Torch Teaching School Alliance

Welcome

We are delighted to welcome you to the Torch Teaching School Alliance. We are a partnership of over 25 multi-phase schools spread across the East Midlands, based at Toot Hill School, Bingham, who all share a common goal of continuous school improvement through collaboration.

The prime aim of our teaching school alliance can be distilled into two key targets:

We warmly invite you to consider joining us to help shape the future of our profession and the lives of the children we serve.

Our Services

Initial Teacher TrainingIntroduction | Information | News | Course

Introduction

Looking for a career in teaching?

If you want an interesting career where you can really make a difference to the lives of young people, why not train to be a teacher within one of the Toot Hill partnership of schools?

School Direct is a new route into teacher training which places high-quality graduate trainees in schools working alongside outstanding practitioners. Our School Direct Programme is accredited by The University of Nottingham and allows our trainees to follow a school-led programme leading to qualified teacher status and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Toot Hill is an outstanding, over-subscribed school in Nottinghamshire which is now recruiting graduates to train as teachers within our partnership of schools. We work exceptionally closely with a range of partner schools in both the primary and secondary sector, to develop the skills and competencies which underpin excellent classroom teaching. We already have a long standing reputation of outstanding classroom practice and excellent teacher training provision.

Our Toot Hill School Direct Programme will involve trainees spending four days per week (Monday to Thursday) at a placement school from within our partnership and one day per week at the University of Nottingham.  Following interviews we will discuss with successful applicants the most appropriate school for their needs and skills. 

We are currently accepting School Direct applications for 2017 and have 6 places for KS1/2. One place has already been taken.

For further information on School Direct and the application process, our partner schools and The University of Nottingham, please follow the links below:

Information

School Experience

Toot Hill School offers a variety of opportunities to people considering a career in education and are pleased to offer a week’s work experience or individual days for those interested in teaching, considering a career change or for anyone who has already applied for a place on a teacher training course.

It is vital to do work experience in a school as it is valued by all universities and schools securing Initial Teacher Training courses. Universities expect prospective teachers to spend time in schools prior to applying for a teacher course.

Toot Hill has allocated 4 weeks throughout the year for this type of experience:-

  • w/c 23 November 2015
  • w/c 1 February 2016
  • w/c 25 April 2016

A DBS is required by the individuals attending these School Experience Weeks.  The application process can take up to 8 weeks.

To qualify for a School Experience Week, attendance on a Taster Day is required, prior to the week commencing.

What you will receive:

  • An introduction to Toot Hill School and the community we teach.
  • Discussion into training routes.
  • A tour of the school.
  • A day in a life of a student – Track a pupil for the day.
  • An insight into being a tutor.
  • A week in a department of the subject you wish to teach, where you will get to observe.

We also have Taster Days available too:-

9 October 2015, 12 November 2015, 28 January 2016, 2 March 2016, 20 April 2016, 10 May 2016, 17 June 2016

 

Our April Teaching Experience week was a real success. We received some fabulous feedback and all the candidates left the week even more eager to join the teaching profession.

Here are a few testimonials we received:

 

"Very informative and a great way to get an insight into secondary school teaching."

Emma Websdale

 

"A really valuable and informative experience."

Josie Thorpe

 

"A really, useful, informative week with the chance to get as involved as you like in lessons/with the students and also current staff."

Joanna Smith

"A brilliant week, supported by very friendly and helpful staff, providing a huge amount of experience of how lessons are taught"

Tim Verrinder

“From the first day it has been fantastic; the staff were extremely welcoming and made us feel at home. They were incredibly enthusiastic and encouraging about training to be a teacher. It was clear they loved working with the children they taught.”

Laura Hewitt

“The experience was great; the staff were friendly and gave good tips and advice. I enjoyed observing the lessons, tracking a pupil and taking part in the group activities.”

Sofia Began

“It’s been an excellent week and has given me a lot of useful information regarding teaching. I have been able to observe different classes and get an insight into the different routes into teaching, The staff were really friendly and helpful”.

Kimberley Dale

“The staff were friendly and approachable. Students were polite and well behaved. A very enjoyable experience and would love to come back for more.”

Jodie Smith

“My first impression upon entering Toot Hill School was how friendly and welcoming everyone was. I was given a timetable for my day there and was able to sit in and observe a variety of lessons; all the teachers were open and willing to discuss the merits and downfalls of being a teacher with me which I found useful and informative. Students seemed to enjoy their lessons which was good to see,. At the end of day I was given a tour of the school by an extremely polite and informative pupil”.

Pip Harris

News

  • Area: ITT
  • Posted: 28/09/2015
Thinking About A Career In Teaching?

