Monthly Archive: November 2018

Leading a Mentally Healthy School – Two day training programme

The St Helens TSA would like to invite all schools to attend: Leading a Mentally Healthy School Two Day Training Programme

Leading a Mentally healthy school training modules have been funded by Health Education England (HEE) and created by the School Development Support Agency (SDSA) in partnership with an expert group of educational psychologists, education consultants and mental health organisations.

The course is aimed specifically at Senior Leaders and focuses on reflection of current provision and strategic planning to help develop a mentally healthy school.

Target audience: Deputy Head and Assistant HTs, SENDCOs and Well being leads.

Leading a Mentally Healthy School aims:

To enable and empower senior leaders to put mental health at the heart of strategic school improvement.

To equip senior leaders with practical and sustainable approaches that can be implemented on return to school.

Module Content: This course is about LEADERSHIP of a mentally healthy school.

Module 1 : Ethos, culture and strategic leadership

What is mental health?

Why have a whole school approach to mental health?

The importance of ethos and culture.

Strategic planning.

To take place on: Monday 21st January 2019, 9.30-3.30 at St Helens TSA POD, St Mary and St Thomas CE Primary School, Barton Close, St Helens, WA10 2HS.

Module 2: Policies and procedures for impact

Policies and leadership

Signs and Symptoms

Procedures for impact

To take place on: Tuesday 12th February 2019, 9.30-3.30 at St Helens TSA POD, St Mary and St Thomas CE Primary School, Barton Close, St Helens, WA10 2HS.

Linda Smith- SLE and Well Being Director will deliver the programme.

The cost of the entire programme is: £50 per delegate. This includes a light lunch and all course materials.

To book a place please contact:

Sarah Makin-

Paula Foster-

Mixed age group Mastery training

NW Maths Hub 3 would like to invite all schools from across the NW region to the following:

Mixed age group Mastery Training

Outcome of the training:

Know how to teach every maths concept on your part of the curriculum effectively for mastery to your mixed-year class.


Teachers of mixed year classes struggle to implement the same approaches to teaching mathematics for mastery that work in single year classes, however some teachers of mixed-year classes achieve stunning outcomes with their children including teaching all their part of the maths curriculum effectively, for mastery, to all their children. This training shares what they know and do.

During this hands-on workshop you will be shown how to teach each maths concept on your part of the curriculum for mastery, with a simple concrete, visual, abstract (CVA) approach. You will also be taught how expert teachers use advanced questioning techniques.  The training builds from what you already know (no good practice is replaced), ensuring any gaps in your pedagogical knowledge are identified and filled, and that you are better able to explain and defend good practice you already use. Particular attention is paid to ensuring that you understand the key insights some children fail to acquire and that you know how to teach in ways that ensure all children overcome their barriers to learning.  All other aspects of teaching for mastery are also explored and teachers are encouraged to raise questions about their particular context so that all their concerns can be properly addressed.

What the session will look like:

  • What does mathematics mastery look like in mixed year classes?
  • Why is a CVA approach more efficient and powerful than a textbook-led approach?
  • Which apparatus do I need and what should I do with it?
  • What else is involved in teaching maths for mastery?
  • What about my children who are miles behind?
  • How do I deal with the particular issues I’m facing in my classroom?

Training details:

Y5-6 training: Wednesday 16th Jan 2019- 9-3.30pm at 4 Piele Rd, Saint Helens WA11 0GR

Y3-4 training: Wednesday 23rd Jan 2019- 9-3.30pm at 4 Piele Rd, Saint Helens WA11 0GR

Y1-2 training: Monday 21st  Jan 2019- 9-3.30pm at 4 Piele Rd, Saint Helens WA11 0GR


A 25% discount will be given to alliance members.

Full day sessions: £150.00 include: Tea/coffee/biscuits/light lunch and all course resources.

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

Sarah Makin (Senior Administrator):

Paula Foster (Administrator):

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