Monthly Archive: October 2016

NPQH Gateway Applications

Best Practice Network are pleased to announce that the NPQH gateway application window is now open for Spring 2017.

NPQH Gateway Application Deadline is Friday 18th November at 4pm.

We are excited to be running the National Professional Qualification for Headship starting in the Spring term and are pleased to share below details of the application process:

  • Applicants must complete a written application with support from their Headteacher (or sponsor) and submit this to by no later than 4pm on Friday 18th November
  • Applications will be assessed by an external party and, following moderation, successful applicants will be informed by the end of December and put forward to start their NPQH in the new year
  • Where the outcome of a written application is inconclusive applicants will be interviewed to deem readiness
  • You can download guidance and the application form from

To support prospective applicants we are hosting two ‘NPQH: Submitting a Successful Application’ online briefing. Details, and a link to register, are below. If you are unable to attend the briefing live then please still register and we will ensure a recording is shared with you.

Thursday 20th October at 5.30pm – Register Here
To understand what makes our NPQH offer extraordinary and to hear first-hand the impact our training continues to have on leaders, their schools and pupil outcomes, please visit our website.
The Outstanding Leaders Partnership is proud to offer 40 scholarships worth £300 to support trainee heads on NPQH. The scholarships will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first come first served basis and will reduce the course fee to £1,950.
Click here to download the application form and apply for your place on NPQH starting in the Spring term.


The St Helens TSA in association with the ECC team at Edge Hill University, is offering 1stClass@Writing this is a new, highly motivating and effective intervention for pupils mainly in Years 3 to 5 who have fallen behind at writing. A trained teaching assistant helps them to make faster progress so that they can catch up with their peers.


A teaching assistant delivers 60 stimulating and motivating 40- minute lessons to a group of up to 4 pupils, 4 times a week, in addition to their daily class lessons. The pupils develop key skills of spelling, handwriting, grammar, and punctuation in order to complete daily writing tasks bound up with the thematic adventure stories. They develop their composition and editing skills through a balance of supported ‘one-liners’ and sustained, independent writing. It all comes ‘ready-made’ with detailed plans and comprehensive resources. The TA is supported by a senior teacher in the school who acts as a Link Teacher.


The Dragon Hunters focuses on Year 4 children. These sessions will run on the following dates/times:

Day 1-Wednesday 18th January 2017 9am-4pm Lead Teacher & TA

Day 2-Wednesday 22nd February 2017 9am-4pm Lead Teacher & TA

Day 3-Wednesday 5th April 2017 9am-4pm Lead Teacher & TA


Venue for all three sessions:

St Helens Teaching School Training Centre, St Mary and St Thomas’ CE Primary, Barton Close, St Helens, WA10 2HS


The cost of the whole package is: £695.00

(includes Teacher/TA places for ALL 3 days, all course materials and refreshments)


Target audience: Year 4 teachers, TAs, intervention teacher and SENDCOs.


Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Resources are ordered in advance of the session. If you would like to book a place please email:


Please see attached information of all intervention programmes on offer this year.

English Training Programme for Autumn 2016-17

The St Helens Teaching School Alliance English Training Programme for Autumn 2016-17; 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:

  • GaPS at KS1 and 2 (all teachers and support staff)- Starting Friday 4th November
  • Spelling at KS1 and 2  (all teachers and support staff)- Starting Thursday 24th November
  • Moderation and standardisation of writing- Year 1-6 (all teachers and support staff)- Starting Friday 25th November
  • 1stClass@Writing– is a new, highly motivating and effective intervention for pupils mainly in Years 3 to 5 who have fallen behind at writing. A trained teaching assistant helps them to make faster progress so that they can catch up with their peers- Year 4 Dragon Hunters.

St Helens TSA English CPD 2016-17

TA CPD Schedule 2016-17-autumn-term

In addition to the training listed below we are continuing the termly English subject leader meetings.

These sessions will focus on:

  • Implications for teaching to prepare for 2017
  • Focus on reading– What do the exemplification materials for reading tell us?
  • Creating reading question mats, CLIMBs linked to high quality texts, resources produced by the St Helens teaching school partnership for all teachers. In addition to Identifying high quality texts specific to each year group
  • Visit to Madeline Lindley- view high quality text and work with experts
  • Visit from an author- Steve Antony (The Queens Hat)– English SL day 2!
  • Subject knowledge enhancement including supporting other staff.
  • National Updates on current thinking and the new testing regime.

Literacy SL Network 2016-17

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, Maddy is an experienced teacher and Assistant Head in a school in Manchester. She is on the DfE Teacher Panel for Test Development. Maddy is an experienced KS2 Reading, GPS and Level 6 marker. She is an established author and series editor at Rising Stars (Skills Builders, GPS Practice Papers, NPE and Achieve). She is passionate about using real texts, including high quality picture books, to encourage all pupils to make progress. Maddy has worked with the St Helens TSA since becoming a Teaching school in April 2013 providing high quality training for teaching and non-teaching staff.

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 call: 01744 678010.

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

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

EYFS Leadership Network

The St Helens TSA are pleased to announce the Bespoke EYFS Leadership network; led by Hayley Wynn (EY2P)NEW for 2016. Hayley delivered a key note at the Head Teachers annual conference in the summer. As requested, we have put together termly meetings for all EYFS practitioners and leads (please see pen portrait attached).

The termly meetings will be held on:

Monday 14th November – 1pm to 4pm. We have delayed the first meeting to include DFE updates which normally come out mid/end of Oct

Monday 6th February – 1pm to 4pm.

Monday 19th June – 1pm to 4pm.

Venues will be confirmed once you have booked a place.

The focus of the autumn term meeting will be:

  • Updates on current national priorities within EYFS
  • Raising attainment across EYFS through quality teaching and learning indoors.
  • Developing quality environments: literacy environment with purposeful reading and writing opportunities, mathematical environment with purposeful number and SSM opportunities and environment with ‘challenges’ that support and extend child initiated learning.

The focus for subsequent meetings will be determined based on need and national/local priorities.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place please contact:

NQT/RQT Conference

We would like to invite you to ‘The St Helens TSA – NQT/RQT Conference’ – Making the most out of your 1st Year!

The conference will take place on: Tuesday 15th November 2016, 8.45-3.30pm at The World of Glass, St Helens.

Agenda for the day is as follows…

8.45am: Arrival and Coffee
9.00am: Welcome and introductions- Lisa Bradshaw, Director of Teaching School Alliance
9.15-10.45am: Behaviour Management Strategies – Jason Bangbala, Behavioural expert

10.45-11.00am: Break

11.00-12.30pm: Mathematics- Raising the bar! – Tara Loughran, mathematics consultant.

12.30-13.15pm: Lunch and networking

13.15-14.30pm: Liverpool Hope University- Learning to lead in your classroom and beyond: Sue Cronin, Lead tutor.

14.30-14.45pm: Break

14.45-15.30pm: English- Raised Expectations – Maddy Barnes, English SLE
15.30pm: Q+A session and networking

To reserve a place at the event please contact:


In addition to the conference we offer a full primary programme including weekly training opportunities, please see the programme attached.