The Torch Teaching School Alliance is hosting "taster days" at Toot Hill School in Bingham, Nottinghamshire for graduates who may be thinking about a career in teaching.

The taster day will include:

  • An introduction to the different routes into teaching
  • A tour of the school
  • Lesson observations
  • A day in the life of a teacher: Question and answer session with newly or recently qualified teachers

The Taster Days will take place on:-

9 October 2015

12 November 2015

28 January 2016

2 March 2016

20 April 2016

10 May 2016

17 June 2016

If you're interested, please contact us.

News

  • Area: ITT
  • Posted: 28/09/2015
A Week's Work Experience

Toot Hill School are pleased to offer a week’s work experience for individuals in a career in teaching or for anyone who has already applied for a place on a teacher training course .

It is vital to do a week’s work experience in a school as it is valued by all universities and schools securing Initial Teacher training courses. Universities expect prospective teachers to spend time in schools prior to applying for a teacher course.

Toot Hill has allocated 3 weeks throughout the year for this type of experience.

What you will receive:

  • An introduction to Toot Hill School and the community we teach.
  • Discussion into training routes.
  • A tour of the school.
  • A day in a life of a student – Track a pupil for the day.
  • An insight into being a tutor.
  • A week in a department of the subject you wish to teach, where you will get to observe.

The dates are:

  • 23 November 2015
  • 1 February 2016
  • 25 April 2016

Please apply to http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience/sep.aspx

To enable you to attend a School Experience Week, you must have attended one of our Taster Days prior to the week.

If you would like to discuss this week in more detail please contact us.

Research and DevelopmentIntroduction | Information

Introduction

Local Hubs of Development and Improvement

One of the 'Big 6' areas for Teaching Schools is to be local hubs of development and improvement. One of the ways of doing this is by engaging in research and development. By doing this stronger links are created between the teaching profession and universities, helping to develop the academic standing of the teaching profession, to have a direct impact on educational outcomes for children.

Information

Closing the Gap: Test and Learn

The Torch TSA is currently involved in the "Closing the Gap: Test and Learn" Scheme. The goal is to help improve the evidence base for what works in closing the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils and also to promote robust research and development in schools.

We are one of 190 teaching school alliances, comprising 750 schools, who will be participating in the scheme over the next 2 years to test interventions that may help to close the attainment gap.

The interventions we will be testing are:

  • Numicon
  • Inference training
  • Growth mindsets and response to intervention

Contact us for more information.

School to School SupportIntroduction

Introduction

School to School Support

School leaders across the country have always recognised the value of working in collaboration with other schools and with the introduction of Teaching Schools, this process has been formalised. Teaching school alliances are allowing colleagues across schools and phases to share excellent practice, innovative ideas and support the improvement of schools.

The Torch Teaching School Alliance provides support to other schools in the following ways by sharing expertise to offer bespoke school based support both within and beyond our alliance using our NLEs (National Leaders of Education) We have within our alliance three primary NLEs and one secondary.

NLEs are outstanding head teachers or principals who, together with the staff in their schools (designated national support schools (NSS)), use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.

We also offer professional support and guidance for colleagues in the classroom. This could be light touch peer to peer support or support for leaders through the deployment of our Specialist Leaders of Education. Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context. See SLE for more details.

For more information please contact us.

Continuing Professional and Leadership DevelopmentIntroduction | Information | News | Course

Introduction

FREE: 10 Simple Physics Experiments for Key Stage 2, 3 and 4

FREE: 10 Simple Physics Experiments for KS 2, 3 and 4:

(part of Stimulating Physics Network)

12-2pm on Friday 2 December 2016

at the Suthers Bldg, Bingham

To register, please email amitchell@toothillschool.co.uk asap

Information

Leadership Curriculum

The leadership curriculum has been designed by the National College for School Leadership for leaders to access at all stages of their career to enable them to develop their professional knowledge, understanding and competence as leaders.

It also provides school leaders with opportunities to gain National College accredited leadership qualifications.

The Torch TSA is working with LEAD Academy Trust and Best Practice Network to offer Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications:

Information

Masters in Education

We work in partnership with the University of Nottingham to offer a Masters in Education. A new cohort started in 2015 and we welcome applicants from across our Alliance to join us to start in 2015. Contact us for more details.

Information

Best Practice Leadership Briefing Events

Best Practice have scheduled a series of online and face to face briefing events to take place across the next two months to support prospective Leadership Curriculum candidates.  The scheduled events include online briefings for the NPQML and NPQSL qualifications.  These take place on Tuesday evening (5/5/15).  In addition, we have briefings for candidates at both stages of applying for NPQH.  Initial application (Stage 1) briefings have been arranged both face to face and online and will be taking place over the next two weeks.  Stage 2 briefings, for candidates that have successfully completed their Gateway Assessment are online and run through to June.

