St Helens TSA Leadership training in association with ECM

Essential training for Headteachers, Senior and Middle Leaders:

Start Date Times Course Leader Course Code Title Venue
20/11/2018 09:00 – 12:00 Gail Maguire OF6 Give a good account of your subject during Inspection Mercure Haydock, St Helens, WA11 9SG ·
20/11/2018 09:00 – 15:00 Peter Cox SEC – SL10 Highly Effective Subject Leadership 1 –  Securing Accurate Self-Evaluation St Helen’s Chamber, St Helens, WA10 1FY
22/11/2018 09:00 – 15:00 Gail Maguire SL14 T2T 1 Coaching and supporting your Middle Leaders Mercure Haydock, St Helens, WA11 9SG ·
04/12/2018 09:00 – 15:00 Gail Maguire SL02 ML School Self-Evaluation – Coaching and Supporting You in Writing Your Outcomes Section – For Middle Leaders Mercure Haydock, St Helens, WA11 9SG ·
04/12/2018 18:00 – 20:00 Gail Maguire GB01 Governor Training: Analyse Your School’s Performance     (ASP and IDSR) – How do you measure up? St Mary & St Thomas’ Primary School, St Helens, WA10 2HS
05/12/2018 09:00 – 15:00 Oliver McPhail A04 Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR) and Analyse your School’s Performance – How do you measure up? Mercure Haydock, St Helens, WA11 9SG ·


Cost of the training:

£150 + VAT for full day training sessions

£75 + VAT for half day and Governor training sessions

To book, please email: or call:

mob: 07736032375

Disadvantaged Pupils – A Systematic Approach to Improving Outcomes – St Helens TSA in association with ECM Training

St Helens TSA in association with ECM would like to offer all St Helens Alliance schools the chance to attend the following training:

Disadvantaged Pupils – A Systematic Approach to Improving Outcomes

To take place on: 6th November 2018, Mercure Haydock, St Helen’s, WA11 9SG
at 9am-3pm.

The cost of the training is: £150 + VAT per delegate

During the course, you will work through a process step by step to ensure that barriers for learning are accurately identified for disadvantaged pupils and funding targeted to ensure impact on pupil outcomes in a primary school.

By the end of the course you will:
·        have used a systematic approach to secure outcomes that should diminish the differences for disadvantaged pupils;
·        evaluated the impact of previous spending against pupil outcomes;
·        considered examples of pupil premium spending that have resulted in improved outcomes for pupils;
·        gained an understanding of what inspectors may consider in terms of pupil premium in an inspection;
·        considered whether your school is meeting the statutory responsibility by reporting pupil premium information on your school’s website; and
·        determined what information should be shared with governors

To book a place please contact:

Helen Caunce, ECM Education School Liaison Manager

TEL: 0844 335 1022

mob: 07736032375

DSBM Re-launch and individual units- St Helens TSA in association with BPN

FAO: School Business Managers/administration staff

The St Helens TSA in association with BPN would like to offer all schools the chance to complete the BPN DSBM L4 qualification. Please see flyers:

BPN_DSBM fullcourse
BPN_DSBM indvunits

This offer includes:

  1. The full blended learning Level 4 DSBM programme (4 units studied over 12 months), suitable for school business managers and aspiring school business managers working in primary, secondary or special schools and academies.
  2. Individual Level 4 DSBM online units in Finance, Procurement and Marketing, each a qualification in their own right, suitable for school business managers who wish to specialise in a particular field, or school business managers who already hold a CSBM or DSBM qualification seeking an update to learn from new content to meet the demands of an ever-changing school system.

Individual Unit offer

  • BPN are now extending our offer to include three individual units that are each linked to level 4 credits, provided by ILM.
  • These units are delivered online; however, they are not studied alone, in isolation. Units are interactive with other participants, online tutors and webinar support to assist along the way. Led by national experts, including the programme manager, Val Andrew, formerly at ASCL, each unit can be studied and assessed over a 6-month period, assessed through school-based tasks and an e-portfolio of evidence.
  • BPN believe these units will appeal to individuals who already hold CSBM or DSBM qualifications that were gained pre-2016, as these units are completely new (marketing and procurement) or significantly updated (finance).
  • BPN believe they will also appeal to individuals who work or wish to work within a specialist area, supporting more than one school.

