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Our January 2018 Newsletter

The Kite TSA Cambridge January Newsletter

NQT Conference

NQT CPD Professional Development Conference at the Faculty of Education

Friday 16th March 2018

There are places available for an inspiring day of CPD especially for NQTs in March 2018

Places are open to all NQTs nationwide, not just Cambridge based.

This is a great opportunity to undertake high quality professional development as well as to share your experiences mid-way through the first year of teaching. The conference features a keynote talks from Dr Rob Loe – a former PGCE trainee, now Executive Director of Relational Schools and Dr Jon Simons – a Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Cambridge. During the conference you will have a wide range of workshops to choose from during which we hope you will be able to reflect on your decision to become a teacher and gain creative and critical ideas to contribute to ongoing development in your schools.

Fee: £145 per teacher

Booking and Payment You or your school can book directly via Cambridge University esales – our online credit card payment system This is our preferred booking and payment method. If your school office can not make card payments then you can request for an invoice to be sent to your school, please do this by emailing Lisa

You will be asked to select your workshop choices, this is required at the time of booking – please view workshop choices on the conference flyer.

For more info:

Please direct all booking queries to Lisa

Mayfield Headteacher
Headteacher Vacancy

The Governors of Mayfield Primary School invite applications for the post of Headteacher of this dynamic and flourishing school in the city of Cambridge. The post arises on the retirement of a long-serving and very successful head.

Seeking a wise, skilled and versatile leader with the vision and drive to take the school through its next phase of development. The successful candidate will be a strong and collegiate leader committed to the highest educational standards within an inclusive and diverse school.

Previous experience of senior management and a proven track record of educational improvement are essential.

For further details and to apply online please download the pack and application form below.

Preliminary visits to the school can be arranged by telephone in the weeks beginning 8th and 15th January; please see the information pack for details.

Closing date for applications: 9.00 a.m. Monday 22nd January, 2018.
Interviews: Wednesday 31st January and Thursday 1st February, 2018

Click here for full details

Train to Teach Early Years

Cambridge Early Years Teaching School Alliance has announced that applications for September 2018 places on its School-Centred Initial Teacher Training programme are now open.

Now in its third year, this course is a fantastic opportunity to become an outstanding teacher (with Qualified Teacher Status awarded by Birmingham City University) within Early Years and Key Stage 1.

CEYTSA tutors and mentors will provide you with the relevant knowledge, skills and experience to enable you to inspire an educate the youngest children in schools.

Apply now for Sept 2018

UCAS provider code 271

Cambridge Early Years SCITT 2018


Cambridge Mathematics
Cambridge Mathematics – Espresso Posts

Every month Cambridge Mathematics brings you an Espresso Post  – a small but intense draught of filtered research on mathematics education, expressly designed with teachers in mind. Each Espresso considers one particular issue in mathematics education, and how the latest good-quality research can provide helpful guidance or further reading. Perfect with a biscuit; sip gently and combine with a drop of professional judgement for a benevolent stimulant effect.

Click here to view past and current posts.

November Newsletter

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Aspire to Headship - Keynote Speaker
Aspire to Headship Conference


Date: 8th Feb 2018 – 9:30am to 4:15pm

Venue: The Rowley Mile Conference Centre, Newmarket, CB8 0TF

A conference for aspiring primary, secondary and special school leaders. Free to attend with a £200 bursary towards travel and supply costs for delegates from small schools (100 pupils or fewer). Open to all schools in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough, and Suffolk.

Click here to book

Aspire to Headship 2018 Flyer


Writing at Greater Depth in Year 6 Programme

This programme will focus on what ‘working at great depth’ in Year 6 could look like for writing in the classroom. Using statements from the NEW Teacher Assessment Framework in conjunction with the published writing exemplars, participants will explore each statement in turn and will be provided with detailed guidance on the sorts of evidence that would support a judgement at this standard.

Participants will…

  •  Gain confidence assessing whether writing meets the ‘Greater Depth’ standard
  • Discuss examples of work and explore what makes good writing evidence
  • Consider how to use secure the learning required (in the time left) and help pupils demonstrate it in their workExplore writing opportunities and texts that are well-placed to provide good evidence

Session 1 – Monday 4th December 2017 9:00-16:00

    A full day to explore writing content domains and associated subject knowledge and pedagogy for securing the best possible outcomes against the new KS2 Assessment Framework. High quality texts, dialogue, instruction and deliberate practice will be core features of the approaches to be shared.