If you are interested in attending one of these free briefings, places can be booked via http://www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/lc-briefing-eoi

News

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 16/05/2016
Directors Of Teaching Schools

This course has arisen from the recognition that there is no training on how to be an effective Director of a Teaching School Alliance; it is often assumed the skills, characteristics and strategies required are intrinsic.

This one day course will offer practical strategies to effectively direct the work of a Teaching School Alliance in view of the highly varied challenges this role offers in relation to local, regional and political contexts.  There will be specialist workshops related to each of the 'big 6' in addition to characteristcs required to be an effective system leader.  There will be an opportunity to network with other leaders and all delegates.

Course facilitated by Karen Strachan, Director to the Torch Teaching School Alliance.

News

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 22/10/2015
Gifted and Talented Network

This network group aims to collectively explore best practice in order to maximise potential and increase progression rates of G&T and more able students.  Led by our excellent SLE, Lynne Cullingworth, but steered over time by group members with occasional use of outside providers to explore T&L and opportunities.  The aim of the group is to open doors for cross phase interaction and work with both G&T leaders and children alike.

Development of key features of effective teaching and learning:

  • Developing students critical thinking skills and their own high level questions
  • Ensuring students know what outcomes look like for A/A* work
  • Developing independent learning and use of higher order questioning
  • Increasing students understanding and use of academic language
  • Using differentiation as a pedagogical tool for planning lessons to allow maximum engagement
  • Encouraging learning beyond the syllabus and linking learning to the real world
  • Transition activities (KS2 to 3 and KS3 to 4)
  • Enrichment programmes/Aim Higher/Extra Curricular/Summer School Activities
  • Developing mentoring/coaching programme

Time:  4.30pm - 6.00pm

Venue:   Toot Hill School, Bingham

News

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 22/10/2015
Aspiring Senior Leaders Training

A challenging, stimulating course ideal for Leaders who are ready to take the next step into senior leadership. The aim of this training course is to develop senior leadership competencies and to enhance knowledge of the 5 key areas of senior leadership (leading the organisation, leading teaching and learning, leading in the community, leading people and leading strategically). There will be analysis of theories relating to senior leadership with scenarios and activities to explore their application in a school context.

Facilitated by Karen Strachan, Director of Torch Teaching School Alliance. 

Course Dates: 18/11/15, 15/6/16, Day 3 tbc, Day 4 tbc

Venue: The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School

News

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 22/10/2015
Middle Leaders (Secondary/Primary) - Cohort 3

The TSA Middle Leaders course empowers middle leaders to be confident in leading teams to successful performance outcomes.  The course is delivered by experienced senior school leaders over a period of half a year.  The sessions combine the theories of leadership with real scenarios and techniques are developed in coaching, holding others to account and distributed leadership which evolves through a blended learning approach.

The programme is cross phase.

Course dates are: 19/11/15, 13/1/16, 10/3/16, 22/6/16

Venue: Toot Hill School, Bingham

News

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 28/09/2015
NPQML & NPQSL Training Courses - L.E.A.D.

NPQML & NPQSL registration.

Middle and Senior Leadership Training (National Professional Qualification) for small schools, full/partial funding available.

Our online registration form can be found via the following links:http://www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/leadership-curriculum-application-form

Course

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 26/09/2016
  • Course Date: 06/10/2016
  • Course Code: 0

Apply Now

RQT Primary Training (Cohort 1)

Thursday 6 Oct RQT Conference Day 1 (9am-12pm)
Thursday 20 Oct Twilight Training 1 (4-6pm)
Monday 6 Feb Twilight Training 2 (4-6pm)
Thursday 27 April Twilight Training 3 (4-6pm)
Tuesday 4 July RQT Conference Day 2 (9am-12pm)

Venue:
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£50 Special Introductory Offer

This course combines elements of Pedagogy, Leadership and Research to enable RQTs to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and begin to take responsibility for leading educational initiatives within their department. There will be an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from other schools to examine key areas of pedagogy that will impact on their ability to deliver consistently good to outstanding lessons. There will be an introduction to a research problem related to learning from the mistakes made during their NQT year that follows action based research protocols. These will be shared with their peers on the second conference day. Working as a Learning Triad, RQTs will take responsibility for the key areas of pedagogy explored through the twilights (Assessment for Learning, Planning for Learning, Behaviour for Learning, Differentiation, Dialogic Teaching and Learning Triads).

