Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance Annual Conference 2017

Venue: Taunton Racecourse
Date: Wednesday 26th April 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Address: Taunton Racecourse, Orchard Portman, Taunton


  • 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 (www.glp-e.org.uk), 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.

Please click the link below for the conference flyer:

  JCTSA Annual Conference 2017 (3.2 MiB, 160 hits)

The event price of £120 (non alliance member) or £80 (alliance member) per person will include refreshments and lunch.

Booking Conditions

  1. Safe receipt of your booking form will be acknowledged by email.
  2. Payment – you will be invoiced for the delegate fee which is £80 (non alliance member) or £120 (alliance member) per person.
  3. Substitute delegates – if you are unable to attend, a substitute may attend in your place but please inform us of any changes as soon as possible.
  4. Two weeks before the Conference you will receive joining instructions.  If you do not receive this information, please email jctsa@woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk
  5. Cancellation – If you do not attend on the day, or cancel on or after 18th April 2017 you will not be entitled to a refund.  Cancellations made between 27th March and 17th April 2017 will receive a 50% refund.  Cancellations made prior to 27th March 2017 will receive a full refund.

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.