Teachers and senior leaders are invited to join us at The Spinney Primary School on Thursday 21st November to hear from Headteacher and National Leader of Education, Rae Snape about how The Spinney has created a connected and creative, changemaker curriculum.
Enjoy a tour of the school, and weather permitting, a visit to the Wild Wood (bring your wellies just in case).
This special day is just £15 and includes lunch.
email email@example.com to book your place.
Barefoot Programming Workshop – a free twilight for primary teachers in Cambridgeshire
The Grove Primary School
Wednesday Nov 20, 2019 from 4:00PM to 5:30PM
An interactive workshop introducing you to the Scratch programming environment and taking you through the concepts of sequence, repetition and selection through a series of camel related challenges.
|16:00||Registration and Refreshments|
|16:10||Getting started with Barefoot|
|16:15||Getting ‘over the hump’ with Computing|
|17:15||Further support available and the NCCE|
|17:25||Feedback Survey and Close|
YMCA Mental Health Train the Trainer Programme for Delivering Early Interventions: 26th November at Barrington Primary School, Cambridgeshire (CB22 7RG)
Increasing resilience is crucial to improving outcomes for young people and reducing the risk of mental health issues escalating. With rising needs, coupled with budget cuts, our Delivering Early Interventions Train The Trainer course empowers settings to develop group work programmes for KS1-4 in a uniquely sustainable and cost effective way.
Forming a key element of our ‘Targeted Stage 3 Training’ as part of our newly approved Competency framework, this 1-day course covers evidence based practice using cognitive behavioural therapy and resource based approaches to address issues such as self-esteem, emotional regulation, social skills and transitions. Delegates will receive schemes of work, assessment tools, resources and on-going advice to help these early interventions become embedded into your setting. You will then be supported via a dedicated clinical professional and receive on-going refresher training, peer support, as well as resource updates through the licence programme.
As a special last minute offer, you can get 20% off places booked for the upcoming course on 26th November, with every second place FREE if you quote ‘Nov20’ when booking*
Feedback from delegates:
100% enjoyed the course and learnt more
100% improved their confidence in the subject area
100% said the materials and methods used facilitated learning
100% said the trainer was confident, prepared and knowledgeable
‘This was a really useful course, one of the best I have been on in a long time’
‘Thank you for an informative day. I am excited to begin implementing the programme’
‘What an awesome course and trainer!! Came away feeling confident in the content and excited to get going’
‘The support we will gain after the course will be so beneficial to us’
See the attached calendar for the latest list of training dates and our full brochure, including a whole range of new courses, or click here for more information about the course https://ymcatrinitygroup.org.uk/train-the-trainer-delivering-early-interventions/.
By booking a place you will also gain access to FREE Level 2 accredited training as part of our distance learning programme. Alternatively, we can tailor the course to whole staff teams or clusters of schools.
For more information about any of the services YMCA offers please click here
*Licence fee applies
Our ‘Big Education Conversation’ event in collaboration with Smiley Movement was an inspiring evening. Powerful discussions and an engaging workshop led by the fantastic Rae Snape were all part of this Smiley TALK.
“Think not only of what we teach children, but how we teach them. – Education has a transformative power, and all children and young people can benefit from it.”
John Murray’s majestic command of comprehension CPD comes highly recommended and whilst we’ve not yet seen him in Cambridgeshire before we’re certain his impact will be prestigious. He is the creator of Reading Explorers, Top Class Comprehension & Reading Rocketeers. He is a literacy consultant specialising in Reading Comprehension and receives outstanding feedback on his course content and facilitation.
READING ROCKETEERS; DEVELOPING COMPREHENSION WITH STRUGGLING READERS
This course considers the reasons why learners can find the transition into skills-based reading problematic, discusses how these might be addressed and explores the structure of a good reading intervention session.
Find out how to boost reading comprehension levels in order to:
Develop a learner’s higher order reading skills using decodable text.
Improve their understanding of what is being read at word, sentence and whole text level.
Key Learning Aim:
To consider the difference between Shared and Guided Reading and explore reasons why some learners find it difficult to understand what they are able to decode across Key Stages 1 & 2.