The course facilitator (Karen Strachan) has presented at annual Teaching School Summit and has facilitated the NPQSL and internal leadership courses that form part of a learning continuum offered to members of the Teaching School Alliance.

Course

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 20/09/2016
  • Course Date: 16/11/2016
  • Course Code: 0

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Effective Facilitation of Play

16th November 2016

Times:
9am-12pm (Outdoor Play)
1-4pm (Effective Facilitation of Play)

Venue: 
Birklands School, Mansfield

Cost:
£75 per half day

Facilitator – Helen Greensmith, Head Teacher at Robert Miles Infants School (Early Years Specialist)

Effective Facilitation of Play in the Early Years

Ever considered our interactions with the children and how they can be best used to promote progress and learning? This course will consider when the best time is to interact with children and how adults can promote learning whilst playing alongside them. It will also provide an opportunity to look at real examples and help practitioners develop effective feedback to pupils as they engage in play based activities.

Course

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 13/09/2016
  • Course Date: 22/09/2016
  • Course Code: 0

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Training for Cover Supervisors

Thursday 22 September 2016

Time:  9am–3pm

Venue:  The Suthers Building,Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£100 (non-TSA members)
£90 (TSA members)

A full day course designed to provide Cover Supervisors with the necessary skills to manage a classroom learning environment and support students in the absence of their class teacher.

Course

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 13/09/2016
  • Course Date: 23/09/2016
  • Course Code: 0

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Primary Subject Leader Training

Led by Tim Nelson (Focus Education)

Friday 23 September 2016

Time:  9am-3pm

Venue:  Meden School, Burns Lane, Warsop, Mansfield, Nottingham NG20 0QN

Cost:
£125 (TSA Members)
£135 (Non-TSA Members)

The aim of the day is to inform subject leaders about the latest educational challenges and developments so that they can confidently lead their subject.

To book on this course please contact Rachel Frater, School Administrator at Westdale Junior School on either 0115 9534707 or rfrater@westdale-jun.notts.sch.uk

Course

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 13/09/2016
  • Course Date: 04/10/2016
  • Course Code: 0

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Middle Leaders Training (Cohort 4)

Tuesday 4 October 2016
Tuesday 29 November 2016
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Tuesday 2 May 2017

Time:  9am–3pm

Venue: The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£600 (non-TSA members)
£550 (Early Bird offer — book by 20/09/16)
£550 (TSA members)
£500 (Early Bird offer — book by 20/09/16)

The TSA Middle Leaders Course empowers middle leaders to be confident in leading teams to successful performance outcomes. Sessions combine the theories of leadership with real scenarios and techniques are developed in coaching, holding others to account and distributed leadership which evolves through a blended learning approach.

Course

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 13/09/2016
  • Course Date: 07/12/2016
  • Course Code: 0

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Safer Recruitment in Education

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Time:  9-4.45pm

Venue:  Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£100 (TSA Members)
£90 (Early Bird Offer - book by 23/11/16)
£110 (Non-TSA Members)
£100 (Early Bird Offer - book by 23/11/16)

Schools and education settings have a duty to safeguard the children in their care. Implementing safer recruitment practices is an important aspect of fulfilling this obligation. This one-day workshop considers all aspects of safeguarding through recruitment and gives school staff recruiters the information and understanding they need to recruit safely and meet Ofsted requirements. Training will include:

  1. Safer recruitment and the wider context of safeguarding
  2. Features of a safer recruitment process
  3. Planning a safer recruitment process
  4. Making the right decisions: interview and selection
  5. Setting acceptable standards of behaviour
  6. Maintaining an ongoing culture of vigilance

The programme includes full participation and group discussions. An assessment is included at the end of each session, so participants must be prepared to complete the whole day. Participants will receive a record of attendance and a certificate confirming their performance during assessment. The course is facilitated by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and accredited by the Children’s Workforce Development Council.

Course

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 13/09/2016
  • Course Date: 30/11/2016
  • Course Code: 0

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Literacy Network

Wednesday 30 November 2016
Thursday 2 February 2017
Thursday 20 April 2017
Thursday 18 May 2017

Time:  4–6pm

Venue:  The Suthers Building, the Banks, Bingham

Cost:
£150 (non-TSA members)
£140 (TSA members)

The Literacy Network will provide an exciting opportunity to share innovative and creative strategies and best practice in order to develop and promote literacy, both cross phase and across the curriculum.

It will be led by Alison Millington (Literacy Co-ordinator) and will utilise external expertise to deliver workshops in the following areas: Grammar, Reading, Writing in Different Genres, and Teaching More Complex Texts.

