WCTSP News Update: July 2018


WCTSP News: July 2018

SLE Recruitment: Apply by 20th April 2018


We have opened a new Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) recruitment round to help with our Teaching School Partnership's school to school support work.

We are particularly looking for English, Maths and Science SLEs but will also be interested to see applications in the other areas outlined in the application form which you can find on the School to School Support tab. This is a government approved role and the DfE application guidance is given in this link:

SLE Application Guidance

For a Word version of the application form please email

Additional background:

As a Teaching School Partnership of schools, we are asked to coordinate and provide high quality support to other schools to help with school improvement. Our Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) play an important part in this work, as they are in a privileged position to lead effective school to school improvement. SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders with specialisms in a particular field who have the skills to work with individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. By demonstrating excellence in their field, these system leaders can influence others and affect change to ensure the best outcomes for all pupils.

The benefits being an SLE is that the work is a highly regarded form or professional and leadership learning and development, enriching current leadership skills and knowledge by outward facing work in other school contexts. It is also an important role in raising the standards in education and on reflection can bring benefits back to your own practice.

Ideally, each year SLEs would be working for 5 – 10 days in other schools and should be actively looking to establish their own connections and deployments.

Our MFL SLE, Sophie Jobson says about the role:

"My SLE role has embraced the whole spectrum of school-to-school support, from the intensive to the light touch. It can be anything from an email suggesting a useful resource to observing a lesson and developing good practice. An initial meeting identifies the school's needs, followed by a plan setting out what will be involved to make improvements.

Being an SLE is an outward-facing role, looking at how your skills can be used to help others and spreading knowledge, structure and best practice. My SLE work has been incredibly rewarding and given me a positive reflection on my own teaching as I have gained as many new ideas as I have given and I have learnt as much as I have shared. I love spreading teaching and learning of MFL."


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A big thank you to all our partners who have helped generate a truly collaborative partnership over the last academic year. We have seen some inspirational activities where the sharing of latest and best educational practice is at the centre of all we do as an alliance.

This year our partnership has helped 28 new secondary school teachers gain their QTS or PGCE qualifications through the School Direct scheme, with a further 32 due to start their initial teacher training this September.

Our professional learning programme has blossomed this year, with the partnership delivering over 30 educational courses and talks to over 500 educationalists. Staff from across our alliance have helped to either lead, or be a part of the delivery, of an activity or course. These have ranged from subject based courses and TeachMeets to a range of leadership courses, as well as talks and discussions given by leading educational experts. Feedback shows a positive impact on our participants' educational practice.

At the start of the school year, we were lucky enough to be selected to play a part in the government initiative aiming to increase the equality and diversity of our school leadership teams. Throughout the year, a group of 13 middle leaders and teachers from our partner schools have been developing their leadership skills by completing our Equality and Diversity 'Leading for Impact' Programme. This has been a fantastic experience for all of us, where all 13 participants have gained their certificate qualification of the Wellington Global Leaders in Education Programme. We have all benefited by hearing from leaders from across the partnership who shared their expertise on topics such as applications and interviews, public speaking and equity and inclusion matters. Some of the participants have already gained more senior posts, all have commented that the programme has helped them grow in confidence and that it has been a positive experience both on their own educational practice as well as working with the teams around them. Well done everyone!

Our Specialist Leaders of Education have also been playing an important role in the programme by working alongside our partners through school visits, or delivering training and development activities as part of the professional learning activities.

The programme has also grown in breadth by working in tandem with our Independent State School Partnership, to bring parallel learning opportunities to both staff and pupils. This was achieved through activities such as the ChemNet and BioNet, which aimed to demonstrate where higher level study in these subjects can take pupils after leaving education. Also our Global Social Leaders Programme which we have created with United Learning and looked to develop the social leadership skills of pupils whilst developing motivation, coaching and vision and stategy skills in the attending staff of five state schools.

To watch the joint learning of educationalists and see the buzz and energy created by professionals sharing similar passions and interests, has been a real privilege and we hope to see this continue to grow over the next academic year.

We hope you all have a lovely summer and look forward to seeing you again in the autumn!


Secondary School NQT Mentor Training


Are you a new  or inexperienced NQT mentor? If so, you are invited to a free NQT mentor training, led by Yvonne Smith and Amena Sutton. This is taking place at Waingels College on Tuesday 4th July, from 4pm to 6pm.

Please email Julian Bushell by Friday 30th June to advise of your attendance:

Languages (MFL) TeachMeet



Are you enthusiastic about teaching languages? Do you love trying new ideas to inspire your students and want to meet others to collaborate with? A TeachMeet  is "an informal and enjoyable gathering of those curious about teaching and learning." Our aim is to offer a session where staff from schools in the area can network, share their ideas and hopefully acquire a few new ones to take away.

The focus of this particular TeachMeet is Teaching Film & Literature at A Level, offering an opportunity for teachers to share ideas and good practice on teaching film and literature for the new A Level specifications. It also provides a way to support each other in the delivery   of the new A Level and create a support network amongst local schools.  