To equip teachers with the necessary strategies and techniques that will enable their learner’s reading comprehension to move forward.
Should you wish to purchase the Reading Rocketeers resource that supports this course, there is an additional cost of £35.
click here to book
Join us for a twilight session to hear about how the project has been successfully implemented at others schools, its impact and how you can make use of the Compassion Matters resources in your school.It’s a FREE training session and the resources are FREE too. Tuesday 29th October, 15:45-17:00 at Spinney Primary School. Click here to book.
¨ Critical thinking
¨ Social-emotional skills
¨ Growth Mindset
¨ Universal Values
Compassion Matters is an educational outreach project that shares and develops learning resources with schools to enable the teaching of universal human values and secular ethics. The project includes elements of character education, values-based learning and social-emotional learning and equips children To think critically about ethical issues leading to a positive impact on the children’s mental well-being and academic attainment.The learning materials have also been designed to fit with the latest PSHE and OFSTED personal development frameworks. Compassion Matters also meets key areas of the Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education guidance from the Department for Education including; Mental wellbeing, Physical wellbeing, Families and people who care for me, Caring friendships and Respectful relationships and Being safe.
The course materials have been designed by leading academics, teachers and educational publishers to ensure they are child-centred, interactive and engaging for teachers and children. Based on an exploratory learning model are designed to be accessible to all teacher regardless of the experience of teaching ethics, values of SEL. Our project is web-based and resources are designed to be used ‘out of the box’ with guidance on how to deploy our lesson plans and other resources included.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe’s words are Rachel Snape’s motto – or Rae as she prefers to be called.
“When we started Cambridgeshire Festival of Education, we had a lot of people ask us why we were doing it in Cambridge. Why not Peterborough or Wisbech?”
And why not? In an age defined by organisations trying to stem the tide, if not reverse the flow, of city-centrism, it seems a reasonable question. Not to Rae.
“I would never stop anyone from Peterborough or Wisbech doing anything, and if they asked my help I’d give it, but the fact is that you have to start where you are.”
In many ways, Rae – half her life an educator, and nearly half that again, 12 years, a headteacher – is the antithesis of the stereotypical warm-strict school leader. Progressive to her core, she is known for her refrain of “flamingoes of hope, not lemmings of despair”, her vivacity and outfits to match. Yet here she is, gently chastising neighbouring populations while offering them support.
If there was a pithy phrase to encapsulate her approach, Rae says it would be “distributed leadership”. It is the means by which she appears to have hacked an education system characterised by workload-induced dissatisfaction and workforce turnover to buck those trends. She has bucked these trends to become the headteacher of an “outstanding” primary school at the heart of a teaching schools alliance, the organiser of a rapidly growing festival of education, a member of countless groups and networks and the holder of more kitemarks than any letterheaded paper could allow for.
Rae is in a transition phase. Her time at the Spinney Primary School is coming to an end and a new challenge awaits her, but she is confident about the school she is leaving.
“They might miss me for about 30 minutes,” she says, “but they’ll get on with what needs to be done, and there won’t be a single point of failure that will cause a collapse.”
My mother said: “Whatever you do, don’t go into teaching!”
Distributed leadership is a management style characterised by mobilising expertise and potential at all levels of an organisation to develop capacity for improvement. For Rae, it means “there isn’t that mentality of ‘I’m the boss
and the rest of you are there to do what I decide.’ It’s democratic.”
“I’ve seen the opposite elsewhere,” she adds ruefully, “when the control goes and the systems dissipate because it was only held together by challenge or fear.”
What does distributed leadership look like in practice? Well, there are no lesson observations at the Spinney. Instead, the school operates an open-door policy, from classroom to headteacher’s office. In meetings, everyone leads on a part of the agenda according to their expertise. The staff room is referred to as the team room, because the raft of community volunteers the school makes use of are treated as part of the collective effort.
It dawns on me as I listen that there might be a flaw. Distributed leadership seems more like a set of values than practices. “If the values belong to one person, isn’t this the single point of failure awaiting a school whose leader is departing?”
Rae is quick with the response. “No,” she says. “They’re not just my values. They’re a combination of things I wanted to see more of, yes, but also things that came from appreciative enquiry or parents directly challenging us.”
