Autumn 2018 TSA Newsletter

Welcome back to the new school year, we hope that you have had a wonderful summer break.

Please see attached the St Helens TSA newsletter Autumn 2018.

Just to outline some of the key benefits of being part of the St Helens Teaching School Alliance:

  • Attendance at termly alliance members meetings to shape the future of the Teaching Schools work.
  • NQT package discounts.
  • Attendance at termly Mathematics and Literacy subject leader workshops- Free of Charge.
  • 20% off School to School support packages.
  • 25% off CPD opportunities (usually £150 per day or £70 per half day)
  • Free ½ day consultation to formulate a bespoke package of training for your school or a cluster of schools.
  • An opportunity to engage in Research and Development activities of the alliance linked to National priorities including Maths Hub NW 3 events and projects.
  • To be kept abreast of all current initiatives and educational updates via the Teaching Schools mailing list and access to all areas via the St Helens Teaching Schools Website.
  • Schools Direct Student attached to your school*

NEW for 2018-19:

  • FREE SBM network
  • SENDCo and Computing CPD offer
  • Leadership at all levels training programme

In addition, all members will receive a FREE place at the annual alliance Leadership conference and Head Teacher/SLT termly briefings.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the alliance or becoming a member please don’t hesitate in contacting: Lisa Bradshaw (Director of the TSA and NW Maths Hub 3) or Sarah Makin (TSA Senior Administrator) or Paula Foster (TSA Administrator) alternatively call: 077446463250 (Lisa) 07446446418 (Sarah).

For more information visit our website: or follow us on twitter – @SthelensTSA

I look forward to hearing from you and working with you and your school in the future.

Mathematical thinking for the New GCSE

NW Maths Hub 3 would like to invite all Secondary schools to be involved in the new National Programme for 2018-19: Mathematical thinking for the New GCSE.

Overview of the programme:

This Work Group offers teachers and their departments nationally coordinated support to address the reasoning and problem-solving challenges of the mathematics curriculum and its assessment in the new GCSE.  Many departments will be considering not only the long-term development of these skills across KS3 and into KS4, but also the immediate needs of current KS4 pupils facing the challenges of the new GCSE. This Work Group aims to support both these aspects through professional development activities focusing on practical and accessible classroom-based approaches.  Participation also offers the opportunity to develop departmental professional development processes and produce longer-term improvement plans.

Who is this for? All secondary schools wishing to begin or continue a programme of professional development to address the teaching and learning implications of the new curriculum and GCSE. Ideally, each school will send two members of department (at least one of whom is experienced and has some leadership responsibility) to maximise the impact of the professional development within the department.

What is involved?

4 x half day workshops focused on developing reasoning and problem-solving skills in all lessons . These sessions will take place on:

Wed 05/12/18   1-4pm

Tues 22/01/19   1-4pm

Thur 28/03/19   1-4pm

Wed 12/06/19   1-4pm

The venue will be confirmed at a later date.

Gap tasks between the workshops will include Lesson Study, allowing wider department participation in the professional development.

There will be an evaluation process focusing on the impact of activities on pupils and the wider department.

The programme is FREE of CHARGE. Please circulate to your networks.

For further information please see flyer: Mathematical Thinking for GCSE Flyer 201819

If you would like to take part please complete the EOI form:  Mathematical Thinking for GCSE – Information and EOI

and return it to:

Lindsay Porter or Lisa Bradshaw by Friday 19th October 2018

Many thanks in advance. We look forward to working with you and your school on this exciting new project.

Computing CPD package 2018-19

Dear Colleagues

Please see attached a new ‘Computing CPD package’ for autumn 2018: Computing CPD autumn term 2018-19 offer

In response to school requests we are providing 3 training opportunities throughout the autumn term:

  • Introduction to Film: Raising Literacy Attainment Through Film – Level One
  • Filmmaking for Curricular Attainment
  • Stop Motion Animation

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

Target Audience: Primary teachers (all key stages), computing leads and TAs supporting ICT provision.

The full day sessions will include: Tea/coffee/biscuits a light lunch and all course resources.

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

Sarah Makin (Senior Administrator TSA):

Paula Foster (Administrator):

SENDCO training in partnership with Inclusive Learning North

St Helens TSA are delighted to offer SENDCO training in partnership with Inclusive Learning North

This training package will cover the following:

  • the current role of the SENCO and what this looks like in practice
  • managing your time and workload for the SENCO role
  • the legal framework of SEND and what that looks like in policy and practice
  • accurate identification of pupils with SEND
  • where to start in the role and what to look for
  • identifying progress and outcomes in pupils with SEND
  • developing provision maps that tell you what you need to know
  • judging whether progress is good enough for pupils with SEND or whether aspirations should be higher
  • evidence to support your judgements
  • mapping interventions and evaluating the impact
  • what makes a good EHCP needs assessment application and when you should apply for one
  • getting the Annual Review process right
  • chairing meetings effectively
  • leading to ensure that every teacher is a teacher of SEND
  • managing teaching assistant deployment
  • managing resources
  • collaboration with pupils, parents and carers
  • collaboration with external agencies and other settings
  • working with your SEN Governor
  • preparing for your NASENCO Award

Course provision

  • 3 x 3-hour training sessions held during the first half of each term, specifically aimed at new SENCOs
  • 3 x 2.5-hour SEND Essentials Forums held during the second half of each term, aimed at all SENCOs
  • Continuous online support for the full year, with access to online resources and signposting information
  • Full email, phone and Skype support from the course consultant, Zena Martin, throughout the year
  • Resources, templates and handouts provided

Target audience

  • SENCOs entering the first year of their role
  • SENCOs returning to the role following a significant period away from it

Further information: SENDCO training offer 2018-19

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

NW Maths Hub 3- Secondary HOD meetings for 2018-19

NW Maths Hub 3 are running FREE Secondary Maths Heads of Department meetings for 2018-19 in the following locations:

St Helens (and surrounding areas)

Wigan (and surrounding areas)

Wirral (and surrounding areas)

Halton (and surrounding areas)

PRU and special schools network

All secondary schools are welcome to attend any of the networks. Please feel free to circulate the offer to all your networks.

Further information including the focus of the meetings, times and venues.

To book a place please contact:

Sarah Makin-

Paula Foster-

For further information  regarding Secondary Maths Hub opportunities please contact:

Lindsay Porter- Secondary Maths Lead:

Lisa Bradshaw- Maths Hub Lead:


We look forward to seeing you there!

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.