We would like people to come with ideas to share through an informal talk   from 2 to 5 minutes (either individually or as a group). No idea or example   is too small. An electronic whiteboard will be available and we would ask   that if you would like to present your ideas please email these in   advance to:

This event aims to provide a platform to:

- share good practice

- support each other with the new requirements of the MFL A Level

- share a range of teaching ideas to take back to the classroom

- form a support network group

Refreshments will be available


A Level Maths SKE - Twilight Sessions


Wednesday 7 June 2017  1600-1900: Mechanics: Forces and Newton's Laws

Wednesday 14 June 2017 1600-1900 Mechanics: Graphs and constant acceleration

These sessions are aimed at Maths teachers – existing A Level Maths teachers looking   for new ideas and alternative approaches, and those new or aspiring to   teaching A Level Maths

Mechanics: Forces and Newton's Laws - What is a force? How can we   help students understand the concept? What makes for a good force diagram and   how does mechanical analysis help us solve problems? In exploring these key   questions, you will work through a series of problems designed to build   students' conceptual understanding and help them see how Newton's Laws   describe motion and acceleration

Graphs and constant acceleration - Understanding the relationship   between position and time is key to understanding mechanics. By exploring a   series of graphical problems, students can derive the constant acceleration   formulae and learn when to apply them, in addition to seeing when it is   easier simply to consider a graphical solution.

These will be led and delivered by the Head of Maths at Wellington   College. They can be taken as stand-alone units or as a pair where a   discounted rate is given if booking onto both courses.

These courses are designed to provide teaching ideas which aim to enhance   pupils' understanding of the topics and develop their problem-solving skills.   This in turn should help them access A and A* grades. The Wellington College   Maths department has crafted their own bespoke course books and materials for   teaching A-Level Maths. These resources have been based on evidence and   research of teaching Maths, from both the UK and the United States. Materials   will be made available to course participants during the courses.


Advanced Emotionally Intelligent Leadership


Join us on 12 June for our next course on Advanced Emotionally Intelligent Leadership where you can learn more about developing flourishing teams, the neuroscience behind this and why this matters to leaders. The course will also consider engagement and motivation, the power of positive relationships and dealing with conflict. 

For more information and to book your place click HERE

100% of past participants rated this course as 'excellent' with comments such as:

It was such a good course! The description of what a flourishing school is, what our values are and the findings of research and comparison with scientific research were the most enjoyable aspects.


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WCTSP Equality and Diversity 'Leading for Impact' Programme


We are pleased to be participating in this government initiative to improve the equality and diversity in school leadership. Our programme looks to address the nationally, and locally identified need to train and support women, and staff from BME groups, to progress into middle and senior leadership roles.

Our new programme started with an introductory event on 12 December 2016, including the first of our support network groups. Being a part of this NCTL project has meant we are able to provide free leadership training, coaching sessions and a support group to 13 teachers from our partner schools. Our aspiration is that the programme helps participants develop their confidence, skills and knowledge to become an effective leader, empowered to develop flourishing teams.

Each participant works towards the Certificate qualification of the Wellington 'Leading for Impact' programme, which is quality assured by the Department for Education at the University of Oxford. In this programme, partcipants sign up to a set of courses tailored to their individual needs. By completing the qualification, they will be eligible for membership of the Chartered Management Institute and we hope that they will be applying for the next step in their leadership career ambitions.


David Didau talk, 9 January 2017


David Didau visited Wellington College on Monday 9 January, to speak to teachers about his latest findings on marking and feedback. Our teaching school partners were invited to attend a free twilight session with David, where he gave a thought provoking talk, considering "What if everything you knew about feedback was wrong". Questions were raised, and considerations given, as to what makes effective feedback, and what is the difference between marking and feedback? What we know is that the power of feedback can be both positive and negative, and how you give feedback is crucially important. To read more from David Didau you can follow his blog here:

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Week 3: 'Desirable Difficulties' part 2

Fully Funded Places on Leadership Equality and Diversity Programme


We are pleased to have been awarded funding from the National College for Teaching and Leadership which enables us to offer school staff an opportunity to apply for 12 fully funded places on our Leadership Equality and Diversity Programme. We welcome applications from any staff who fit the following criteria:

• Female and/or Black and Minority Ethnic (BME).
• Someone who has the aspiration and potential for promotion to a leadership position within the next 6 to 18 months.
• Someone aspiring to middle or senior leadership.
• A member of staff from a state maintained school.
We will also consider applications from the Equality Act protected characteristics of LGBT.

Please email if you would like more information and an application form. The deadline for applications is 9 November 2016.

This funding is part of a ministerial priority to improve equality and diversity in school leadership. Both nationally and locally there is an identified need to train and support women and staff from BME groups to progress into leadership roles. We are looking for those who aspire to middle leadership roles such as Head of Year/ Department as well as to the more senior leadership roles.

The reason for this programme is that while over 75% of teaching staff in our local area are female, only 38% go on to become Headteachers, and only half of Deputies and Assistant Heads are women. Similarly, while 16% of our local school staff are from a BME group, there is no representation at Headteacher level and these groups are underrepresented in Deputy and Assistant Head roles. (Source: Department for Education: School Workforce in England: November 2015)

The programme consists of:

• Three or four days training via the Wellington Leaders in Education: 'Leading for Impact' courses,
• Teaching cover reimbursements for participation on these courses,
• Support and network sessions,
• Two x 1/2 hours of coaching,
• One assignment - approx. 10-20 hours participants own time,
• CMI accreditation on completion of the Certificate qualification of the Wellington Leaders in Education Programme: 'Leading for Impact'.