They’ve evolved over time, and they’ll continue to do so with or without her.
A privileged life
Rae is one of three daughters. Their father was a geologist and their mother is a retired teacher who told them all: “Whatever you do, don’t go into teaching!”
Rae isn’t the only rebel. One of her sisters is an assistant headteacher in Telford, the other a deputy head in Sheffield. A cautionary tale for any parental advice.
When she graduated, Rae pursued her love of drama. She saw it as transformational then, and she still sees it in her own school-aged daughter. She worked for a while as an assistant director, then left to teach English in Greece, then Spain, and came back to the UK to support her husband’s career. She got her PGCE in 1994 and has been in education ever since.
She is loath to draw direct lines between her past and present. “I suppose, after being a headteacher for so long, you combine the detail with the bigger picture, just like you would if you were a director, but it’s tenuous.”
Rae and her sisters were raised for much of their early childhood following their father’s work postings in various African and Asian countries, including the DRC (then Zaire), South Africa, Malaysia and Mauritania.
I’m permanently motivated to find gaps in the system.
“When I lived in these countries,” she recollects, “and it was still a colonial world, with segregation and apartheid, I had a very privileged upbringing. It doesn’t make me very comfortable now, but my mum was very instrumental in bringing about change.” As an example, she cites her mother’s campaigning for all workers, not just white ones, to have helmets to go down the mines in Zaire.
Rae feels these experiences have contributed to making her adaptable to change and quick to make connections with new people. Above all, the discomfort with her early upbringing informs her sense of solidarity and egalitarianism. “I want everybody to be treated equally and fairly, and I think that motivates the way we work in our school, in circles rather than hierarchical approaches.”
A pragmatic changemaker
Rae has written about accountability and teacher professionalism. I ask her about the uncertain political situation, the radical alternatives proposed by opposition parties. Could the school’s distributed leadership model withstand a massive swing of the political pendulum?
“We’ve found a way to make it work in a context with more and more testing,” she says diplomatically. I get a sense that Rae will continue to do what Rae does regardless, and she will always butt up against the limits of the political realism that limits schools’ practices.
Nor is her vision uncontroversial. In fact, the biggest barrier to the changes she’d like to see is parents themselves. “They value the high-status qualifications. It’s a different paradigm,” she says.
Ironically, her community may very well be the key enabler of her far-reaching influence on education in Cambridgeshire and beyond. She acknowledges this. “I one hundred per cent know that this is a privileged space to be in,” she says.
Short of a school community to accompany her all the way in delivering her vision, she has cast her net wider. Now, she is spearheading My Cambridge, a cultural inclusion partnership aimed at addressing inequality of children and young people’s access to the arts.
“We’re one of the Ashoka Changemaker schools,” she tells me, “and I’m permanently motivated to find gaps in the system and using what we have to hand and innovate with it. In India, they call it Jugaad.”
Rae is also black belt in Tand Soo Do karate, and member of ukulele band, the Misspent Ukes. “You must get tired?” I ask her. She acknowledges the support she has from her husband and her daughter, but there is no acquiescing to tiredness.
“I’m involved in many things, but once you get people motivated around an idea, it just happens. I sit on the steering committee meetings. I’m not delivering any of this stuff.”
It’s a testament to the power of distributed leadership she adheres to, and you can’t help but feel Rae has indeed hacked the system with it. A shadow of privilege hangs over it, but it would be churlish to blame the injustices of an education system on one headteacher, no matter how indomitable, just because she hasn’t fixed them.
Members of the public, parents, teachers, students and organisations with a shared interest in promoting transformative education are invited to a special evening at The Spinney on Thursday 10th October, 6pm-9pm. Headteacher Rae Snape will be joined by a lively panel for a discussion which is being hosted by Smiley Movement and The Kite TSA to explore ways to better prepare young people for their futures. Speakers include Carrie Herbert MBE (Founder Red Balloon), Charlotte Lewis (Whole Education), a speaker from Big Change and others to be confirmed. Guests are invited to book their FREE place here and join this engaging conversation over drinks and nibbles.