Session 2 – Monday 19th March 2018 13:00-16:00

A half day to share outcomes from the learning embedded during session one and review progress towards statutory expectations in the KS2 2017-2018 Assessment Framework. Work samples and the associated discussion will be used to formulate plans for the next interval. There will an opportunity for the group and individuals to seek advice on targets, next steps, text types and units that best match pupil needs.

Session 3 – Monday 4th June 2018 13:00-16:00

The final half day is final get together to consolidate and reflect on the strategies employed and outcomes achieved since the course began. It will also be an opportunity to peer review the collated work samples.

About the Facilitator, Martin Galway:

Martin is an experienced teacher, leading teacher and English subject leader, Martin draws upon over a decade of experience as a trainer and coach.  He has a proven track record in supporting teachers and subject leaders in developing their practice within their schools.    

Venue: The Spinney Primary School, Cambridge, CB1 9PB

Cost: £300

Facilitator: Martin Galway



Research Paper of the Month

a benchmark for the skills for tomorrow

The Ecomomist – Worldwide Educating for the Future Index

Executive Summary

The rapid development of digital technology and the globalised nature of economic systems are creating an entirely new set of educational challenges for the world to adapt to. The workers of the future will need to master a suite of adaptable interpersonal, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and navigate an increasingly digital and automated world. This paper presents the results of the first Worldwide Educating for the Future Index , which was created to evaluate the extent to which education systems inculcate such “future skills”.

The main findings are;

1.Too many governments are not doing enough to prepare millions of young people for seismic changes in work and life.

Millions of young people are not being taught effective and relevant skills, leaving them unprepared for the complex challenges of the 21st century. The performance of various economies in the index indicates substantial room for improvement. Although in general, richer economies do better, many struggle to beat the average, suggesting that more can and should be done.

  1. Crucial areas such as project-based learning and global citizenship are being widely ignored.

It is not enough to simply teach traditional subjects well. Education systems need to adopt new approaches that help students learn skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and awareness of global concerns like climate change. Yet only 17 out of the 35 economies indexed offer any kind of assessment framework to test global citizenship skills, and only 15 evaluate project-based learning to some degree.

  1. Policy needs to be complemented by a pool of talented teachers well-equipped to guide students in gaining future skills.

An effective system must be built on resourceful and highly capable teachers, who are willing and able to tackle the challenges of preparing students for an ever-evolving and complex future. The index suggests that important strides are already being taken in this area: in most markets, teaching modules stress the importance of future skills to at least some extent. Teacher training is also a particular bright spot: nearly half of the economies surveyed demand teachers hold bachelor’s degrees in teaching, and all require at least a university education.

  1. Classroom walls must be broken down.

Education must not stop when students step out of the classroom. Teachers and parents need to equip them with the skills and attitudes to apply academic concepts to the outside world. They must see learning as an organic process, not one confined to traditional teaching environments. Study abroad programmes, for example, which nearly all economies in the index show support for to some extent, are good conduits for this. The index also indicates that governments are involving the business community in their education systems: all but three economies show some level of university-industry collaboration.

  1. Pay for teachers and adequate funding for education are important, but money is not a panacea.

There is a link between monetary inputs to education systems and success in the index. Our research suggests that governments could stand to devote more resources to cultivating teaching in particular, raising the salaries, profile and prestige of the profession. Though simply boosting budgets is not an all-encompassing solution, it can show to what extent education is a priority for policymakers with limited resources. Some lower-income economies, for example, spend a far higher share of their GDP on education than rich ones.

  1. A holistic and future-ready education system is inextricably linked with societal openness and tolerance.

The index results also rely on broader societal attitudes, including those toward cultural diversity, the treatment of women and freedom of information. Education systems cannot be expected to address nextgeneration global challenges if their socio-political backdrops are insular, repressive and hostile to new ideas. In general, economies with liberal economic and social traditions perform better in the index.