Blended Learning Offer

  • You will see that BPN are re-launching the full blended Level 4 programme, this time with a 5% discount for members of the Institute for School Business Leaders (with whom BPN are now a ‘Learning Partner’) and also a 5% ‘early bird’ discount for those registering with us before the end of November 2018.
  • This new, updated programme will begin in the spring term, towards the end of February and into early March.

To register with BPN online please go to the following link:

Applicants completing their programme application

will be asked to identify the partner from a drop down list, and then to enter that partner’s ‘partner allocation code’.

The partner allocation code is: STHN-TSA

The partner name is listed as St Helens TSA

St Helens TSA- English CDP for 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 attached 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

In addition to the training listed below 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.

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 attached for further details)

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

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.

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):

Head Teacher Briefing – EYFS update

The St Helens TSA would like to offer all schools, across the NW to attend the following EYFS CPDL sessions:

Head Teacher Briefing – EYFS update

Focus: Bold beginnings document – looking at recommendations, OFSTED update, current landscape and reminders over effective provision. Delivered by: Hayley Wynne- EY2P

To take place on: Wednesday 5th December 2018, 9.30-12.30pm at The St Helens Chamber

Salisbury Street, Off Chalon Way, Saint Helens WA10 1FY.

Cost: FREE to all alliance schools and £50.00 per delegate for non-alliance schools.

EYFS Leadership Network- autumn term session based on summer term feedback will be:

  • To share updates on current national priorities within EYFS; including the findings from the ‘Bold beginnings’ document
  • To provide guidance on monitoring and improving the quality of early years provision, within:
    • Outcomes for Children
    • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
    • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
    • Leadership and Management

The focus for subsequent meetings will be determined based on need and national/local priorities. Please see attached full offer.

To take place on: Tuesday 13th Nov 2018 – 1pm to 4pm at Peter Street Centre, Peter Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 2EQ

Cost: £70 for Non Alliance members and £35 for Alliance members.

To reserve a place please contact:

Sarah Makin-

Paula Foster-

St Helens TSA- Primary Computing offer

The St Helens TSA in association with Mako education would like to offer all schools the chance to attend the following sessions:

  • Introduction to Film- Raising Literacy Attainment Through Film – Level One- Thursday 8th November, 9.00am – 3.00pm.
  • Filmmaking for Curricular Attainment- Thursday 22nd November, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Stop Motion Animation- Thursday 6th December, 9.00am – 3.00pm

All sessions will take place at St Helens TSA POD, St Mary and St Thomas’ CE Primary School, Barton Close, St Helens, WA10 2HS.


Target Audience: Computing SLs, Teachers and TAs with an interest/responsibility for computing.

Cost: £100.00 per delegate (Alliance members will receive a 25% discount off the session). This includes: all course materials, refreshments and a light lunch.

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

Sarah Makin (Senior Administrator TSA):

Paula Foster (Administrator):

Assessment in Foundation Subjects training

The St Helens TSA in association with ECM would like to invite all schools to: Assessment in Foundation subjects training.


A 2-hour Time2Train session for leaders at all levels to develop a whole school assessment approach to tracking progress and attainment of all pupils in foundation subjects in a Primary school.

By the end of the sessions you will:

  • have an updated picture of national assessment (progress and attainment) and the implications for accountability in Primary Schools;
  • have an opportunity to reflect upon your school’s own practice in assessment in the foundation subjects and to identify ways forward in light of national accountability measures;
  • have an opportunity to look at effective strategies and tools to take back to school to further develop your current school systems of tracking progress and attainment from Nursery to year 6 in the foundation subjects;
  • a secure understanding of the correct terminology for progress and attainment in order to make evaluative judgements of your own school data;
  • be able to make informed judgements about the progress and attainment of all pupils from their different starting points in school through the completion of a summary assessment document; and have written a succinct assessment summary for your middle leaders, governors and/or Trustees.

More information:  Assessment in Foundation Subjects

To take place on: Tuesday 30th October, 3.30pm-5.30pm at The World of Glass, St Helen’s, WA10 1BX

Cost: £75 + VAT per delegate

Course Leaders: Tim Nelson

To book a place please contact:

Helen Caunce

ECM Education School Liaison Manager

mob: 07736032375

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.