Storytime Phonics Training Day at the Spinney Primary School
Story Time Phonics is a systematic approach to teaching synthetic phonics alongside fun and engaging books. Real books create real readers. The great thing about StoryTime phonics is that it is based on Letters and Sounds but you introduce each new sound with a fantastic storybook. With each book is a caption action which links to the book and the sound being taught. Planning still follows the four elements – revisit/review, teach (new learning), practise and apply. Ideas are given for activities for practising and applying, which are multisensory and fun. Consequently, this interactive approach helps children to retain the new learning and, of course, it is engaging!
WHERE: Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB
WHEN: Friday 27th September, 9am-3:30pm
COST: £60 per school
TO BOOK: email firstname.lastname@example.org by 17/09/19
Louise Crook is well-known in Cambridgeshire as a long-serving equality and diversity trainer and advisor. Louise has broad expertise in training across all the protected characteristics.
Join us for this special twilight session with Louise where she will introduce the key principles and pedagogy of EAL and help teachers to learn how to consider the diverse needs of EAL learners. A chance to explore your setting’s role in identifying and meeting these needs and then to begin to develop practical strategies based on the pedagogy for supporting EAL learners.
WHERE: The Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB
WHEN: Monday 24th June 4pm-5:30pm
TO BOOK: email mailto:email@example.com 6th June
Progression in Calculations Taster Twilight
Has your Year 6 teacher found some specific maths misconceptions hard to unpick in the lead up to SATS? PiC is a resource which helps schools to see how children progress in maths from reception to year 6 and helps teachers to track back when misconceptions arise.
The PiC series of handbooks (one handbook for each year group in primary school) will be available for purchase exclusively from The Kite TSA from September 2019 and there will also be options to support the resources with training.
We’re offering primary school maths leads the opportunity to come to this event to see how PiC works (a number of Cambridgeshire schools have had training and are already using the first edition version of PiC). Serge Tasic (trainer and co-author of the handbooks) will deliver a short and lively presentation which encapsulates the essence of PiC. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore the way in which these handbooks can add value to any and all schemes of work as well as helping to inform further development of school calculation policies. Primary maths leaders will be invited to come and thumb through the handbooks and test out a few scenarios where the resources can be used.
In the pilot we received some powerful feedback;
“PiC is the missing link. This is exactly what I need and have been looking for.”
“Really helpful to have a problem solving strand which should be integral to the new curriculum but is so often missed out.”
“This will help enormously with updating our calculations policy and it will also help colleagues of all abilities”
“This is excellent. It will feed directly into the provision of maths teaching and learning in our school”
“Having the guidance for all year groups should prove very useful, particularly in terms of being able to clearly see what children should be able to do before moving on to the next stage in their learning.”
“This has complemented the work I’ve taken part in with the Cambridge Maths Hub and provided lots of ideas to continue using in the classroom. I’m looking forward to sharing the information with colleagues and delving deeper”
“With mixed year groups there are particular challenges teaching mathematical concepts. It will be useful to track back at the start of units to assess where to start teaching and ensure progression for all. It’s really useful to see the visual models”
“I am looking forward to using the PiC booklet to plan future maths lessons with a focus on concrete resources.”
“A very useful and entertaining session”
“A thoroughly enjoyable day. Thank you for inspiring me to go back and try out lots of ideas!”
“It will reinforce work on mastery and help planning, especially supporting work with concrete resources. Really good to see what progression looks like in years prior to my yeargroup.”
A reflective day considering key research informed principles that make teaching more effective. Research in education will be explored giving useful insights on how to fully ‘tool-up’ with an arsenal of evidence informed practice. This unique and unmissable day of CPD promises to be invigorating and inspiring, offering a rich array of ideas to bring back to every classroom, regardless of setting.
Amjad Ali is a teacher, trainer, TEDx, engaging keynote speaker (including CambEdFest18) and Senior Leader. He currently works 4 days a week in a startup secondary school and offers CPD/INSET on his other day. Amjad has spent his teaching career working in challenging, diverse schools. He is a qualified, practising SENCO, completing the National SENCO Award in 2016. Amjad has worked with 1000s of teachers delivering courses to help them become more effective.
