Professional Learning Opportunities 2016-17
In 2016-17 we are offering the following training programmes. Contacts and email addresses are provided below for each programme:
-NQT* - (Caroline McCarron - firstname.lastname@example.org)
-Early Professional Development / RQT - (Caroline McCarron - email@example.com)
-Aspiring Middle Leader - (Laura Cheney - firstname.lastname@example.org)
-Aspiring Senior Leader - (Tim Ennion - email@example.com)
-Peer Coaching - (Tim Ennion - firstname.lastname@example.org)
-ECDL Level 2 in ICT skills - (Jane Lingham - email@example.com)
Dorset Teaching School Allaince
*Please note that as a Teaching Alliance we can now act as appropriate body for NQT registration. We are offering basic NQT registration for £100.
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) – The DTSA ITT partnership is designed and led by outstanding school practitioners, giving our trainee teachers practical training, support and advice, combined with classroom experience in a range of schools. We work closely with TADSS who offer first/primary phase ITT opportunities in mainstream and special schools across Dorset.
Continuing Professional Learning – We provide a range of CPL opportunities:
Advice on planning, establishing and successfully running research-focussed professional learning communities or trios.
Advice and support in the areas of SEND (including assistive technology and TA training), teaching English and Mathematics, providing for the most able and technology for learning. We can offer highly-skilled SLEs (Subject Specialists) in all these areas.
Regular professional learning events, such as training days or twilight seminars for teachers and/or TAs. We organise annual CPL days for teachers in October and for TAs in February.
Induction programme for NQTs – We provide a comprehensive induction programme led by experts drawn from across our alliance. As an appropriate body, we offer a complete induction package, including registration.
Leadership Development – We encourage staff and foster their leadership skills to fulfil their potential as future leaders. We offer a number of leadership programmes linked to various career phases:
-Early Professional Development for RQTs
-Aspiring Middle Leaders programme for aspiring and current middle leaders
-Aspiring Senior Leaders programme for those aiming to progress to SLT positions
These programmes comprise twilight seminars, an enquiry-based project and opportunities to learn from established leaders in other schools or non-educational settings.
-Peer Coaching – We view coaching skills as being essential to effective leadership and for this reason we have invested considerable resource working with a professional coaching organisation (www.socialfacilitators.com) to offer a particularly high quality coaching programme.
School to School Support – We provide outreach services in the following areas:
-Subject-specific training and support in most subject areas at KS3, KS4 and A Level
-SEND (including assistive technology and TA training)
-Providing for the most able
-Technology for learning
-Whole school leadership support, including coaching and/or mentoring for Headteachers
Research - All of our work is evidence-based and underpinned by on-going research, from finding the most effective ways to develop future leaders to identifying how we might best support other schools. In addition, we are currently working on four explicit research priorities. Please let us know if you would like to find out more about any of these projects:
1. Finding more effective and efficient approaches to marking and feedback
2. How to increase parental collaboration in learning
3. Closing the Gap
-Using assistive technology such as mobile devices and literacy support software to facilitate reading, writing and speaking.
-Developing literacy skills – a multi-faceted strand involving projects in a range of schools to support students' literacy.
-Supporting EAL students
4. Trialling different approaches to raise attainment in Maths at KS2 and 3, funded by an Enthuse STEM award (https://www.stem.org.uk/project-enthuse). Strategies include 1-1 coaching by specialist TAs; peer coaching; lesson study and developing an Applied Maths programme.