Monthly Archive: September 2018

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.