WHERE: Trumpington Community College
WHEN: Monday 8th July, 10am-3pm
TO BOOK: email firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
The Big Education Conversation is taking place at the Bradfield Centre (a world-class collaboration space) on evening of Thursday 28th March. Teachers, headteachers and those connected with education will be joining the lively discussion and we’re very privileged to have an influential line-up of speakers. Some people have had difficulty registering for this FREE event. We recommend going to this site via Chrome outside of Central Host. However, if you have any difficulties please feel free to contact Suzie at email@example.com .
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The Spinney Primary School “Open Day”
Join us at The Spinney Primary School on Thursday 14th March for the Whole Education Regional Primary Hub Event. Hear from Headteacher and National Leader of Education, Rae Snape about how The Spinney has created a connected and creative, change maker curriculum.
Enjoy a tour of the school, that includes a visit to the Wild Wood.
With relationships at the heart of the school’s ethos this day also includes an opportunity to hear from Dr Robert Loe CEO of Relational Schools.
English Adviser Michelle Larbey (aka The Phonic Fairy) will also be flying in to explain how Story Time Phonics has been successfully implemented in the Spinney.
To book: firstname.lastname@example.org
CambsEdFest Presenter Amjad Ali brings us The Effective Teacher – a series of stand alone CPD days which are unique, inspiring and applicable to primary, secondary and further education teachers.
SEND, Pupil Premium & Inclusion – Who, what, where, why and when!
You don’t have to be a SENCO to attend!
Date: Monday 18th March 2019
Venue: Trumpington Community College
Others in the series…..
On the evening of 28th March 2019 join Lord John Bird Founder of The Big Issue and other brilliant speakers for The Big Up Education Conversation
The Big Education Conversation will…
Bring together individuals and organisations who have a shared interest in better preparing young people for their future. Together they can have open, honest and constructive conversations about education
Through these conversations we seek to amplify examples of excellent practice happening across the system, as well as amplifying what emerges from these conversations (e.g. what actions? where do people agree/have differing views?
Through these face-to-face conversations we can inspire and equip people and organisations to take action in their communities (local and national) to better prepare young people for their futures
“It is time for a National, rational debate on how we help our young people succeed. ”
Paul Deschler, President of CBI
Date: Thurs 28th March 2019, 6pm-8pm
Venue: The Bradfield Centre
Cambridge Science Park Rd,
Milton, Cambridge CB4 0GA
Please join us on Wednesday 16th January, 4pm-6pm at Trumpington Community College for a special workshop led by the renowned author, Michael Rosen, our ‘poet in residence’ at Historyworks. In this invaluable session, Michael will share his knowledge and experience for reading and writing both prose and poetry, and will introduce methods for supporting students of primary and lower secondary school age, followed by Q&A session.
Tickets are just £10 and covers refreshments plus Michael Rosen’s two NEW books (Writing for Pleasure & Why Write? Why Read?)!
Brand new programme starting on 21st January at Trumpington Meadows Primary School. This programme has been specially developed for Trumpington Federation teachers and being opened up for more teachers to be able to take advantage. The programme includes a chance to take a look at the macro perspective of your organisation. It explores modeling and monitoring, leading improvements, analysing data and being strategic. It includes strategic aspects of improving outcomes, ambition and career paths and will also look at books, resources, sources of inspiration and role models as well as wellbeing and workload. This well-rounded series of twilights across the second two terms of the academic year is a great way to support recently qualified teachers and emerging middle leaders and has been carefully timed to be succinct to fit in with busy schedules.
Just £200 for 4 twilights
Come and spend a day learning about BLINKS; a distinctive approach to school-led, peer-to-peer school self-evaluation and improvement. On Thursday 7th February 2019, this training will show headteachers how to successfully carry out BLINKS with a cluster or family of schools. This thoughtful and creative self-evaluation process helps schools to celebrate what’s good and great and values what colleagues are doing. Hosted at The Spinney Primary School in Cambridge, Roy Blatchford CBE will walk us through this distinctive and robust approach. Places are limited so booking early is strongly recommended. Lunch will be provided.