The Leadership Equality and Diversity Programme will run between November 2016 and July 2017. Its aim is to provide participants with a portfolio of knowledge and skills to help them successfully apply for leadership positions during or towards the end of this programme.


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Leading in Education


Earlier this week, we held one of our leadership courses from the Leading for Impact programme. In the Leading in Education course, participants were asked what they would be most interested in considering and the day was built around these areas. The purpose of leadership in schools was explored followed by a technique for creating a vision, which maximizes a team's engagement and commitment. Participants also considered what we can learn from neuroscience and explored the impact leaders can have on others' brain functioning and wellbeing. Difficult conversations were examined using a coaching technique called perceptual positions.

Iain Henderson, Deputy Head at Wellington College, joined the group and participated in an open discussion about his personal route onto the Senior Leadership Team and about establishing the coaching culture at Wellington College. Regarding coaching, he shared that it is about believing the coachee has the answers, and about listening and effective questioning to help the person unlock their own potential and get the best out of themselves. It is based on an 'ask don't tell' philosophy.

Dan Pink's theory of motivation was shared where he describes how autonomy, mastery and purpose are the main building blocks for what motivates us: Autonomy: the urge to direct our own lives. Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters. Purpose: the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

We wish all our participants success in their leadership journey and hope to see them and others on our future courses. Congratulations to Matt Hutchings on receiving the Wellington Global Leading for Impact Certificate, quality assured by The University of Oxford, achieving a distinction in the assessment.


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History - Remembering Srebrenica


Two courageous survivors of the 1990s Bosnian conflict, Resad Trbonja and Nedzad Avdic, last night retold their accounts of the atrocities of the siege of Sarajevo (1992 – 1995) and the genocide in Srebrenica (1995). Their message was clear, that all must be done to promote an understanding of the causes of such events so that we can learn from them and help prevent future atrocities of this nature. This was all set in the context of teaching about modern genocide and identifying the conditions that led to the events of this conflict.

The charity 'Remembering Srebrenica' aims to raise awareness of the events that took place in the Bosnian conflict so that these are remembered, reflected upon and passed on through education and other means. Despite all that the survivors went through, they wish to spread a message of kindness, tolerance and cohesion and to not allow hatred, intolerance and discrimination to persist.

Pupils from our Teaching School and ISSP partners will be attending a further session on Wednesday to hear from the two survivors and examine both the conflict, and the conditions that lead to genocide.

To find out more from the charity, please visit their website Remembering Srebrenica.

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Welcome Back


Start the new school year on a positive note by booking onto one of our professional learning courses.

WCTSP Courses Page

We hope to see you there. Have a great Autumn term.


Positive feedback from CPD Ideas Exchange


On Tuesday we held our first WCTSP CPD Ideas Exchange, and what a great session it was.

Delegates seemed to take away what they needed and more and the feedback speaks for itself.

"I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Tuesday's Ideas Exchange.  My two colleagues were "buzzing" as well and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  It really was good."

"A very passionate and positive session full of creative energy."

"The format worked well - valuable discussion."

"Will definitely go back with some ideas to discuss with SLT regarding CPD."

"An excellent learning forum."

Keep watching the website for more Ideas Exchange session.


CPD - Ideas Exchange - Come and join the discussion


Are you a CPD or Professional Learning Lead?

Would you like to join a discussion with other colleagues to exchange ideas and share best practice?

Come and join the CPD - Ideas Exchange on the 24th May at Wellington College. Click HERE for further information.

Extended Project Qualification - Ideas Exchange


Last week WCTSP hosted an Extended Project Qualification Ideas Exchange, led by Robin Drummond from Wellington College.

There was a great turn out with the opportunity for colleagues to discuss the following:

  • Share experience of delivering/co-ordinating an EPQ programme
  • Explore different approaches to running an EPQ programme
  • Ask questions/receive answers from others in the same role

The feedback from the afternoon was extremelly positive with delegates going away with "Ideas and resources that others use to take back to my school" and a "a really good opportunity to share". "Thank you for a really good afternoon".

Thank you to Robin for facilitating the session and to all who attended.

ChemNet Conference – A-Level Students


Earlier this week Wellington College (in conjunction with the WCTSP, ISSP and the RSC), hosted a CHEMNET Conference for A-Level Chemistry Students, with great success.

The programme consisted of speakers from The University of Reading, Reading Scientific Services, Glaxo Smith Klein and AWE, as well as an educational representative from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Over the course of the afternoon the students were presented with the roles of four very different chemists, the potential career routes into these jobs as well as the many opportunities that are also available within these sectors.

As a result of hearing first hand from our speakers as to how they progressed along their career paths the students were able to develop a greater understanding of the routes available to them, this also increased their awareness of the vast and exciting opportunities available.

We would like to thank our speakers for helping to make our first ChemNet event such a success. In addition we would also like to thank the schools who attended and engaged with the programme.