The Chimp Model
Putting Neuroscience into Practice – a way to help raise standards of teaching and learning through wellbeing

The Kite TSA Cambridge is offering this very special year-long programme for school leaders.  The course starts on Thursday 2nd November and continues 8th February, 29th March and concludes on 14th June.  The cost of the whole programme is £625 which is ‘at cost’ to enable as many headteachers as possible to benefit.

Feedback from previous participants;

“I have the energy for the right things and the capacity to do more since working with Chimp Management. I am able to switch off and feel more rested and positive than any other time in my professional life.”

Assistant Headteacher, Leicester

“Working with Chimp Management has been challenging, exciting and, above all, rewarding. We believe our standards of teaching and learning are rising, and staff are happier in their jobs.”

Principal, Huddersfield 

The Chimp Model mind management programme for school leaders – Day 1

The Chimp Model mind management programme for School Leaders – Session 2

The Chimp Model mind management programme for school leaders – Session 3

The Chimp Model mind management programme for school leaders – Session 4

The book onto this programme please email or call 07969 685971

Professional Learning
Leading CPD Effectively – 3 Day Programme for those responsible for leading and managing CPD in their schools

In these days of tight budgets and external pressures to improve, it is more important than ever for schools to get the best value out of their continuing professional development budgets. When professional learning is carried out well, it is the most effective tool for improving pupil outcomes, closing gaps, and improving staff morale.

Well led CPD helps to build a successful a culture of professional learning within a school.

This three session programme is for those with responsibility for leading and managing CPD in their schools or phase. This can include headteachers and other senior and middle leaders.

During the programme you will:

  • further develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required by a CPD leader so that you can devise high impact CPD programmes in your school;
  • consider the CPD leader role in preparing and implementing whole school or phase CPD and staff development policy and practice;
  • consider how to further develop your professional learning community, so that staff learning can flourish despite often feeling under the endless pressure of everyday teaching;
  • discuss the research and evidence based CPD strategies which impact most on improving teaching and learning in classrooms;
  • review how best to identify and address school and individual CPD needs;
  • discuss how well planned CPD can effectively support colleagues in their career development;
  • discover how to plan for impact – not just try to measure it;
  • work through effective strategies for evaluating both the short and longer term the impact of CPD;

ü learn the secrets of making change stick.

Programme Facilitator: Nigel Battey

Nigel was previously Senior Adviser for Cambridgeshire LA for seven years and has also worked at The Eastern Leadership Centre, leading the organisation and delivery of senior leadership programmes, including NPQH. He was also an accredited national trainer for the Training and Development Agency, facilitating training nationally for a number of TDA programmes. Nigel has been headteacher at two schools. Ofsted noted Nigel’s “inspirational leadership”.
Currently he is a partner in ‘Partnerships for School Improvement’ (PfSI), the largest independent provider of school improvement services to primary schools and academies in Cambridgeshire, working as a School Improvement Adviser to schools.
He is also a lead facilitator and mentor for the National College Chair of Governors Leadership Development Programme


Tuesday 14th November – 1.30 – 5.00pm

Tuesday 5th December –  1.30 – 5.00pm

Tuesday 16th January – 1.30 – 5.00pm

We’re recruiting SLEs – applications open until 31st Oct 2017

Our SLEs are innovators and take a lateral approach to their role. Working as a team they are exploring opportunities and looking to see where there are gaps in networks, training and school-to-school support work. If you have been in a leadership role for more than two years, have a specialism in one of the required areas of focus and would like the opportunity to develop your peer-to-peer support skills then please click here to details about the process and to download an application form. Applications for this round close on 31st Oct 2017.

**We are seeking specialist in all areas but would like to highlight Maths, Early Years, Arts and Mental Health & Wellbeing as key areas of focus.

CPD in Cambridgeshire
Autumn Term 2017 CPD Brochure – Now available

Our brochure provides an overview of the areas in which The Kite TSA works.  There is a selection of CPD programmes to choose from as well as information about the networks and partnerships we have either created or are a part of.  We hope that you find it easy to use and that there are ideas for joint practice development and professional learning that appeal to your needs and strategic priorities.  If there’s anything you’re looking for that’s not covered, please do get in touch. We may be able to signpost to other offers in the county or we will be very happy to explore bespoke programming with you or your cluster. 

