman

Strategic Lead for St.Mary and St.Thomas CE Primary Alliance.

St Helens Teaching School Alliance English Training Programme 2018-19

The St Helens Teaching School Alliance English Training Programme 2018-19; all training has been arranged in response to the scoping exercises carried out by the alliance, responding to local and National priorities.

The training package includes: (please see documents below for further details)

  • Planning for Writing– including fiction and non-fiction and teaching GPS in context: EYFS-Y6.
  • Spelling – KS1 and 2
  • Reading- Pulling the content domains apart and looking at question stems, How to balance test technique and reading for pleasure, Pitching the book a the right level, When are children fluent readers? Recognising strategies to secure this and teaching Vocabulary through text- KS1, LKS2 and UKS2
  • Moderation- Year 2 and 6 (in two parts)
  • Year 2 and 3 Reading for Stamina
  • English- What is Mastery and how do we ensure depth of knowledge? KS1, LKS2 and UKS2
  • Inspiring TAs- providing effective support
  • Reciprocal reading – this is an effective and proven approach to developing reading and comprehension. To be used as an intervention. Y2-6 Teachers and TAs.

In addition to the training listed above we are continuing the termly English subject leader meetings.  The first SLs meeting will Wednesday 7th November, 9:30 – 3.30pm at The World of Glass, St Helens, Chalon Way E, Saint Helens WA10 1BX

The session will focus on:

  • Visiting author: Alison Wilcox (author of Descriptosaurus). Alison will lead a session on writing and vocabulary.
  • Implications  for teaching Post 2018 tests and implications for 2018-19 in KS1 and 2.
  • National Updates on current thinking.

Head Teacher/SLT Briefing– implications for teaching English Post 2018 tests. An insight into implications for future KS1 and 2 provision. Free to all alliance members.

NEW for 2018-19: Excellent English Teacher Programme- These sessions are aimed at excellent English teachers/subject leaders/SLEs/PDLs who have the potential and drive to achieve excellence in English practice and the ability to develop others. The programme will be delivered over 7 sessions (see flyer below for further details)

Excellent English Teacher flyer 2018-19

Literacy SL network 2018-19

Reciprocal reading training SEPT 2018-19

St Helens TSA English CPD 2018-19


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

Reminder: Have you secured a place on the Celebration of English Conference– a focus on improving reading and Oracy? Only 10 places remaining: 15th June 2018.

Schools that have signed the alliance partnership agreement will receive 25% off all training courses and will receive a ‘free’ place on all the English subject leader network meetings.

All training is provided by Maddy Barnes. Please see pen portrait attached.

If you are not a member and are interested in finding out more then please contact: Sarah Makin (TSA administrator) or Lisa Bradshaw (Director of the St Helens TSA and National Maths Hub NW3).

If you wish to book on any of the following sessions please email: Sarah Makin (Senior Administrator):  or Paula Foster (Administrator):

For additional information regarding any of the training offers don’t hesitate in contacting- Lisa Bradshaw (Director of The St Helens Teaching School Alliance):

We look forward to working with your school in the future.

Kind Regards

Lisa Bradshaw

Director of the St Helens Teaching School Alliance and NW Maths Hub 3

Director of School Improvement- Three Saints Academy Trust

Raising Boys’ Achievement: Closing the Gap – May 2018 – LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING

The St Helens TSA, in association with Oxford University is offering a leadership conference focusing on:

Raising Boys’ Achievement:  Closing the Gap

Please see flyer for further information: Invitation Gary Wilson 9th May

The event will take place on: Wednesday 9th May 2018, 9-3.30pm at DW Stadium, Loire Dr, Wigan WN5 0UH.

The event will focus on:

  • Session 1:   Achievement: Setting the Context
  • Session 2:   Breaking Through the Barriers to Boys’ Achievement in Literacy
  • Session 3:   Effective Strategies for Breaking Through Other Barriers to Boys’ Achievement

The conference will be delivered by Gary Wilson, as a teacher for over 27 years, Gary Wilson has led award-winning campaigns, written several books and delivered training in hundreds of schools on the issue of raising boys’ achievement. Gary is a freelance consultant who talks about tracing under achievement from  Pre-School to 16 and what we can do to prevent it.  He explains about how to interact with boys to optimise learning and overcoming barriers to achievement. Gary endorses the power of the whole-school approach to motivate boys to achieve their full potential.

As a result of the conference schools will be offered the opportunity to work on a project to use and implement strategies discussed as part of the day. Further details to follow…

The cost of the full day event including all course materials, tea/coffee and a light lunch is: £25.00.