Speaker included:

Caroline Evans – Chemistry Teacher, Wellington College

Katie Nuttall – Royal Society of Chemistry

Howard Colquhan – Professor of Chemistry at the University of Reading

Caroline Welch – RSSL – Reading Scientific Services

Amanda Campbell – GSK

Jenny Boxwell – AWE (Defence Research)


Trainee Teacher opportunities at Collingwood College, Camberley


Collingwood College in partnership with a group of schools have the following trainee teacher positions open to start in September 2016 via the School Direct programme:

  • Computer science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Business studies
  • Modern languages
  • EnglishMathematics

If you are interested in applying via Schools Direct, please view the following film for more information or go to our website. Applications can be made for these positions through UCAS (look for Collingwood College).

If you would like to speak to Collingwood for more information, please contact:

Mrs Emma Wright

Assistant Principal - Learning and Teaching/Curriculum

Collingwood College

Kingston Road



GU15 4AE

01276 457600 Ext 205

Collingwood Vacancies


New Course - New or Aspiring Heads of Department


United Learning - Easter Leadership Programme 2016


Last week Wellington College was thrilled to host a Leadership programme for 19 Year 5 students.

In collaboration with United Learning the Wellington Leadership Institute tailored the 2 day residential course to work with the 9 and 10 year olds on understanding the role of a leader and developing their leadership skills.

For most of the students this was their first overnight away from home and had the potential to be a little daunting. However due to the nature of the 2 days they were kept busy and entertained with various activities such as Capture the Flag, a low ropes course and a number of workshops designed to help them understand what it takes to be an outstanding leader.

The sessions were mostly run by Wellington Students who are members of the Wellington Leadership Institute and on their own leadership learning journey themselves. A new challenge for them, they were exceptionally professional and organised and made a positive impression on our visitors.

The feedback from the 2 days has been extremely positive, and we are delighted to hear how the students gained a greater understanding of the traits needed to be a great leader in such a short space of time.

We would like to thank United Learning, the Wellington Leadership Institute and Students and the Year 5 Pupils and Teachers for a thoroughly successful event.

Teachers Feedback

"Seeing the children grow in confidence over the two days was fantastic. Please make it available to more pupils!"

"The Wellington College students have been a credit to their school. They have engaged beautifully with the UL pupils, developed positive relationships with them very quickly and supported them to become more resilient and confident."

"The fantastic location and the inspirational staff have made this a fabulous experience for the pupils."

Student's feedback

"I've had a great time at Wellington, making new friends and learning how to be a better leader. I learned that by helping someone, even just a little, you can be a leader – it makes me happy to know you can do that."

"Wellington College is an amazing location – it has been fun and inspirational to visit this place. I have also learnt that you can push yourself to do anything you want to do."

"We have learnt to stretch ourselves – leading might be difficult but we can stretch ourselves to do things we didn't know we could do."

"As a leader you need to listen to people – if you listen to people they will trust you and you will learn from this."

"The activities we have done have been so much fun and I have learnt a lot – I hope I get to do something like this again soon!"


Wellington Leadership Programme - Summer Courses 2016



2016 Summer Term Courses


Are you working towards your Leadership Certificate or Diploma?


Are you working towards your Leadership Certificate or Diploma?

Mindfulness for Leaders is an elective course​ taking place on the 14th March. Click here to book your place or see further information below.

For all other courses click here.


St Michael's College visit


Last Friday we welcomed 20 exceptional pupils from St Michael's College, London to spend a day at Wellington College in various different classes. Throughout the day they were engaged in practical sessions in Biology and Chemistry as well as attending sessions in Maths and Physics.

The feedback from the pupils and accompanying teachers was very positive and they all seemed to thoroughly enjoy getting a taste of Wellington life. They threw themselves into the tasks presented to them, including a class on ECG (Electrocardiogram) and understanding the Synthesis of Asprin, amongst others.


Why is Wellington bringing Exeter Math Institute to the UK for the second time?


Following on from the success of last years Exeter Maths Institute CPD course, we are happy to announce that we are running a second course in the summer term. Along side the Phillips Exeter Academy the course will take place from the 4th - 7th July 2016.

Aidan Sproat (Head of Mathematics, Wellington College), explains the reason why we have asked them to return this summer. Read Aidan's blog here.

For further information, please see the flyer below or go to our booking page.


New Effective Pastoral Care in Schools course


Sign up now for the new Effective Pastoral Care Course (21st March 2016) being led by Jess and Mike Goves, with guest speaker Ian Morris.

Register here or see the flyer below for further information.


Harkness Teaching and UK Education


Read Head of VI Form and leading Harkness practitioner Dr Guy Williams blog on a US-developed pedagogy which is growing in use over here. Read his blog here.

Guy is also working along side the Lawrenceville School, USA, to bring you the Humanities & Social Sciences CPD course in July, which will focus on Harkness teaching.

This is a unique opportunity to experience Harkness learning – the distinctive pedagogy favoured by leading schools in the US – led by an eminent and experienced practitioner from one of the world's top schools: Pier Kooistra (The Lawrenceville School, USA). For further information on this new 3 day course, see the flyer below or go to our courses page.


