Monthly Archive: May 2016

National Professional Qualifications for Middle and Senior Leadership (NPQML/NPQSL)

The St Helens TSA has successfully run NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders) and NPQSL (Senior Leadership) in St Helens for 2 years, this is supported by the Best Practice Network. So far we have trained 96 delegates from across all phases. Delegates have come from settings across St Helens, Wigan, Warrington, Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, Salford, Widnes and Manchester.

The face to face sessions, delivered by serving Head Teachers from St Helens (and surrounding areas) has proven to be the most positive aspect of the course with 100% of candidates stating they would recommend the training to a colleague.

We are now recruiting for our Autumn 2016 intake of the National Professional Qualifications for Middle and Senior Leadership. The registration deadline is Friday 16th September.

Please see attached further information, outlining the application criteria and how to apply.

If you are applying and wish to complete the Face to Face sessions in St Helens with facilitators from The St Helens TSA then please indicate on your application form.

For further information, details are also on the following link:

The St Helens TSA is holding a free leadership briefing on Friday 8th July, 2-3.30pm at St Mary and St Thomas’ CE Primary School, Barton Close, WA10 2HS. The session will provide further details about both programmes. It is also an opportunity to ask Yvonne Gandy, Best Practice Network, questions about each programme. If you would like to attend the briefing then please reserve a place by contacting or or alternatively call 01744 678010 or 07446463250

Please note: Following the National College funding announcements OLP have revised the delivery models to ensure candidates benefit from funded final assessment and reduced course fees.

If you have any questions about the qualifications please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Bradshaw or Beth Collins (Recruitment and Candidate Support Coordinator at OLP) on 0117 920 9424

Inspirational Leadership Conference

The St Helens TSA would like to invite all Head Teachers, Senior Leaders and Governors to a one day Leadership Conference:

 ‘Inspirational Leadership’- visible learning.

The conference will be held on: Tuesday 21st June, 8.45am – 4.00pm at Houghwood Golf Club (please see agenda below for further details).

Throughout the day key note speeches will be made from a range of high quality inspirational speakers, informing school leaders and Governors about the changing landscape of education (please see pen portraits below).

The full day’s conference is £150.00 (this includes 2 places) and is FREE of charge for all Alliance schools. Tea/coffee/biscuits/lunch and all materials will also be provided.

If you would like to reserve a place at the conference please email: Sarah Makin, TSA Administrator: or call 07446 446418 / 01744 678010

All places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

For any further queries about the Leadership Conference or if you are interested in becoming an Alliance member and qualifying for any future discounts, please don’t hesitate in contacting Lisa Bradshaw:  | 01744 678010  |  07446 463250

Agenda- HT conference JUNE 2016
Ruth Agnew pen portrait
Martin Morgan pen portrait
Hayley Wynne pen portrait

Teaching for Mastery Work Groups

In 2016-17, all Maths Hubs will be running primary mathematics Teaching for Mastery Work Groups led by Mastery Specialists. Each Maths Hub is now seeking to recruit schools for four Work Groups, each involving six schools (i.e. 24 schools per Maths Hub). This document gives information about the Work Groups and how schools can apply to be involved.

Expectations of participating schools

Schools chosen to participate in the Work Group commit to the following expectations:

•             The lead teachers will participate in the half-termly, cross-school Work Group meetings with the Mastery Specialist (half-days) and contribute to the online community

•             The lead teachers will receive a minimum of 10 (combined) days release time for development work including the above meetings

•             The head teacher will meet with the Mastery Specialist and the Maths Hub’s leadership as well as working with the other Work Group school head teachers

•             The school will seek to introduce teaching for mastery approaches across the school and establish TRG professional development models to support teacher development

•             The school will provide any reports required by the Maths Hub and participate in any evaluation processes required


There is no charge to schools participating in the Work Group. Each school will receive a £1000 grant towards the cost of the required teacher release time.

How to apply

Schools interested in applying to be part of a Work Group in 2016-17 should complete the application form below and submit to your Maths Hub by the closing date: Wednesday 8th June 2016.

Download Teaching for Master Work Group Information and application 2016-17 for further information.

Kind regards,

Lisa Bradshaw

Director of the St Helens TSA and National Maths Hub NW3

01744 678010/07446463250