Numbers will be limited (2 per school) so please book early by emailing: by18th April 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Celebration of English Conference

The St Helens TSA would like to invite all primary and secondary teachers to a Celebration of English Conference with a focus on raising standards in Oracy and Reading.

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)

Tony Walsh
Martin Galway
Levi Tafari
Shareen Mayers
Dawn Robertson
Pam Smy
Mat Tobin
Steve Antony

Maddy Barnes will host the event.

The event will take place on: Friday 15th June 2018, 8.45-3.30pm at Anfield Football Stadium, Anfield Rd, Liverpool L4 0TH (home of Liverpool Football Club).

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

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

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

Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. To book a place please contact:
Paula Foster- or Sarah Makin-

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

Celebration of English Conference JUNE 2018

TSM workshop on mathematics technology

The TSM workshop, on mathematics technology, is taking place on Saturday 10th February at Manchester Metropolitan University 9:30/10am to 4pm.  We still have spaces.

It will be a great chance for secondary and college teachers to brush up their ICT skills and learn from three national leaders in this field:

– Douglas Butler:   introducing Autograph 4, and teaching statistics.
– Craig Barton:      exploring purposeful practice.
– Mick Blaylock:    on spreadsheets, large data and calculators.

Full details and application:  TSM Workshop 
Teachers should use the £20 tickets if 2 or more are applying from the same institution.
All attendees will receive an installation of the new Autograph 4.

NW Maths Hub 3 – Spring CPD offers Primary

NW Maths Hub 3 is offering the following Primary Maths CPD opportunities in the spring and summer term 2018. Further details are linked at the bottom of the page.

Year 6 Preparation for SATs – Tuesday 16th January 2018, 9.00-3.30pm
Focus: Implications of previous tests and test preparation, utilising basic skills to attempt harder calculations and problems, simple tools and strategies given to improve arithmetic fluency and effective strategies to tackle unseen reasoning questions.

EYFS- Using a story/topic based approach to plan a mathematical sequence – starting on: Wednesday 17th January 2018, 9-12.
Focus: Staff will explore mathematical concepts from 30-50 months to ensure they are meeting the ELGs, Staff will ensure progression is built into the lesson design through a creative approach based on story, awe and wonder! and counting to ordering to calculation including making connections between other mathematical areas.
The package will include: 3 ½ day sessions and all resources used at the sessions

Differentiation in a mastery context- KS1- Tuesday30th January 2018, 9.00-12.00 noon
To support teachers to differentiate effectively within a mastery mathematics curriculum
To identify the big mathematical ideas that underpin learning of key concepts
How equipment and images can be used to build conceptual understanding
To give children opportunities to work at greater depth within year group expectations
Additional dates for UKS2 and LKS2- March 2018

Assessment of Mastery
How to meet the needs of all learners including rapid graspers and lower attaining pupils
Supporting teachers to monitor current provision, identifying gaps and planning next steps to ensure children are prepared to meet end of year national expectations
Teachers will need to bring 3 pupil books that show a difference in mathematical attainment and thinking
KS1- Tuesday 6th February 2018, 9.00-3.30pm.
LKS2- Tuesday 20th February 2018, 9-3.30pm.

UKS2- Tuesday 27th February 2018, 9-3.30pm.

Mathematics Subject Leader Day 2- Friday 23rd February 2018, 9.00am – 3.30pm
Assessment of Mastery; moderation and standardisation
Mathematical updates and current thinking. There will also be an opportunity for quality assurance of Maths practice via NW Maths Hub 3 as they share their experiences from current national practice and policy.

Achieving Greater Depth in a Mastery Context- starting in June 2018

achieving greater depth in a mastery context

Maths SL Network Primary 2017-18

Maths CPD spring 2018

Differentitation in a mastery context spring 2018

Places are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

A full days course costs- £150, this includes: refreshments (including light lunch) and all course materials.

½ day training costs- £70, this includes: tea/coffee/biscuits and all course materials.

Alliance members receive 25% of all training opportunities.

Maths SL network meetings and Head Teacher briefings are Free of Charge to all alliance members.

To reserve a place for any event please contact: Sarah Makin and/or Paula Foster

Thank you in advance. We look forward to working with you and your staff soon.

St Helens TSA- Leadership briefings spring 2018

The St Helens TSA lead for Maths Hub NW3 would like to invite all Head Teachers and Senior Leaders to the following Leadership briefings in the spring term 2018.