Humanities & Social Sciences CPD course - 4th - 6th July 2016


This is a unique opportunity to experience Harkness learning – the distinctive pedagogy favoured by leading schools in the US – led by an eminent and experienced practitioner from one of the world's top schools: Pier Kooistra (The Lawrenceville School, USA).

For further information on this new 3 day course, see the flyer below or go to our courses page.


Maths CPD with the Exeter Mathematics Institute


Following on from the success of last years Exeter Maths Institute CPD course, we are happy to announce that we are running a second course in the summer term. Along side the Phillips Exeter Academy the course will take place from the 4th - 7th July 2016

The feedback after the 4 day event was extremely positive and colleagues felt enthused at being able to take away practical teaching approaches involving the Harkness method.

For further information, please see the flyer below or go to our booking page.


Pilot study: Growth Mindset


Read the latest pilot study on Growth Mindset, and see how research can benefit you and your school.

For further information on the latest 3 part Research course starting in March, click here.

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership - 4th February


There is just over a week until the next Emotionally Intelligent Leadership course run by Katy Granville-Chapman.

Don't miss out on a space, BOOK NOW!

Previous feedback:

"Great Atmosphere created by course leader and course attendants."

"I enjoyed discussing situations with other teachers from other schools."


BOOK NOW - Linear Latin & Greek course


Led by Dr Rob Cromarty (Wellington College), and looking at set texts for the new Latin & Greek A-Level syllabus - for the first examination June 2018.

For further information and to book, click here.


Meet the Team


Today is the turn of Kate Rowley, Teaching  School Events Assistant

Name and job title         

Kate Rowley – Events Assistant

How long have you worked at Wellington College?       

I started in April 2015, so I’m not sure I can still use the “I’m new” card.

What is the first thing you do in when you get to the office?     

Make a coffee

Check my emails

Write my to do list

What do you enjoy most about working on the Teaching School programme?  

The variety of my day means I am never bored and being involved in a programme such as the Teaching School is very rewarding, especially seeing training courses run smoothly. My hours mean that I can still do the school run as well, which is important to me as I want to be as involved as I can in my sons school life.

What would you be doing if you weren’t at your current job?   

Probably organising fundraising events for the PTA at my son’s school. Or an astronaut.

If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?      

My husband, who has seen me through many ups and downs and given me the confidence to be happy with who I am with great advice and guidance…and the occasional kick up the bum.

What would a "perfect" day look like for you? 

A nice lie-in and wake up to find it has snowed and still is. Staffordshire oatcake brunch with husband and son. The rest of the day is spent skiing, sledging and making a snowman with stew and dumpling in the slow cooker. Warm up with a hot chocolate/mulled wine and watch a movie (one that I have forgotten that I like and you notice is on the TV at precisely the perfect time) snuggled under the blanket. Take away dinner of some sort with some Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and bed with a good book. All of this would preferably be in the French alps.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?         

Antarctica. It’s my last continent to visit and I love penguins and the cold. However I do NOT like boats…which could be a problem!

What was the last live show/event that you attended?

I went to see Seth Macfarlane sing Frank Sinatra at the Proms in the Albert Hall – Now THAT’s Music!

Describe yourself in 3 words?   

Conscientious, trustworthy, fun


Happy New Year


Wishing you all a very...


BOOK NOW History GCSE/A-Level top end extension course


Are you a GCSE or A-Level History teacher? Come and join us in March for an afterrnoon focusing on top end extension to stretch and challenge the more able pupils.

For more information or to book, go to our courses page.


Meet the Team


Today we meet John Kinninburgh, Assistant Head and Director of the Wellington College Teaching  School.

How long have you worked at WC?

3 and a half years

What is the first thing you do in when you get to the office?

Coffee – very important!!

What do you enjoy most about working on the Teaching School?

Planning and implementing Teacher Development programmes that are aligned to the longer term strategy of Wellington and its partners.

What would you be doing if you weren't at your current job?

Probably back in Australia or at an international school somewhere!

If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?

Impossible to identify just one. There are a couple of people who I would call 'mentors' who have had a significant impact on my professional career and personal life – they know who they are.

What would a "perfect" day look like for you?

Early morning walk along Avoca Beach, NSW or Caloundra QLD, followed by coffee and a read of the newspaper at a beachside café. Then home for breakfast with family followed by sun and surf action action. Lazy lunch followed by a catch up with friends or extended family and then a round of golf late arvo. BBQ to finish off the evening! Perfect!!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Wherever there are mountains. Himalayas, Swiss Alps, Dolomites. They are just inspiring in every way. We spent a week over the summer in the Austrian Alps and it was one of the best weeks we've ever had as a family!!

What was the last live show/event that you attended?

World Cup Rugby Final 2015. Obviously disappointed that Australia did not win but the best team in the world did. Well done NZ.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Energetic, Confident, Happy – could say tired..... we've got three kids......


BOOK NOW Engaging with Research & Evidence in Schools


Are you interested in Engaging with Research and Evidence in Schools?

Wellington College Teaching School is working in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education to bring you this brand new 3 part course starting in the spring term.

We feel this programme will give those who attend a greater understanding of developing and embedding an evidence-informed approach into their school practice.

For further information on the course content and booking instructions, please see the flyer attached.