A chance for you to strengthen relationships with colleagues who share your passion for improving literacy.

Course

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 13/09/2016
  • Course Date: 11/10/2016
  • Course Code: 0

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Middle Leaders Training (Cohort 5)

Tuesday 11 October 2016
Tuesday 17 January 2017
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Tuesday 13 June 2017

Time:  9am–3pm

Venue:  The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£600 (non-TSA members)
£550 (Early Bird offer — book by 27/09/16)
£550 (TSA members)
£500 (Early Bird offer — book by 27/09/16)

The TSA Middle Leaders Course empowers middle leaders to be confident in leading teams to successful performance outcomes. Sessions combine the theories of leadership with real scenarios and techniques are developed in coaching, holding others to account and distributed leadership which evolves through a blended learning approach.

Course

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 13/09/2016
  • Course Date: 01/11/2016
  • Course Code: 0

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Aspiring Senior Leaders Training (Cohort 2)

Tuesday 1 November 2016
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Tuesday 21 March 2017
Tuesday 23 May 2017

Time:  9am–3pm

Venue:  The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£550 (non-TSA members)
£500 (Early Bird offer - book by 18/10/16)
£500 (TSA members)
£450 (Early Bird offer - book by 18/10/16)

A challenging, stimulating course ideal for leaders who are ready to take the next step into senior leadership. The aim of this training course is to develop senior leadership competencies and to enhance knowledge of the five key areas of senior leadership (leading the organisation, leading teaching and learning, leading in the community, leading people, and leading strategically). There will be analysis of theories relating to senior leadership with scenarios and activities to explore their application in a school context.

Course

  • Area: CPD
  • Posted: 13/09/2016
  • Course Date: 09/11/2016
  • Course Code: 0

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Gifted and Talent Network

Wednesday 9 November 2016
Thursday 12 January 2017
Wednesday 15 March 2017
Wednesday 26 April 2017
Thursday 22 June 2017

Time:  4.30pm–6pm

Venue:  Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£150 (Non-TSA Members)
£140 (Non-TSA Members Early Bird Offer — book by 26/10/16)
£140 (TSA Members)
£125 (TSA Members Early Bird Offer — book by 26/10/16)

This network group aims to collectively explore best practice in order to maximise potential and increase progression rates of G&T and more able students. Led by our Specialist Leader of Education, Lynne Cullingworth, but steered over time by group members with occasional use of outside providers to explore T&L and opportunities. The aim of the group is to open doors for cross phase interaction and work with both G&T leaders and children alike.

Development of key features of effective teaching and learning:

• Developing students critical thinking skills and their own high level questions

• Ensuring students know what outcomes look like for A/A* work

• Developing independent learning and use of higher order questioning

• Increasing students understanding and use of academic language

• Using differentiation as a pedagogical tool for planning lessons to allow maximum engagement

• Encouraging learning beyond the syllabus and linking learning to the real world

• Transition activities (KS2 to 3 and KS3 to 4)

• Enrichment programmes/Aim Higher/Extra Curricular/Summer School activities

• Developing mentoring/coaching programmes

Specialist Leaders of EducationIntroduction | Information

Introduction

What are Specialist Leaders of Education?

One of the key roles of Teaching Schools is to collaborate and provide support to other schools. Central to this support are Specialist Leaders of Education.

An SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) is an excellent professional with a minimum of 2 years leadership expertise and a proven track record in a particular area, for example a subject specialism, Key Stage, CPD etc.

Their core role is to develop other leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. This type of school-to-school support deployment has benefits for all involved.

Each deployment will be tailor-made to meet the needs of the supported school and will usually involve coaching, mentoring or facilitation skills.

Teaching Schools are responsible for deploying SLEs and provide on-going support.

Information

Interested In Becoming An SLE?

The Torch Teaching School Alliance is currently recruiting SLEs in the following areas:

  • Primary: School Business and Financial Management
  • Primary: Leadership of Curriculum
  • Primary: Early Years achievement
  • Secondary: English
  • Secondary: Maths
  • Secondary: MFL
  • Secondary: Science
  • Secondary: G&T
  • Secondary: ITT
  • Secondary: ICT

If you are interested in becoming an SLE with the Torch Teaching School Alliance, you need to apply to the National College for Teaching and Leadership and name Torch as the teaching school you wish to work with. Guidance about applications is available on the National College website at: www.gov.uk/specialist-leaders-of-education-a-guide-for-potential-applicants

There are two parts to the application form: Part 1 is completed online and Part 2 is a Word document completed offline and uploaded electronically, by the referee, to Part 1.

