TSC SW conf ReviewThe South West Teaching Schools Council System Leaders Conference was held at Taunton Race Course on Wednesday 11th March 2015.

Click on the link below for the full Review.

  TSC SW Conference Review 2015 (7.4 MiB, 893 hits)

To view the Speakers and Showcase Session PowerPoint presentations, click on each individual link below:

  Brian Lightman (2.6 MiB, 700 hits)
  Jenny Blunden SS1 (709.2 KiB, 598 hits)
  Julian Pass SS2 (591.0 KiB, 756 hits)
  Nick Capstick SS4 (2.5 MiB, 776 hits)
  Simon Rea SS3 (1.5 MiB, 645 hits)
  Sir David Carter (416.6 KiB, 854 hits)
  The Mead Teaching School SW TS Conference (4.1 MiB, 638 hits)


Maths Hub LogoThe Woodroffe School is the Lead School for the Maths Hub Jurassic which extends from mid Devon to Wiltshire, some 900 schools. The country is divided into 32 hubs with four in the South West reaching from Gloucestershire to Cornwall. The hubs are a structure, within a school led system, for promoting and connecting different schools and organisations that aim to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics through collaborative CPD.

For more information visit the new Maths Hub Jurassic website or contact the Administrator Gilly Warr.

OTPThe Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance is offering its partner schools the opportunity to take part in the 2014/15 Outstanding Teacher Programme which is being run by Outstanding Facilitators Mark Cavill (Budmouth College) and Helen Whitehead (Marshwood Primary).

Click here for full details.

NCTLFive SLE interviews took place following the recent application round and the Alliance are pleased to announce that, following recommendations to the National College for Teaching and Leadership, all five have now been accepted.

Click here for information on all of the Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance SLEs.

Maths HubWe are delighted to report that we have been successful in our bid to become a National Maths Hub. There were 270 expressions of interest from across the country competing to take on the role and, following a rapid but complex application process, the final 30 has been announced.

Woodroffe will be named as the lead school but the intention is to ensure that leadership is quickly distributed across the region and that as many schools as possible become involved.

Ours was undoubtedly an exceptionally strong bid involving as it did six teaching school alliances, the South West Academic Trust (i.e. most of the grammar schools in the West Country), and the universities of Exeter, Southampton and Plymouth. We also have the strong support of Babcock, Devon, and Dorset LA.

The alliances involved are:

  • South West Academic Trust
  • Twynham Learning Alliance
  • Teaching Alliance of Dorset Special Schools
  • East Dorset Alliance
  • Poole Teaching School Alliance
  • Wessex Teaching School Alliance

The Maths Hub idea has been introduced at a frantic pace and this will continue up until the end of this term. There is a two-day introductory conference in Manchester on the 18th and 19th of June and a formal launch in London in July. An action plan has to be written before the end of term and the expectation is that the Hub begins work in September. This is a challenging timetable, to say the least.

Schools involved will take part in a range of local and national projects, the first of which is a second Shanghai exchange programme. The focus this time is on primary education and we will therefore need to find two primary colleagues prepared to host a Chinese teacher and to visit Shanghai.

The purpose of Maths Hubs has been expressed by the DfE and NCETM as a resolute focus on pupils’ maths outcomes:

  • improved levels of achievement
  • increased levels of participation
  • improved attitudes to learning
  • closing the gaps between groups

Maths Hubs will enable and will further develop:

  • school-led subject system-leadership
  • high impact collaboration and partnership
  • innovation in teaching and teacher development
  • effective use of specialist expertise and evidence

The Hub will cater for all schools and colleges that choose to seek support from the Maths Hub so that they become the “go to” source of support, expertise and collaboration for teachers and leaders. Depending on the region, there are likely to be 600+ schools/colleges in an area covered by a hub.
The structure of the Hubs will comprise:

A Lead School – Providing the visionary and co-ordinating leadership

Strategic partners – Working with the lead school to provide strategic leadership for the hubs

Operational partners – Further local leadership and specialist expertise to support the whole area.

There will be funding for the following key people:

A Maths lead:

  • An Expert practitioner with experience as a successful subject leader who is skilled in supporting collaboration

A Senior leader:

  • Someone skilled in building, facilitating and evaluating networks and partnerships

A Hub administrator:

  • To Manage communications, events and working groups

The bulk of the work will involve the following activities:

  • Teacher professional development
  • Leadership development
  • Development of schemes of work and resources
  • Pupil enrichment

This is a fantastic opportunity for the alliance and is certain to add to our rapidly developing portfolio of collaborative activities.

nvThe Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance are looking to recruit new Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) in the May 2014 application round.


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.

Who can apply?

You need to be an outstanding middle or senior school leader with a particular area of expertise and the capacity, skills and commitment to support others in similar positions in other schools.

What’s involved?

SLEs will develop the leadership capacity of individuals and teams in other schools, using coaching or facilitation support that draws on their knowledge and expertise in their specialist area.

Why should I apply?

You will use your skills to help other middle leaders develop their leadership skills. It serves as recognition of your skills and is a natural step towards senior leadership as you will be able to evidence the impact you have made in improving an individual or department.


There is no pre-defined time commitment for SLE work as models and types of deployment vary according to need and capacity. Designation is for four years, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria, after which you will be subject to a review of designation by the Alliance.


There is no cost to apply. Successful applicants will be entitled to some training through the National College for Teaching and Learning at no cost to their school.

“Being an SLE enables you to have a more varied job working in different schools with an active role in sharing and promoting good practice.  It challenges what you perceive as the norm to enable you to see where change and innovation is appropriate in different settings.”  Neil Vincent Head of Mathematics, The Woodroffe School, SLE Leadership of Curriculum and pupil achievement Maths

Click here for information on the specialisms required and how to apply.

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.