Proposal to offer 5 schools the opportunity to support our funding application to create a series of Documentaries on Coastal Erosion relevant to their local area.

These attachments are teaching materials that Woodroffe’s ex Head of Geography Jim Thomas has produced to support the documentary film made by the 6th formers at Woodroffe School.

  Coastal Management & Regeneration Project Flyer (368.5 KiB, 37 hits)

  Is Erosion Good or Bad for Lyme Regis? (307.7 KiB, 73 hits)

  Lyme Coastal Management (488.5 KiB, 56 hits)

  Possible Sites for Future Filming Projects with Local Schools (295.7 KiB, 31 hits)

  Possible Filming Projects Summary (PowerPoint) (1.0 MiB, 30 hits)

  Possible Filming Projects Summary (180.6 KiB, 20 hits)

The original film is 20 mins long and can be viewed on: YouTube – Coastal Erosion in Lyme Regis. However for different audiences we have made an 8 min version and a 5 minute version – the 5 min version is available below.

If you would like more information about being involved in our project please contact

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.

jctsa_learninguncovered-blueJurassic Coast Teaching Schools’ Alliance annual conference – Learning Uncovered
Wednesday 26 April 2017

£120 per delegate – non alliance members
£80 per delegate – alliance members

Click here to book your place


9am Arrive (tea and coffee on arrival)
9.30am Welcome by Dr Richard Steward, JCTSA Chair
9.45am David Didau, The Learning Spy
11am Break
11.30 Dr Jennifer Blunden, CEO at Truro and Penwith Academy Trust and TSC member
12pm Bradley Simmons, Regional Director South West, Ofsted
1pm Lunch
2pm Breakout sessions (see below)
2.45pm Comfort break
2.50pm Matt Parker, Stand Up Maths Comedian
3.45pm Plenary, Laura Webb, JCTSA Manager
4pm Finish

Breakout Sessions

BOS1 Sharing of Innovative Teaching and Learning

From the Global Goals to Globalisation: why and how global learning and the Global Learning Programme is enhancing learning and innovative teaching across the South West.

Session Presenters:
Dr Harriet Marshall, Global Learning Programme
Mr Mustafa Shaikh, South Dartmoor Community College

This session is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about how global learning is enhancing learning and creating spaces for innovative practice in schools. Over 5,500 schools in England have registered on the government-funded Global Learning Programme (, many from the South West.

Global Learning is being interpreted in many ways. We will share case studies of practice and impact, including activities in South Dartmoor Community College and its neighbouring schools who have run successful ‘Global Awareness Days’ and ‘Refugee’ themed activities. The session will also be of interest to those wanting to find out more about globally themed CPD, KS2 KS3 transition, and school-networking.

BOS2 Workload Reduction Research Grant

Innovative interdisciplinary research project to investigate whether some of the principles which underpin the medical profession’s approach to using data can be applied in schools.

Session Presenters:
Ms Laura Webb, Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance Manager
Dr Karen Mattick, Professor of Medical Education, University of Exeter

This session will give an overview of the Workload Challenge Project. The aim of the project is for the research to lead to a reduction in the participant teachers’ workloads by empowering them to do something different in their approach to data within their schools.

The session will look at the findings mid-way through the six month project and look at how it can reach its ultimate goal – to foster an atmosphere where data motivates change.

BOS3 Making Progress ‘Stick’

How can we use cognitive science to make learning durable?

Session Presenters:
Rachel Brown, Challenge Coordinator and Teacher of History, The Woodroffe School
Edel Keaney, Challenge Coordinator and Teacher of Geography, The Woodroffe School

This session looks at how teachers can utilise cognitive science to increase the ‘stickability’ of learning. The application of cognitive science to education is of increasing interest to teachers, for example with the work of Daniel Willingham, Peter Brown, and Benedict Carey. At the Woodroffe School we have been exploring differing approaches on how to incorporate retrieval, spaced practice, interleaving and generation into our teaching; this session aims to explore these strategies and share examples of best practice from a range of subjects.

BOS4 Research in Driving Approaches to Assessment

Multiple choice questions – A) Use regularly B) Never use C) Consider more carefully
Using research to underpin more rigorous assessment

Session Presenters:
Stuart Roper, Holyrood Academy

This session is aimed at those who wish to re-consider the rigour of their assessment planning through testing that is truly formative. The session draws on a body of literature that includes the most recent publication from Daisy Christodoulou ‘Making Good Progress?’

BOS5 The First 100 Days of Headship

Overview from the new Head of School at Axe Valley Academy and the integration of the new Academy

Session Presenters:
Steve Green, Head of School, Axe Valley Academy

As a concept, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous ‘First 100 Days’ has been taken up by a range of authors on leadership and has recently been ‘Trumped’ by the discussion regarding the building of a wall between Mexico and the US. There is no doubt however that the first few months of a new headship are pivotal to its long term success. In this session I will be presenting a personal and candid summary of the highlights and challenges for a new Headteacher in a rapidly changing educational landscape. I will explain what I have learnt and discuss the strategies that I have employed to become established in a new school. This session is aimed at anyone who may be considering headship in the future and might also be of interest to those embarking on partnership working, converting to academy status or becoming part of an emerging multi academy trust.

BOS6 Editing and Feedback for Improving Writing

Innovative findings for improving primary aged children’s ability to edit their own writing.

Session Presenters:
Jeremy Handscomb, Head of School, Castle Primary School

This session is aimed at anyone seeking to find a more manageable way to provide children with effective feedback in English whilst reducing teacher workload and written marking. In March 2016, the DfE published the initial findings of the working review group on reducing teacher workload around marking. The Redstart Learning Partnership have been trialling new ways to improve children’s ability to edit their own writing, whilst seeking to find quick, easy and effective ways to mark children’s work. Online feedback has been trialled for children in Year 5/6 and the initial results have been very promising.

TrioThe 2017/18 teacher training application round is now open. The Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools’ Alliance are pleased to offer a number of School Direct (fee paying) training placements across a number of Home schools. Click here for full information.

logoThe Jurassic Coast Teaching schools Alliance are delighted to be part of the Future Teaching Scholars Programme, which is an exciting new and challenging route into teaching. It is a six-year, full-time programme which comprises:

  • three years of undergraduate study
  • one year in postgraduate employment-based teacher training
  • two further years employed as a maths or physics teacher

Throughout the programme, Future Teaching Scholars will have access to subject-specific and teacher development opportunities delivered by outstanding teaching schools, the central programme team and invited guests. During the six-year programme you will experience teaching in a wide variety of schools – including some which are more challenging. You will also participate in research projects and be able to access the Future Teaching Scholars network and web portal.

Future Teaching Scholars National Conference – 15 and 16 September 2016
  Conference_Programme.pdf (488.4 KiB, 76 hits)




IsobelDo you want to get into Teaching? Why not train locally?

The Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance (JCTSA) has closed its 2015/2016 application round for fee paying PGCE training opportunities through School Direct .

We will publish subjects and Home schools for the 2016/17 round in September 2015.