Applicants will normally be asked to undertake some form of face-to-face activity as part of the assessment process at the teaching school, to enable them to demonstrate their interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills. This could be a presentation, group discussion and/or individual interview.

If successful, all newly designated SLEs attend a compulsory training day that will provide them with essential information about the role and will equip them with the tools and techniques needed for effective school-to-school support.

For more details please contact us.

News

16th May 2016: Directors Of Teaching SchoolsCPD

This course has arisen from the recognition that there is no training on how to be an effective Director of a Teaching School Alliance; it is often assumed the skills, characteristics and strategies required are intrinsic.

This one day course will offer practical strategies to effectively direct the work of a Teaching School Alliance in view of the highly varied challenges this role offers in relation to local, regional and political contexts.  There will be specialist workshops related to each of the 'big 6' in addition to characteristcs required to be an effective system leader.  There will be an opportunity to network with other leaders and all delegates.

Course facilitated by Karen Strachan, Director to the Torch Teaching School Alliance.

22nd October 2015: Gifted and Talented NetworkCPD

This network group aims to collectively explore best practice in order to maximise potential and increase progression rates of G&T and more able students.  Led by our excellent SLE, Lynne Cullingworth, but steered over time by group members with occasional use of outside providers to explore T&L and opportunities.  The aim of the group is to open doors for cross phase interaction and work with both G&T leaders and children alike.

Development of key features of effective teaching and learning:

  • Developing students critical thinking skills and their own high level questions
  • Ensuring students know what outcomes look like for A/A* work
  • Developing independent learning and use of higher order questioning
  • Increasing students understanding and use of academic language
  • Using differentiation as a pedagogical tool for planning lessons to allow maximum engagement
  • Encouraging learning beyond the syllabus and linking learning to the real world
  • Transition activities (KS2 to 3 and KS3 to 4)
  • Enrichment programmes/Aim Higher/Extra Curricular/Summer School Activities
  • Developing mentoring/coaching programme

Time:  4.30pm - 6.00pm

Venue:   Toot Hill School, Bingham

22nd October 2015: Aspiring Senior Leaders TrainingCPD

A challenging, stimulating course ideal for Leaders who are ready to take the next step into senior leadership. The aim of this training course is to develop senior leadership competencies and to enhance knowledge of the 5 key areas of senior leadership (leading the organisation, leading teaching and learning, leading in the community, leading people and leading strategically). There will be analysis of theories relating to senior leadership with scenarios and activities to explore their application in a school context.

Facilitated by Karen Strachan, Director of Torch Teaching School Alliance. 

Course Dates: 18/11/15, 15/6/16, Day 3 tbc, Day 4 tbc

Venue: The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School

22nd October 2015: Middle Leaders (Secondary/Primary) - Cohort 3CPD

The TSA Middle Leaders course empowers middle leaders to be confident in leading teams to successful performance outcomes.  The course is delivered by experienced senior school leaders over a period of half a year.  The sessions combine the theories of leadership with real scenarios and techniques are developed in coaching, holding others to account and distributed leadership which evolves through a blended learning approach.

The programme is cross phase.

Course dates are: 19/11/15, 13/1/16, 10/3/16, 22/6/16

Venue: Toot Hill School, Bingham

28th September 2015: Thinking About A Career In Teaching?ITT

The Torch Teaching School Alliance is hosting "taster days" at Toot Hill School in Bingham, Nottinghamshire for graduates who may be thinking about a career in teaching.

The taster day will include:

  • An introduction to the different routes into teaching
  • A tour of the school
  • Lesson observations
  • A day in the life of a teacher: Question and answer session with newly or recently qualified teachers

The Taster Days will take place on:-

9 October 2015

12 November 2015

28 January 2016

2 March 2016

20 April 2016

10 May 2016

17 June 2016

If you're interested, please contact us.

28th September 2015: A Week's Work ExperienceITT

Toot Hill School are pleased to offer a week’s work experience for individuals in a career in teaching or for anyone who has already applied for a place on a teacher training course .

It is vital to do a week’s work experience in a school as it is valued by all universities and schools securing Initial Teacher training courses. Universities expect prospective teachers to spend time in schools prior to applying for a teacher course.

Toot Hill has allocated 3 weeks throughout the year for this type of experience.

What you will receive:

  • An introduction to Toot Hill School and the community we teach.
  • Discussion into training routes.
  • A tour of the school.
  • A day in a life of a student – Track a pupil for the day.
  • An insight into being a tutor.
  • A week in a department of the subject you wish to teach, where you will get to observe.

The dates are:

  • 23 November 2015
  • 1 February 2016
  • 25 April 2016

Please apply to http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience/sep.aspx

To enable you to attend a School Experience Week, you must have attended one of our Taster Days prior to the week.