Make the most of Empathy Day, and work towards a whole school approach using books to integrate empathy education into existing school priorities
Come to a first-step training day with EmpathyLab, founders of Empathy Day; our aim is to build children’s empathy and social activism through a more systematic use of high quality literature. With 10 primary school partners we have spent the last three years testing new approaches. 100% of teachers report impact on six key empathy skills plus children’s reading frequency, range and enjoyment. 86% report impact on expressive writing, speaking and listening. Other impacts include improvements in wellbeing, family involvement, school culture and social action. See report www.empathylab.uk/schools. We are now opening up the EmpathyLab to new partner schools, offering training to help schools lay the foundations for schools’ empathy strategies and work towards a major celebration of Empathy Day, 11 June 2019.
Storytelling & Stand-up for Children!
An opportunity to develop Year 4 and Year 5 children’s confidence as well as their oracy and writing skills.
Our course facilitator is the wonderful Jonny Walker who has delivered delightful Primary Geography themed keynotes at both CambsEdFest 2017 and CambsEdFest 2018.
The Kite TSA is seeking expressions of interest for this. Wednesday 23rd January 2019 has been pencilled in and the venue can be confirmed depending on the location of participating schools. It is an exciting an innovative opportunity to collaborate with another school and one which Jonny has successfully run in Newham. It’s a great opportunity to invite children to consider themselves as comedy writers and to use their experience and observations as creative fuel. Contact Suzie Young email@example.com if you’re intrigued and would like to find out more. Deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 30th November.
The Kite TSA is delighted to be collaborating with Cambridge & Peterborough Science Learning Partnership to bring high quality accredited primary science CPD to Cambridge.
Linking core subjects; Science and Maths
23rd January 2019, 13:00-16:00
Identify how to maximize pupil’s opportunities to develop their numeracy skills and improve attainment in science by planning lessons in which children effectively handle data.
VENUE: Spinney Primary, CB1 9PB
Why children need to, and how they can work scientifically at Key Stage 1
13th February 2019, 13:00-16:00
Effective teaching in scientific enquiry is central to developing children’s ideas, skills, knowledge and understanding of science. Delegates will be able to implement strategies for planning, resourcing and organising a range of types of enquiry in order to improve children’s outcomes.
VENUE: Spinney Primary, CB1 9PB
Organised in partnership with Cambridge & Peterborough Science Learning Partnership
A brand new Primary Maths CPD opportunity for Cambridgeshire with Rachel Rayner from Herts for Learning.
Session 1 – 28.11.18
Why can’t fractions behave like normal numbers?
Have you got children who wonder this? Do you as a teacher wonder this? The national QLA data for KS2 SATs identifies fractions as an area that children find difficult to secure each year. How can we build a secure progression that really supports children to make better connections between fractions and the rest of the number system? This course aims to address how we can strengthen the learning in every year group of the Primary phase. Through a hands on day, time will be taken to demonstrate proven approaches, tackle and explain big misconceptions and generally showcase when fractions are not so different after all and how sometimes they are. But isn’t that what’s so exciting about them?
Session 2 – 16.01.19
Measuring Up: Securing progression in measurement
What does it take to measure up in measure in the Primary years? Well more than you might think. This course will show leaders the barriers many children have in measure and the foundational learning that may be missing. Through practical exemplification, Rachel will lead you through the kinds of tasks and thinking that allow children to build year on year through the Primary phase. The day will be centred on the use of the concrete pictorial approach and will make links to other underpinning theories of teaching for mastery. By the end of the day leaders will have a clear idea of progression, foundational learning to secure, the main difficulties and ways to overcome these. Warning you may get wet!
Herts for Learning Facilitator, Rachel Rayner is an accredited Maths Specialist Teacher and Adviser for Herts for Learning. Rachel is passionate about mathematically rich learning environments that promote curiosity and independence and a strong advocate for enjoyment and positive subject engagement. She works with schools to help them change children’s (and adult) attitudes towards maths. She is particularly skilled at creating lessons and sequences of lessons that include opportunities for problem solving and deeper mathematical thinking; providing challenge for all.
DATES: 28.11.18 & 16.01.19
VENUE: Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB
COST: £225 and £175 for additional teachers from the same school.
