Monthly Archive: February 2016

Spring/Summer English training

The St Helens TSA will be offering the following English training this term:

English Subject Leaders network meeting- Day 2

The focus will be: Moderation- reading and writing, Including: using new performance descriptors and STA descriptors alongside school assessment resources. Ensuring consistency for all reported data. English updates and current thinking and a presentation from Lego innovation. Friday 26th February 2016, 9:00 – 12:00pm, Venue: The World of Glass, St Helens.

Teaching children test technique through high quality texts-

These sessions will assist children in becoming ‘test ready’ (links to the new reading tests). Teachers will have the chance to unpick the appendix and choose appropriate high quality text to prepare children effectively for the appropriate year group expectations in terms of GPS/Reading. These are year group based (see attached for dates/times and further details)

Writing Assessment without levels- A framework of progression- documents to support teacher assessment of writing.

Teachers will receive and have the chance to develop:

  • Exemplar materials to include: fiction/non-fiction/range of genres including specific grammar to be taught across each text type
  • Progression tracking documents to support teachers in making a judgement against ARE and identify next steps/gaps in learning.

These sessions are year group based, please see attached for further details.

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

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

Alliance members receive 25% of all training opportunities.

English SL network meetings are Free of Charge to all alliance members.

All sessions are led by Maddy Barnes, Maddy is an Assistant Headteacher . She is on the DfE Teacher Panel for Test Development. Maddy has provided high quality training on behalf of the St Helens TSA since April 2013. She is an experienced KS2 Reading, GPS and Level 6 marker. She regularly works for the DFE on the teacher panel for test development and has been a lead for future assessments there.

Maddy is an established author and series editor at Rising Stars (Skills Builders, GPS Practice Papers, NPE and Achieve) and provides insight training sessions for schools. She is a learning consultant and author for the BBC (written resource pack for Chris Evans 500 words competition, co-written scripts for online resource videos and material for GPS game shows). She is passionate about using real texts, including high quality picture books, to encourage all pupils to make progress.

If you wish to book on any of the following sessions please email/call Sarah Makin TSA Senior administrator: Sarah Makin (Senior Administrator TSA):  or telephone: 07803 202177.

For additional information regarding any of the training offers don’t hesitate in contacting- Lisa Bradshaw (Director of The St Helens Teaching School Alliance) or telephone: 01744 678010 / 01744 678190.


Spring 2016 Newsletter

NW Maths Hub 3- Led by the St Helens TSA

In July 2014 the DFE released information relating to 35 Maths Hubs which have been set up across the country in order to improve standards of maths education in all phases.

The St Helens Teaching Schools Alliance was designated as 1 of 35 Maths Hubs nationally. We are the only primary hub in the North West and one of only 6 primary hubs nationally.

Please see the NWMathshub3 Spring Newsletter 2016.

If you would like to find out more about the work of NW Maths Hub 3 please don’t hesitate in contacting: Lisa Bradshaw (Director of the TSA and NW Maths Hub 3) or Sarah Makin (TSA Administrator) alternatively call: 01744 678010/01744 678190 or 07803202177 (Sarah) 07803202176 (Lisa).

For more information visit our website: (follow the Maths hub link) or follow us on twitter- @SthelensTSA/ @NWmathshub3.

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

Kind regards,


Director of the St Helens TSA and National Maths Hub NW3

01744 678010/01744 678190