The Kite TSA Brochure 2017-2018


STEAM Education
Family STEAM Festival 2017

Over the summer The Kite TSA has been working on the programme for this year’s Family STEAM Festival. This is an annual Family Learning event, all based around the theme of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. In case you’re wondering , we’ve made two big changes to the event – we’ve changed the name –  it was formerly known as The Family Learning Festival and we’ve arranged for it to take place earlier in the Autumn term with a view that it will hopefully allow us to take advantage of better weather and to be able to hold more things outside. We’re very fortunate to welcome onboard our Project Partner this year – Anderson Group; supporting the event both financially, actively engaging in the planning and even putting on workshops! The event is FREE and open to all Cambridgeshire Families. There will be a wide range of workshops and shows to inspire families learning together. It takes place at The Spinney Primary School on Saturday 23rd September 2017, 10am-4pm. Visit , like us on Facebook and click ‘going’ on our event.

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Fair Funding for All Schools – Public Rally Tonight
Public Rally - Education Funding Crisis
Public Rally – Education Funding Crisis – Tuesday 9th May 2017, 7:30pm, CB4 3DL
Cambridgeshire TSAs RQT Programme
Free Course – RQT Secondary Programme

The Kite TSA Cambridge works alongside the local authority and the other Cambridgeshire teaching schools on a number of collaborative initiatives.  This brand new RQT Secondary Programme starts on 5th June at Bottisham Village College,  continues on 23rd June and concludes on the 4th July. Download the course flyer for full details;  RQT Secondary Programme

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Getting into Teaching Information Event


Cambridgeshire Needs Talented Teachers – an information evening on Tuesday 18th April, 6-8pm at ARU. For further information or to book click on the image.

YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough joins The Kite TSA as a Strategic Partner

YMCA Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s CEO Jonathan Martin and Rod Allerton (Development Director), today agreed to form a strategic partnership with The Kite TSA Cambridge. We will be working together to implement big change for wellbeing in education. With our shared values around outcomes for children in Cambridgeshire we are excited about the opportunities we will be able to create.

Cambridgeshire Festival of Education

The Cambridgeshire Festival of Education is a celebration of teaching and learning in the region. The festival’s activities, culminating in the conference held at Anglia Ruskin University on 1st July 2017, will showcase and harness educational expertise, talent and passion. The festival’s focus and themes serve as an antidote to current focus on structures and accountabiluty in education, by creating a collaborative space for positive, collaborative, professional learning for the educational community. The programme of speakers, workshops and open house events will provide opportunities to inspire, connect, ethuse existing and prospective teachers and anyone with an interest in and commitment to education.

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Fully subsidised Recently Qualified Teachers Programme (Primary & Secondary)

The Kite works collaboratively with the ‘Working Together’ which represents all the Cambridgeshire facing TSAs and Cambridgeshire Local Authority.  As part of this group we have been working together to programme a Recently Qualified Teachers course, one for Primary and one for Secondary. Click on the links below for details of dates and venues. This is collaborative effort to offer a subsidised programme.

RQT Primary Programme

RQT Secondary Programme – TBC

No More Marking
Moderating using online comparative judgement tools

Comparative judgement is a modern approach to teacher assessment. Instead of marking every piece of writing individually, you can scan every pupil’s portfolio into the No More Marking comparative judgement enging. The by making a number of comparisons of pairs of items you build up a measurement scale. Instead of making absolute judgements of quality, which we as humans can’t do, you make comparison judgements of quality. The software has processed more than 2 million judgements and now The Kite TSA is working with No More Marking to bring together groups of Year 2 and Year 6 teachers to learn how to take advantage of this time-saving and quality-enhancing moderation tool. 

Welcome to our new website!

There’s always lots of information we want to share with you about what is happening across the Kite TSA and what you can read about today is just the beginning. We hope you will find this website to be an excellent resource for ideas, new connections and opportunities. We’re very happy to receive ideas and feedback – whether it’s to point out a typo or to tell us about opportunities which would benefit the Kite TSA network. If you are one of the individuals and organisations that is linked here we would be grateful if you could add a link to the Kite TSA website from yours. Here’s to exciting time for all the schools and organisations involved with The Kite TSA Cambridge.