If you would like to discuss this week in more detail please contact us.

28th September 2015: NPQML & NPQSL Training Courses - L.E.A.D.CPD

NPQML & NPQSL registration.

Middle and Senior Leadership Training (National Professional Qualification) for small schools, full/partial funding available.

Our online registration form can be found via the following links:http://www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/leadership-curriculum-application-form

Courses

Apply NowRQT Primary Training (Cohort 1)

Thursday 6 Oct RQT Conference Day 1 (9am-12pm)
Thursday 20 Oct Twilight Training 1 (4-6pm)
Monday 6 Feb Twilight Training 2 (4-6pm)
Thursday 27 April Twilight Training 3 (4-6pm)
Tuesday 4 July RQT Conference Day 2 (9am-12pm)

Venue:
The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£50 Special Introductory Offer

This course combines elements of Pedagogy, Leadership and Research to enable RQTs to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses and begin to take responsibility for leading educational initiatives within their department. There will be an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from other schools to examine key areas of pedagogy that will impact on their ability to deliver consistently good to outstanding lessons. There will be an introduction to a research problem related to learning from the mistakes made during their NQT year that follows action based research protocols. These will be shared with their peers on the second conference day. Working as a Learning Triad, RQTs will take responsibility for the key areas of pedagogy explored through the twilights (Assessment for Learning, Planning for Learning, Behaviour for Learning, Differentiation, Dialogic Teaching and Learning Triads).

The course facilitator (Karen Strachan) has presented at annual Teaching School Summit and has facilitated the NPQSL and internal leadership courses that form part of a learning continuum offered to members of the Teaching School Alliance.

Apply NowEffective Facilitation of Play

16th November 2016

Times:
9am-12pm (Outdoor Play)
1-4pm (Effective Facilitation of Play)

Venue: 
Birklands School, Mansfield

Cost:
£75 per half day

Facilitator – Helen Greensmith, Head Teacher at Robert Miles Infants School (Early Years Specialist)

Effective Facilitation of Play in the Early Years

Ever considered our interactions with the children and how they can be best used to promote progress and learning? This course will consider when the best time is to interact with children and how adults can promote learning whilst playing alongside them. It will also provide an opportunity to look at real examples and help practitioners develop effective feedback to pupils as they engage in play based activities.

Apply NowTraining for Cover Supervisors

Thursday 22 September 2016

Time:  9am–3pm

Venue:  The Suthers Building,Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£100 (non-TSA members)
£90 (TSA members)

A full day course designed to provide Cover Supervisors with the necessary skills to manage a classroom learning environment and support students in the absence of their class teacher.

Apply NowPrimary Subject Leader Training

Led by Tim Nelson (Focus Education)

Friday 23 September 2016

Time:  9am-3pm

Venue:  Meden School, Burns Lane, Warsop, Mansfield, Nottingham NG20 0QN

Cost:
£125 (TSA Members)
£135 (Non-TSA Members)

The aim of the day is to inform subject leaders about the latest educational challenges and developments so that they can confidently lead their subject.

To book on this course please contact Rachel Frater, School Administrator at Westdale Junior School on either 0115 9534707 or rfrater@westdale-jun.notts.sch.uk

Apply NowMiddle Leaders Training (Cohort 4)

Tuesday 4 October 2016
Tuesday 29 November 2016
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Tuesday 2 May 2017

Time:  9am–3pm

Venue: The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£600 (non-TSA members)
£550 (Early Bird offer — book by 20/09/16)
£550 (TSA members)
£500 (Early Bird offer — book by 20/09/16)

The TSA Middle Leaders Course empowers middle leaders to be confident in leading teams to successful performance outcomes. Sessions combine the theories of leadership with real scenarios and techniques are developed in coaching, holding others to account and distributed leadership which evolves through a blended learning approach.

Apply NowSafer Recruitment in Education

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Time:  9-4.45pm

Venue:  Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£100 (TSA Members)
£90 (Early Bird Offer - book by 23/11/16)
£110 (Non-TSA Members)
£100 (Early Bird Offer - book by 23/11/16)

Schools and education settings have a duty to safeguard the children in their care. Implementing safer recruitment practices is an important aspect of fulfilling this obligation. This one-day workshop considers all aspects of safeguarding through recruitment and gives school staff recruiters the information and understanding they need to recruit safely and meet Ofsted requirements. Training will include:

  1. Safer recruitment and the wider context of safeguarding
  2. Features of a safer recruitment process
  3. Planning a safer recruitment process
  4. Making the right decisions: interview and selection
  5. Setting acceptable standards of behaviour
  6. Maintaining an ongoing culture of vigilance

The programme includes full participation and group discussions. An assessment is included at the end of each session, so participants must be prepared to complete the whole day. Participants will receive a record of attendance and a certificate confirming their performance during assessment. The course is facilitated by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and accredited by the Children’s Workforce Development Council.