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More than 1100 people , 336 families and children from more than 100 schools and setting came to this year’s Family STEAM Festival. This annual event takes place at The Spinney Primary School every September with the aim of improving parental engagement in children’s learning and raising aspirations across the STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths).
A unique opportunity to join Spinney Primary School on this inset which promises to change hearts and minds. Pivotal training gives staff a consistent approach, centred around simple practical ideas and provides a catalyst for transformation in culture.
The Five Pillars of Pivotal Practice:
Please note places are limited so apply now to avoid disappointment.
Monday 29th October, 2018, 9am – 12:30pm
email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries or bookings.
Have you got a middle or senior leader in your team who has great skill and expertise in a particular area or areas? Could they be developing their experience and competency and sharing their talents through school to school support? If so, look for evidence that they meet all areas of the criteria and are outstanding in at least one of the agreed SLE areas of expertise. Please note that although SLEs themselves must be outstanding at what they do, they do not have to come from outstanding schools – they can come from any school. Recruitment open 1st-31st Oct. Click here for details and application forms.
Join The Kite TSA for this special Primary Headteachers & ICT Leaders Meeting at Spinney Primary on Friday 9th November at 1pm. This networking and information event includes sumptuous buffet lunch and prize draw. There will be a talk from Spinney Primary Headteacher Rae Snape on ‘Innovation within the education eco-system’ and then edtech speed dating for rapid upload of the latest and most innovative technical solutions for education.
Click here to book your free place.
Martin Galway from Herts for Learning returns to the Kite TSA next month for the first of three sessions for Year 4 and Year 5 teachers. Named ‘Stretching and Challenging Year 4s and Year 5s to pave the way for greater depth’, this course is expected to be very well received after the success of the greater depth course for Year 6 teachers attended last year. And for those Year 6 teachers that weren’t able to take advantage last year we’re delighted to also announce the repeat of the Greater Depth in Year 6 programme.
Stretching and Challenging Year 4 and 5 to pave the way for Greater Depth
Venue: The Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB
Writing at Greater Depth in Year 6
Venue: The Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB
The Kite organise the Family STEAM Festival which is a big annual family learning event which takes place at The Spinney Primary School in Cambridge. The event is designed as an opportunity to encourage parental engagement in children’s learning and to raise aspirations across the STEAM subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. Well over 1000 people are expected to attend on Saturday 29th September to enjoy the completely free programme of over 30 workshops and shows as well as a fairly priced café and music – there’s a real festival feel to the day. Please share details of this event with teachers so they can advertise it to parents (who may also like to know that the first 500 children will receive a goody bag!). Also please do connect and share these social media links
Over 300 teachers affectionately known as ‘Flamingos of Hope’ descended on the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education last Saturday for #Flamingle18 / CambsEdFest / Cambridgeshire Festival of Education
The Festival’s Steering Committee and Organisers made big claims (albeit with a beer advert-style disclaimer) saying that it’s ‘The Most Optimistic Education Festival in the World, Probably’ and feedback shows the intentions were realised on the day
Feedback from presenters;
“It was inspiring, uplifting and inclusive. Fun, focused and festive. All credit to Rae Snape, the organisers and all contributors and participants. This is how education conferences should be. Congratulations.” Professor Alma Harris*
“Incredibly well organised and brilliant communication in the lead up to it – great thought provoking event.” Jonny Walker*
“I have never been to a more optimistic conference…I loved speaking and meeting everybody….Well done to you and your team. What a slick event. Lots of food for thought and fun.” Amjad Ali*
“Of all the education events, the one with the most positive energy and camaraderie. Congratulations, one and all, and thank you for the privilege of taking part.” Lucy Rycroft Smith & JL from Flip the System UK*
“It was such a wonderful event and full of positive energy. I spoke to many flamingos and heard great feedback mentioning how they felt inspired and really enjoyed the festival. Thank you so much to all event team – for your enthusiasm, vision, dedication and energy to make this happen. We are changing the world for a better place, one day at a time.” Natacha Wilson, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation*
SLEs (Specialist Leaders of Education) are really effective middle or senior leaders. To become one, you need to have at least two years experience leading a team, a particular area of expertise and a track record of impact.
