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.

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.