Apply NowLiteracy Network

Wednesday 30 November 2016
Thursday 2 February 2017
Thursday 20 April 2017
Thursday 18 May 2017

Time:  4–6pm

Venue:  The Suthers Building, the Banks, Bingham

Cost:
£150 (non-TSA members)
£140 (TSA members)

The Literacy Network will provide an exciting opportunity to share innovative and creative strategies and best practice in order to develop and promote literacy, both cross phase and across the curriculum.

It will be led by Alison Millington (Literacy Co-ordinator) and will utilise external expertise to deliver workshops in the following areas: Grammar, Reading, Writing in Different Genres, and Teaching More Complex Texts.

A chance for you to strengthen relationships with colleagues who share your passion for improving literacy.

Apply NowMiddle Leaders Training (Cohort 5)

Tuesday 11 October 2016
Tuesday 17 January 2017
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Tuesday 13 June 2017

Time:  9am–3pm

Venue:  The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£600 (non-TSA members)
£550 (Early Bird offer — book by 27/09/16)
£550 (TSA members)
£500 (Early Bird offer — book by 27/09/16)

The TSA Middle Leaders Course empowers middle leaders to be confident in leading teams to successful performance outcomes. Sessions combine the theories of leadership with real scenarios and techniques are developed in coaching, holding others to account and distributed leadership which evolves through a blended learning approach.

Apply NowAspiring Senior Leaders Training (Cohort 2)

Tuesday 1 November 2016
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Tuesday 21 March 2017
Tuesday 23 May 2017

Time:  9am–3pm

Venue:  The Suthers Building, Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£550 (non-TSA members)
£500 (Early Bird offer - book by 18/10/16)
£500 (TSA members)
£450 (Early Bird offer - book by 18/10/16)

A challenging, stimulating course ideal for leaders who are ready to take the next step into senior leadership. The aim of this training course is to develop senior leadership competencies and to enhance knowledge of the five key areas of senior leadership (leading the organisation, leading teaching and learning, leading in the community, leading people, and leading strategically). There will be analysis of theories relating to senior leadership with scenarios and activities to explore their application in a school context.

Apply NowGifted and Talent Network

Wednesday 9 November 2016
Thursday 12 January 2017
Wednesday 15 March 2017
Wednesday 26 April 2017
Thursday 22 June 2017

Time:  4.30pm–6pm

Venue:  Toot Hill School, Bingham

Cost:
£150 (Non-TSA Members)
£140 (Non-TSA Members Early Bird Offer — book by 26/10/16)
£140 (TSA Members)
£125 (TSA Members Early Bird Offer — book by 26/10/16)

This network group aims to collectively explore best practice in order to maximise potential and increase progression rates of G&T and more able students. Led by our Specialist Leader of Education, Lynne Cullingworth, but steered over time by group members with occasional use of outside providers to explore T&L and opportunities. The aim of the group is to open doors for cross phase interaction and work with both G&T leaders and children alike.

Development of key features of effective teaching and learning:

• Developing students critical thinking skills and their own high level questions

• Ensuring students know what outcomes look like for A/A* work

• Developing independent learning and use of higher order questioning

• Increasing students understanding and use of academic language

• Using differentiation as a pedagogical tool for planning lessons to allow maximum engagement

• Encouraging learning beyond the syllabus and linking learning to the real world

• Transition activities (KS2 to 3 and KS3 to 4)

• Enrichment programmes/Aim Higher/Extra Curricular/Summer School activities

• Developing mentoring/coaching programmes

Our Alliance

What is a Teaching School?

Teaching schools are outstanding schools who take a lead role in the training and professional development of teachers and contribute to school improvement through collaborative school to school support.

There are six key areas:

  1. Initial Teacher Training
  2. Professional and Leadership Development
  3. Research and Development
  4. School to School support
  5. Deploying Specialist Leaders of Education
  6. Identifying and developing future leaders

If you would like to know more about teaching schools, please visit the NCTL website.

Our Partners

About Us

Rebecca Morgan Jones
School Direct / ITT Lead
Karen Strachan
Director of Torch Teaching School Alliance
Treena Philpotts
Torch TSA Development Lead

Contact Us

Torch Teaching School Alliance
c/o Toot Hill School
The Banks
Bingham
Nottingham NG13 8BL

01949 863 023

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