Or visit our courses page on our website.


BOOK NOW for Character development in the Spring term


WCTSP presents an afternoon of Character Development training.

Go to for more information.


Feedback from Leadership Vision & Strategy course


The last WCTSP Leadership course of 2015 took place on Monday, and had rave reviews.

Developing a Leadership Vision & Strategy (run by Wellington's Leadership Director Katy Granville-Chapman), was a practical session aiming to give senior leaders and those aspiring to senior leadership positions both the time to reflect and the tools to create and deliver their vision and strategy. There was also the opportunity to discuss leadership issues that are of particular interest to those attending.

"It really was spot on!"

"Great balance between discussion, collaborative activity and personal work."

"Gave time to reflect on own vision and how to deliver it within the specific environment."

"Enjoyed the prioritising of strategies and how to empower people."

For more information on the Wellington Leaders in Education Programme click here.

For future Wellington College Teaching School courses visit our courses page.


BOOK NOW to attend the Science Teachmeet - 2nd February 2016


Are you enthusiastic about teaching science? Do you love trying new ideas to inspire your students and want to meet others to collaborate with? The Association for Science Education describes a TeachMeet as "an informal and enjoyable gathering of those curious about teaching and learning." Our aim is to offer a session where staff from schools in the area can network, share their ideas and hopefully acquire a few new ones to take away. 

Click here to book your place.


BOOK NOW Spring term Leadership courses


Are you a Leader with aspirations, or an aspiration to be a Leader?

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership - 4th February 2016

10am - 3pm - Wellington College

For further information and to book, go to our website.

Mindfulness for Leaders - 14th March 2016

10am - 3pm - Wellington College

For further information and to book, go to our website.

Go to our Leadership page for more information on the Wellington Leadership Programme.


Meet the Team


Todays team member in the hot seat is Alastair Dunn, Deputy Head (Organisation) and founder of the Wellington College Teaching  School.

Name and job title

Alastair Dunn, Deputy Head (Organisation) and founder of the Teaching   School

How long have you worked at WC?

Since September 2012

What is the first thing you do in when you get to the office?

A coffee with an energy drink chaser

What do you enjoy most about working on the Teaching School?

It's great working with colleagues from a range of schools and organisations

What would you be doing if you weren't at your current job?

Difficult to answer because I love the various parts of my job, including my other roles at Wellington.  A writer or a radio broadcaster.

If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping me become the person I am today,  who would it be and what did they do?

My history teacher at school. He was inspirational and made me want to work in History and Education.

What would a  "perfect" day look like for you?

Wake up with a view of the Alps, and end the day with the sun setting over them.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Would love to see more of central Europe and all its layers of History and civilisation. So much culture.

What was the last live show/event that you attended?

Julia Donaldson singing songs from her children's books.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Caffeinated; Francophile; teacher


Feedback from Emotionally Intelligent Leadership course


In the Emotionally Intelligent Leadership course teachers from a range of schools came together to discuss the latest research from neuroscience, psychology and philosophy to learn more about how understanding people can help us to lead more effectively. 

It was an exciting and lively day with participants drawing from many years of experience to help each other to solve complex leadership issues they were facing and to move forward really positively in their organisations.

"Tailored to what the participants wanted to learn, which was impressive."

"Great atmosphere created by course leader."

For further information on our Leadership Programme click here.

Along with a number of other courses, Emotionally Intelligent Leadership will be run again in the spring term. For further details see our courses page.


Developing a Leadership Vision & Strategy


Whether lookings at building a stronger team or working towards a promotion, the Developing a Leadership Vision & Strategy course is a must!

The feedback speaks for itself.


COMING NEXT TERM - Science Teachmeet



Are you enthusiastic about teaching science? Do you love trying new ideas to inspire your students and want to meet others to collaborate with? The Association for Science Education describes a TeachMeet as "an informal and enjoyable gathering of those curious about teaching and learning." Our aim is to offer a session where staff from schools in the area can network, share their ideas and hopefully acquire a few new ones to take away.

The focus of this particular TeachMeet will be on practical science. We are looking for anyone who would like to share their great ideas that they've trialed in the classroom or for teachers who are looking to be inspired by new ideas for them to try.

At present, we have the local RSC and STEMNET representatives attending, Bob Worley from CLEAPSS who will be demonstrating some microscale chemistry and also a representative from Edexcel. In addition, a research student from the University of Southampton will be demonstrating a new program which could help with combine technology and practical lessons.

You are welcome to turn up and listen but we would also love to hear from you. No idea is too big or too small so if you would like to share your ideas you can do this as a Nano presentation (2 mins) or a Micro presentation (5 mins). Projectors in a classroom as well as a practical area for demos are available so you may use whichever best suits your idea.



Are you interested in developing as a leader?


In conjunction with the Wellington Leaders in Education Programme, WCTSP are offering a number of popular courses this term.

Whether you are working towards a certificate or diploma in leadership or just interested in a particular area, these courses are not to be missed.

For futher information on the Leadership Programme visit our Leadership Page.

To book onto one the the courses below, go to the Courses Page.

We hope to see you there.


School Direct Train to Teach Information Event


Are you interested in training to teach through School Direct and want to learn more?