The benefits are many: you receive training in how to coach and support others, you become part of a wider network of like-minded leaders, plus you get to work with, learn from and share your expertise with colleagues in a range of other schools.
Apply by 31st May 2018
If you’d like to find out more please feel free to pick up the phone and call The Kite’s Alliance Coordinator, Suzie Young. 07969 685971 / email@example.com
Further information and the application form can be found on our website.
Excerpt from Martin Galway’s recent blog….
The nature of this year’s framework, and its dissemination has allowed some space for deeper thought and discussion with colleagues in schools and on training courses. There is a sense that we are less in thrall to the prescriptive specifics of the here-today-gone-next-academic-year ITAF experiments of the past two years. This year, the STA kept good on their promises to release the frameworks, exemplification and associated guidance earlier in the year. Better still, we know what to expect in the coming year. That is always nice. Especially if you are in a year group subject to statutory assessment. Especially given the nature of accountability and what this means for class teachers at the sharp end of where writing meets statutory assessment outcomes. As a year 6 teacher, if I am completely honest, at times it would have felt like my life depended on that basic courtesy. You know, a bit of forewarning. Definitely appreciate that.
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The STEAM Co. Rocket Kids tour is helping the country celebrate National Careers Week and British Science Week by taking their half day #ROCKETKIDS session on the road to give primary and secondary schools a taste of STEAM Co. creativity, inspiration and engagement – 21st Century Skills.
STEAM Co can come to your school on Friday 16th March and deliver a ‘Rocket Kids’ assembly, a Rocket Launch and a Rocket Science activity.
A half day session is available for either the morning or the afternoon in Cambridgeshire . STEAM Co. is an unfunded not-for-profit Community Enterprise and requests a £300 donation for this half day session.
Download the flyer STEAM Co. Tour 2018
Please join us for a special workshop led by the renowned author, Michael Rosen, our ‘poet in residence’ at Historyworks. In this invaluable session, Michael will share his knowledge and experience for reading and writing both prose and poetry, and will introduce methods for supporting students of primary and lower secondary school age, followed by Q&A session.
In this CPD workshop, author Michael Rosen & public historian Helen Weinstein, will introduce teachers to ways of supporting students to improve their reading and writing of both poetry and prose. Historyworks has made a huge number of free resources with Michael Rosen for Cambridgeshire schools, which we will showcase at the event. All participants will receive two signed books from Michael Rosen, the latter recently published, aimed at primary and early secondary school teachers. Teachers will be taken through Michael’s guidance about how students can be encouraged to embrace reading and also improve the content of their writing by evaluating their narrative ingredients using his top tips. Helen Weinstein will showcase a variety of resources including history stories, walking trails, poetry and songs which have been devised by Michael Rosen and Historyworks, for teachers to use both inside and outside the classroom, to enhance learning across the curriculum. The main aim at the end of a long school day will be to inspire teachers, share practical tips and free resources, have fun with words in poetry and prose, and also eat chocolate cake together!
Time: 4pm Chocolate Cake social followed by 4.30pm/6pm Workshop with
Michael Rosen and Helen Weinstein, supported by Historyworks.
Tickets: £10 Teaching & Education Professionals. Fee covers refreshments
plus two books: “What Is Poetry?” and “Poetry and Stories for Primary and
Lower Secondary Schools” or £1 (ADMISSION ONLY)
Booking essential via Eventbrite
On Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 1pm children across Cambridgeshire will be able to watch
The Big Read & Write – either live in the audience or via the webcast. Jo Cotterill, author of A Library of Lemons will be delivering a live and interactive session to explore this year’s theme of EMPATHY (in conjunction with EMPATHYLAB) and to encourage the children’s enjoyment of reading and writing. As part of the event Jo will launch a countywide story writing competition for all Year 5 children.
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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 email@example.com
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: http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/events/conferences/nqtppd/
Please direct all booking queries to Lisa firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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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.
ASPIRE TO HEADSHIP
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.
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.
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
Facilitator: Martin Galway
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
The book onto this programme please email email@example.com or call 07969 685971
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:
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
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.
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.
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 www.familySTEAMfestival.com , like us on Facebook and click ‘going’ on our event.
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
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.
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.
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 Secondary Programme – TBC
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.
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.