The spring term 2017 proved to be another successful and busy month for the SCITT and Teaching Schools:
School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
- Our new Head of Initial Teacher Education (ITE), Kathryn Gerrard, took up her new role having left Leeds Trinity University in February 2017. Kathryn will lead all aspects of our ITT provision, including the recruitment of high quality university graduates, quality assurance of the provision, and ensuring we’re compliant with NCTL and DfE course requirements.
- Our Head of ITE is working with the Lead Mentors to design the delivery programmes for each training pathway and to secure schools to deliver each aspect of both the subject and professional studies elements. This builds on schools’ proven track records to ensure the highest-quality, 100% school-led provision.
- Recruitment has picked up again after a quieter first half to the term (as with all providers). Many providers are reporting a reduction in applications this year and a reduction in the quality of candidates. We’re pleased with our recruitment and the quality of applicants. We’ve not, and won’t, reduce our expectations of applicants as this is not in the interest of our cohort of trainees or schools.
- Events for next years’ trainees to meet our current and previous trainees plus their induction event have been scheduled.
- Next years’ trainees are in contact with their ‘home’ school as part of their preparation for starting their training in September.
- A number of potential applicants are currently undertaking work experience in our partner schools with a view to applying later this year or next. We’re honest with applicants; if they are not ready to secure a training place now we don’t offer them one. Instead, we support them to develop as rapidly as possible through our strong partnership of schools in Bradford and Keighley.
- Having secured LA funding for our Aspiring Executive Headteacher Programme, we concluded the programme with Cohort 2. Twenty-four school leaders attended the highly-successful programme. Plans for a Cohort 3 are currently being discussed. A summary of the learning from the programme is available here.
- The need for an Aspiring Head of School/Headteacher Programme emerged from the Aspiring Executive Headteacher Programme. We secured DfE funding for the ‘Stepping Up’ programme to facilitate this. Cohort 1 of 23 leaders completed the programme in April 2017. At this time, only 5 of 66 places remain available (click here for details) across the hugely popular cohorts 2 (June/July 2017) and 3 (September/November 2017). In this programme, we support school leaders to consider the range of leadership models (click here for more information), the conditions needed for a successful headship, and they undertake a study visit to South London.
- The Emerging Middle Leaders Programme was successfully concluded by the facilitators, Bronte Academy Trust. Some of the leaders of this programme have gone on to use this as evidence to help them secure Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) designation.
- Our National Professional Qualification (NPQ) for Middle Leaders have two sessions remaining, whilst our NPQ for Senior Leaders have submitted their assessments. Some have already secured their award.
- This term we’ve worked with Carnegie Leaders to be named as a Lead School for the revised versions of NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH and the executive leaders programme. We await the outcome of our lengthy application. Our current facilitators are beginning to design the revisited programmes in anticipation of the outcome.
- Our April 2017-March 2018 Governor Training and Development Programme has been launched and the first events delivered. This is an innovative programme which gives all subscribing schools access to one in-house training session plus a programme of events held at Canterbury Nursery School.
- This term we secured £60,000 to fund school-to-school support for identified eligible schools. Each supported school has at least one supporting school working with them on their priority areas. Exceed SCITT sand Teaching Schools has appointed an independent (to the support) Quality Assurance Lead: a local headteacher and Local Leader of Education (LLE) to support the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the support. More details on how we quality assure support is available here.
- This term, we have designated four Local Leaders of Education (LLE). This is a recently acquired function of Teaching Schools. We’ve also designated a further ten Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) adding to our and multi-academy trusts’ capacity to support other schools. This designation recognises colleagues expertise and understanding of outstanding leadership and provides them with further provenance when engaging in school-to-school support.
- We’ve received a large number of commissions for Pupil Premium Reviews this term. These are led by our trained LLE and Pupil Premium Reviewer, Christabel Shepherd. We have further colleagues due to be trained in the summer term. Information on our reviews is available here.
- Exceed Academies Trust, subject to due diligence, will become the new sponsors of Appleton Academy in September 2017. We’re excited about this through-school joining our organisation.
- Farmham, Princeville, Haworth, Crossley Hall and Horton Park and Horton Grange primary schools’ collected awards at The T&A School Improvement Awards and Community Hearts Awards. Copthorne Primary School celebrated it’s 10th year as a school judged as “Outstanding”.
- Horton Park Primary School has been short-listed for the TES Primary School of the Year 2017. Fingers crossed for when the results are announced in June!
- The second cohort of our Teaching Reading Programme completed with participation in March. Our evaluations of this show significant impact, with schools demonstrating a significant impact on pupil outcomes through teacher assessments. Some schools have demonstrated a year on year improvement of over 50pp in the proportion of pupils achieving age related expectations. 39 schools participated in this programme.
- We continue to be the sole licence holder for Bar Modelling for Bradford’s primary schools, working in partnership with the White Rose Maths Hub. We continue to deliver twilight training sessions to schools. More information is available here.
- Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools presented at the Teaching Schools Summit Conference in April. A summary of the sessions key messages are available here (managing competition) and here (school improvement).
Research and development
- Last year Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools appointed a Research and Development Lead, Andrew Johnston. He has focused on the use of lesson study and joint practice development in Science teaching. This has demonstrated significant impact. We have used this, along with the wide range of research Copthorne Primary SChool has engaged with, to apply to become a Research School, supported and funded by the DfE, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Institute for Effective Education. We await the outcome of our application, having been shorted listed and interviewed recently. We hope to draw upon some of Appleton Academy’s good practice in research as part of our next steps.