The Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools’ Alliance have been awarded a grant from the National College for Teaching and Leadership to conduct a Workload Challenge Research Project. The alliance will be looking to compare the collection and use of data by teachers and doctors with the aim of investigating whether some of the principles which underpin the medical profession’s approach can be helpfully applied to schools.
More details about the project and how to get involved will follow shortly but please do contact Laura Webb if you would like to know more.
The Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools’ Alliance annual conference – Learning Uncovered took place on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at Taunton Racecourse.
The event was attended by over 120 Head Teachers and members of their Senior Teams. The feedback from the conference has been excellent with all agreeing that the balance and speakers was perfect and we are looking forward to hosting the 2018 conference next year.
The Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools’ Alliance have now fully trained their most recently recruited SLEs. Click here for a full list of Alliance Specialist Leaders of Education.
During the last application round, the Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance interviewed and recruited over 20 new SLEs across a wide range of specialisms. Before the new cohort can be deployed, they will take part in a rigorous training programme.
Training Day 1
Tuesday 20 September 2016
The Woodroffe School, Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3LX
Training Day 2
Thursday 13 October 2016
The Gryphon School, Bristol Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4EQ
For more information on the alliance SLE programme or to find out about future application rounds, contact Nicola Payne or Laura Webb on 01297 442232.
We are delighted to welcome our new Teaching Schools Manager, Laura Webb. Laura will take over from Sarah Parsons in September. She brings a wealth of experience from the University of Exeter and has already spent a great deal of time getting to know how things work and where things are going.
The Role of the Subject Leader of Education
Teaching schools are responsible for the designation, brokering, deploying and quality assuring SLEs. SLEs will be outstanding senior or middle leaders for a minimum of two years and will have a particular area or areas of expertise. SLEs will have a successful track record of school improvement and will be expected to provide school-to-school support within their own and other schools.
- have excellent interpersonal skills
- be able to work sensitively and collaboratively with others
- have a commitment to outreach work
- understand what outstanding learning and teaching is
- understand what outstanding leadership practice in their own area of specialism(s) looks like
- have the ability to help other leaders to achieve it in their own context
SLEs may be commissioned to work in the following areas:
- continuing professional development: e.g. INSET, twilights, training days
- initial teacher training/NQT year
- school-based research and development work
- school improvement work
Support may be provided in the form of:
- Undertaking learning walks/observations
- Leading subject/departmental audits
- Coaching and mentoring
- One-to-one peer coaching
- Facilitated group support/training
- Data analysis
- Joint action planning
Impact of SLEs:
In their own school:
- an excellent form of continuing professional development for senior and middle leaders
- enhancing knowledge, skills and abilities to further improve their current role and influence others
- supporting schools’ internal succession planning strategies by enabling individuals to demonstrate that they are ready to step up to the next leadership level
- further developing skills such as coaching and mentoring to support colleagues in their own school
- re-energising and motivating both the SLE and, through dissemination of learning, other staff
- opportunity to share outstanding practice with colleagues
- learning about how different systems and contexts from the schools they support helps to develop practice back at their own setting.
To schools receiving support:
- peer-to-peer support and building leadership capacity delivered in a collaborative way
- partnership approach to developing local solutions, taking into account individual schools’ own circumstances
- embedding coaching and mentoring approaches that support sustainable change and improvement
- engaging with an outstanding expert with leadership skills in a particular field of practice who also understands current challenges, policy, best practice and local needs
- ensuring that staff feel empowered and have the skills, knowledge and understanding required to improve practice and in turn outcomes
- improved practice/systems are sustainable.
A fantastic opportunity to hear from: one of the world’s most prestigious educational speakers; senior representatives from NCTL, Ofsted and the DfE and outstanding speakers from the field.
The Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance are pleased to advise that the 2017/2018 School Direct application round will open on Tuesday 18 October 2016.
The alliance have secured 45 training placements across a number of subjects and Home schools. Click here for full information about the 2017/2018 application round.