If so please note this Wokingham Secondary Federation Information Event date:

4pm to 5pm, on 5 November 2015, The Piggott School, Wargrave.

The Wokingham Secondary Federation are holding a School Direct Information Event to provide details to potential applicants about training to teach in the Wokingham schools. For more information or to register attendance please contact:

Geography using GIS


Are you a geographer interested in using GIS?

WCTSP are offering a course designed to enhance your understanding of the programme. Click here to book, read on for further details.


Meet the Team



Todays team member in the spotlight is Katy Granville-Chapman, Director, Wellington Leadership Institute.

How long have you worked at WC?       

8 years

What is the first thing you do in when you get to the office?     


What do you enjoy most about working on the Teaching School?           

Meeting people from a range of schools

What would you be doing if you weren’t at your current job?   

Researching and delivering leadership programmes

If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?          

It’s not possible to narrow it down to one person – I am enormously grateful to a really wide range of people who have helped me over my life in a great number of ways

What would a "perfect" day look like for you? 

For all of my family to be together for breakfast, then to go surfing in a warm sea with them, followed by some ski touring and a party with lots of friends, dancing and good food in the evening (although I think I might struggle to find a location for this perfect day)

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?         

To Nepal – I loved the people – they were so warm, generous and open. They also had a great sense of fun. The mountains are awe inspiring in Nepal, too.

What was the last live show/event that you attended?

Ironman Bolton – it was a great event!

Describe yourself in 3 words?   

Enthusiastic, positive, energetic


Effective CPD in Schools


Our Teaching School partnership ran an inspirational ‘Effective CPD’ course sharing 18 years of teaching experience from the course leader, Paul Blake, Vice Principal of The Wellington Academy.  The key messages given centred on the importance of excellent CPD, or professional learning, to shape improved teaching practice. This is arguably more important than ever in times of squeezed school budgets. Delegates were taken through the five strategic steps required to establish a high impact CPD programme which both inspires and informs staff in their schools. This should be angled to benefit all educational staff and which can be evidenced as feeding into good classroom practice.

We were lucky to hear from the motivational David Weston of the Teacher Development Trust and advisor to the government. He passed on some recent research findings and practical applications on how to run CPD that makes a difference (and what doesn’t). He also reflected on some of the findings from the recent paper ‘Developing Great Teaching’ which explores the lessons from an international review into effective professional learning.

Four CPD leads from of our partner schools also shared their experiences and CPD programmes. The aim here was to provide some practical and interesting ideas that could be passed onto our delegates. These included presentations from the Holt, Waingels College, Winston Churchill School and The Wellington Academy.

It turned out to be a highly informative session and the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership would like to thank all those who took part either as participants or in delivering valuable presentations.

The follow-on courses are bookable via our website and are taking place on 3 December (4:30pm – 7pm) and 10 March (4:30pm – 9pm).


What's On




The Wellington Teaching School Partnership take seriously how their students treat themselves and each other online and how the online responsibilities not only affects them today but will impact their future.

Former police detective and lecturer at the University of Kent Centre for Child Protection, Teresa Hughes (Girling Hughes Associates) brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to this course which touches on the why’s and how’s of this sensitive subject.

Sign up for one, two or all three sessions and you will come away with a greater understanding of online safety and how it affects you, your colleagues and most importantly your students.

15th October 2015

Online Safety Introduction: Understanding child sexual abuse behaviour both online and offline

12 November 2015

Online Safety Part 1: Facts & stats

25th February 2016

Online Safety Part 2: Online reputation and personal branding


Exeter Maths Institute - Summer 2016


Following on from the success of last terms Exeter Maths Institute CPD course, we are in discussion with the Phillips Exeter Academy to run another event in Summer 2016.

The feedback after the 4 day event was extremely positive and colleagues felt enthused at being able to take away practical teaching approaches involving the Harkness method.

More information will be released in due course.

Meet The Team


Today we introduce you to Rachel Carter, Wellington College Teaching School Coordinator.


How long have you worked at WC?

Almost two years

What is the first thing you do in when you get to the office?             

Switch on my computer and make a quick cup of coffee. I need a shot of caffeine to kick start the day!

What do you enjoy most about working on the Teaching School?   

I love that I am constantly learning, working on new initiatives and meeting proactive and inspirational people.

What would you be doing if you weren’t at your current job?           

Studying towards an MBA or something to help me develop further as an individual.

If you were to tell one person "Thank You" for helping me become the person I am today, who would it be and what did they do?   

My Economics teacher at school, Mrs Peters, who opened up a whole new world of opportunity. Her lessons were always fascinating showing her passion for the subject which has stuck with me ever since.

What would a "perfect" day look like for you?         

There are many forms of perfect days in my mind. For one thing I know the sun would be shining and at some point it would involve a relaxed meal with my family and a long dog walk through the countryside. The rest could be any number of things.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? 

I love to see new cultures, explore different ways of life and different landscape - South Africa, Sri Lanka, Mexico are all on my list.

What was the last live show/event that you attended?       

Photograph 51 in the London West End with Nicole Kidman. It was great.

Describe yourself in 3 words?           

Driven, friendly, adaptable.


