Dear Colleagues,
We hope this newsletter finds you happy and well as we enter Exam season. 
We are delighted to share with you the wonderful news (although we appreciate many of you will know already) that the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education has been named by the Good Teacher Training Guide (published by the Centre for Education and Employment Research, University of Buckingham) as the pre-eminent provider in the UK, topping both the Primary and Secondary tables. Cambridgeshire truly is the best place to become a teacher which is why we're so excited to let you know about the inaugural
Cambridgeshire Festival of Education which is being co-constructed in partnership with two Universities, the Teaching School Alliances, The Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board, educational organisations across Cambridgeshire, the Local Authority and supported by Cambridge Independent Newspaper.

Cambridgeshire Festival of Education is a week-long festival that we want all school to be a part of, culminating with a celebratory Conference of keynote speeches and workshops at Anglia Ruskin University on the 1st July.
Follow what is happening by going to the website or joining the conversation on twitter
@CambsEdFest and facebook @CambsEdFest

With best wishes from Rachel Snape (Headteacher Lead of Kite TSA) and Suzie Young (Kite TSA Coordinator) and everyone in the Kite TSA


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Public Rally - Fair Funding for All Schools
Tuesday 9th May 2017, 7:30pm
NCI Sports and Social Club, CB4 3DL


PEDAL Workshop - The Pedagogy of Play

22nd May, 4pm-5pm at 
University of Cambridge Primary School
Click here to book


Forest School Network Event

Forest Schools, Owlswick, Grafham Road, Ellington, Cambs, PE28 0AF
Wednesday 14th June 2017


Blue Smile
Mental Health Conference

Friday 16th June 2017, 9:30 - 16:30
Murray Edwards College
Keynote Speakers: Alistair Campbell & Fiona Miller

Festival of Education
26th - 30th June 2017 Across Cambridgeshire
& Saturday 1st July 2017 

(see opposite)
Click here for tickets

Phonics Partnership Celebration
29th June 2017, 9am-12:30pm
Trumpington Meadows Primary School

Click here to book a free place


The Big Read and Write at The Big Weekend
8th July 2017
details below

The Big Read & Write
at The Big Weekend

Parker's Piece, Cambridge
Sat 8th July 2017

As last year The Kite TSA will support the community event The Big Weekend in the centre of Cambridge by coordinating a day long relay of story reading and story telling for children and their families. This is in partnership with The Big Read and Write and 52Stories.  If you are able to help on the day, and would like to offer to read some stories in the beautiful Arabian Knights story telling tent, then we would love to hear from you.    

Become a
Specialist Leader of Education


Applications now open for
SLE designation 

If you or a member of your team has been in a leadership role for more than two years, has a specialism in one of the required areas of focus and would like the opportunity to develop peer-to-peer support skills then please get in touch for details of our application and designation process.

This cohort recruitment round closes on 

31st May 2017

Click here for further details and to access application forms

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 Cambridgeshire Festival of Education

Website now live;  

26th-30th June across Cambridgeshire
Saturday 1st July

Anglia Ruskin University

The Kite TSA is working with the Steering Group on a festival which aim to be full to the brim with ideas, inspiration, great new connections. 

So how much do you know
so far about this event?

Tickets are now on sale with group bookings representing the best value at £80 for five tickets! With lunch and a goody bag included this really is incredible value for a whole day of CPD. We'd really appreciate your help in getting word out and there a number of ways to actively support it; 
  • Consider holding your own event during the festival week. Email
  • Schools are being asked offer their teachers flexible PPA time during the festival week.
  • Headteachers are invited to consider purchasing tickets on behalf of staff who say they'd like to go (incredible value CPD with no cover costs!)
  • Join the conversation on social media @cambsedfest
  • Get involved -  let us know if you'd like to come to the next Steering Group meeting on 24th May, 1pm at The Spinney (CB1 9PB)
Join the flamboyance - become a #flamingoofhope


The Empowered Teacher

Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing

Creativity in Education

Identity & Community

Optimistic Leadership

Follow the event on twitter & facebook
Get involved:


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 fully subsidised three day course in June (concluding in early July) has been designed for Secondary teachers who have been teaching for around 3-5 years and are considering ways to make the next steps in their career. Places are likely to fill quickly so book now to avoid disappointment.
5th June, 23rd June & 4th July at Bottisham Village College
Click here for more details

Singapore Maths KS1 -
Free workgroups

22nd May, 12th June, 26th June
at The Spinney (CB1 9PB)


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