  • Supporting schools for the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)- this session will help schools to comply with your responsibilities to information rights in school, colleges and universities. The session will be delivered by Dmitrije Sivovica (Browne Jacobson) on Wednesday 17th January 2018, 1-4pm at The World of Glass, St Helens.
  • WOWS Marking and Feedback Project- The session will be delivered by Phil Edge (HT at Newfold CPS, Wigan) on Wednesday 7th February 1.30-3.30pm at The World of Glass, St Helens. In October 2014, the DfE launched the workload challenge. This was a month-long survey asking teachers for their views on how to reduce unnecessary workload. Analysis of the survey identified marking as one of the three most burdensome tasks impacting on teacher workload. As a result, the DfE set up the Marking Policy Review Group to look at marking practices in schools that are raising standards successfully while reducing marking workload. The Group’s report was published in March 2016.

Following discussions about the potential impact of new approaches to marking and feedback noted in the Marking Policy Review Group Report, the WOWS Consortium put together a reflective research project to evaluate their current marking procedures and consider a range of alternative methodologies across member schools.

The intended aim was to develop and evaluate alternative ways of working that could be disseminated across all schools in the Consortium and beyond. The project was also viewed as an opportunity to implement a programme of reflective research that is seen as an essential element of an evidence based profession. The session will give you a practice approach on how you can adopt and adapt a similar approach in your schools.

  • Safeguarding Awareness Refresher Training – This session will be delivered by Linda Smith (Safeguarding and Well-being SLE) on Thursday 1st March 1-4pm at The World of Glass, St Helens.

The session will focus on:


Signs and indicators of abuse

Specific safeguarding issues

Safer working practices

  • To recognise the signs and indicators of the four main types of abuse
  • To know what to do when you suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or is at risk of, significant harm
  • To develop an awareness of specific safeguarding issues
  • To ensure that the school setting and staff protect and promote pupils’ welfare


Legislation and guidance

Serious case reviews

Information sharing

  • To understand the legislative framework underpinning child protection work
  • To be able to discern lessons that can be taken from serious case reviews to improve both personal and organisational practice
  • To understand the importance of information sharing



Reporting concerns

Duty to refer

  • To understand best practice when dealing with disclosures
  • To know how to make an accurate and effective record of concerns
  • To understand the responsibility placed on individuals to refer concerns

The above are the statutory elements that have to be covered in Safeguarding Refresher training however mental health, adverse childhood experiences and anecdotal information with be included in the presentation.

To reserve a place on any/all of the leadership briefings please contact: Sarah Makin (Senior Administrator TSA):  or Paula Foster (Administrator):

Target Audience: Head Teachers, Governors with specific responsibilities, DHTs, AHTs and other senior leads.


The cost of the Leadership briefings is £50.00 per session including all course materials, tea/coffee and biscuits. The sessions are FREE of Charge for all alliance members.

For additional information regarding any of the training offers don’t hesitate in contacting- Lisa Bradshaw (Director of The St Helens Teaching School Alliance)

We look forward to working with you and your schools in the future.

Kind Regards

Lisa Bradshaw

Director of the St Helens Teaching School Alliance and NW Maths Hub 3

Director of School Improvement- Three Saints Academy Trust

Behaviour management training sessions for lunchtime supervisors

The St Helens TSA would like to invite all lunchtime supervisors to attend the following training sessions:

  • De – escalation strategies. To take place on Thursday 19th October, 8.45-11.00am at the World of Glass, St Helens.
  • Positive Playtime Activities ( for Lunchtime Organisers and any other staff involved on the playground) This is an active and physical course where the games will be demonstrated. Delegates will be expected to get involved. Trainers and sports clothing will be needed to be worn. To take place on: Thursday 30th November, 9.00- 11.15am at Peter Street Community Centre, Peter St, Saint Helens WA10 2EQ.

This will be led by Jason Bangbala. Jason is a leading Educational Consultant, delivering his unique style of training to organisations across the UK. As well as training courses and consultancy work, he continues to be an active classroom practitioner. He has delivered training for the St Helens TSA at all levels – School Direct, NQTs, Teachers and Leaders within the last 12 months and continues to work with our partnership.

All the training courses are practical, interactive and highly engaging. Some of the most commonly used words or phrases from people who have experienced Jason’s training include: Inspirational, realistic and motivating!

The cost of this training is £50 per delegate, per session this will include: course materials and tea/coffee/biscuits.

To book a place please contact: Sarah Makin, TSA Administrator,

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