WCTSP Headteachers Introduction to the New Master of Wellington College


Our partner schools had the chance to meet with the new Master of Wellington College yesterday, Julian Thomas.

The afternoon meeting gave our colleagues the opportunity to hear Julian speak with passion about the Teaching School initiative, as well as taking part in a Q&A session.

It was great to see such a good turn out as we understand how busy people's diaries can get at the beginning of term.

Julian speaking with Ginny Rhodes (Headteacher, St Crispins), Bob Elsey (Headteacher, Edgbarrow) and Robin Macpherson (Head of CPD and ITT, Wellington College)


What's On


September already!

Have you thought about your CPD? WCTSP are running a 3 part Effective Professional Learning course, starting on the 6th October 2015.

For further details, go to our courses page.


A course to provide you with the tools to plan, implement and review the impact of your professional learning (PL) programme.


To review the progress made so far with the planning and implementation of the professional learning action plans.


To deliver a presentation on the impact of the professional learning developments on your school.


The Term Ahead


Welcome to the start of the new academic year! An exciting year lies ahead for the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership. I would like to send out a particularly special welcome to all new members of staff at our Partner schools. I’m sure there will be some nervous moments but I am sure that you will thrive with the support provided by the staff at your respective schools. Good luck to all!

The purpose of this email is to very briefly update you on the forthcoming activities of the WCTSP. Before I do that, however, I would like to re-share the Purpose of the Partnership.

Our Purpose: The purpose of the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership (WCTSP) is to bring schools and strategic partners together in a collaboration that is uniquely school-led and which focuses upon the needs of educators in our partner schools. Our activities are guided by the ‘Big 6’ framework provided by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

They are:

1.Support the development of a school-led ITT system.

2.Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development (CPD).

3.Provide Leadership development opportunities.

4.Provide school to school support to other schools.

5.Designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs).

6.Engage in research and development activities.

One of our central objectives is to provide a continuum of professional development for staff with the sole objective of improving the educational attainment of pupils in all partnership schools.

Our vision is to embed within the schools we work with a strong culture of aspiration and learning, and the sharing of best practice. The development of an evidence-based approach to practice is central to this, which then feeds back into the professional development of all staff involved.

There are numerous activities coming up and our first Professional Learning courses are fast approaching. All information about courses can be found HERE.

Have a great year!

John Kinniburgh

Director of Teaching Schools

Growth Mindset and Helpfulness


Guest post by Dr. Christina Hinton, Catherine Glennon, and Abeer Alam - Harvard GSE faculty

Does a student's beliefs about intelligence impact his or her classmates' learning as well? Researchers from Harvard Graduate School of Education partnered with the Wellington Learning and Research Centre to explore the relationship between students' mindsets and their attitudes towards helping classmates. Researchers collected data from 2,627 students in year groups 7 – 13 in a diverse network of UK schools, including The Bulmershe School, St. Crispin's, and Waingels College, and Wellington College. These students took an online survey that was designed to measure their mindsets as well as their attitudes towards helping their peers.

Results reveal that students with a growth mindset are more inclined to help their classmates with academic work and beyond. There is a statistically significant positive correlation between growth mindset and helpfulness. Moreover, growth-minded students are more likely to respond that they care deeply about their peers, would go out of their way to help them, and genuinely enjoy helping others. These intriguing results suggest that if students believe intelligence can change with time and effort, they are more likely to find it worthwhile to invest time and effort in helping others improve. As one growth-minded student explained, "Helping another student contributes to improving their intelligence." With this, we see that a growth mindset not only benefits those students who have it – but also supports other students to succeed.

Key Dates & Events - Autumn 2015


The autumn term events are open for registration. 

Click here to see the key dates and events for the autumn term.

Train to Teach with School Direct in the WCTSP


Please take a look at our new School Direct film:

School Direct with the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership (WCTSP) is a great way to become a teacher. You will be placed in one of our partner schools and will be part of the school team from day one, supported by experienced teachers as well as the university accrediting the course. We have a great track record of helping trainee teachers find permanent positions as Newly Qualified Teachers. For more information and to apply for one of our School Direct positions please visit the Initial Teacher Training page of this website.

Reading Train to Teach event: 19 March 5-8pm


The Wokingham Secondary Federation will be at the Train to Teach event in Reading on 19th March (5-8pm).

For more information please visit:

Common INSET day conferences


Over 20 professional learning conferences were held across the Wellington College Teaching  School Partnership on Monday 23 February. Staff from partnership schools as well as those outside of the alliance were welcome to attend and engage in the sessions of their choice ranging from Music and SEN to the core curriculum subjects. Speakers from the various exam boards were invited to share their knowledge and staff from the partnership assisted in creating  thought provoking and informative sessions. Thank you to all who led the conferences, to the speakers and especially to the organisers from the Wokingham Secondary and Surrey Heath Federations.

Course photographs


School Direct Information Evening: 9 February


The Wokingham Secondary Federation are holding a School Direct Information Evening: on Monday 9th February 2015 from 4.00-5.30 at the Piggott School, Twyford Road, Wargrave, RG108DS.

Please come along to find out more and email to let the Wokingham Secondary Federation know you are coming.

For more information about the Wokingham Secondary Federation School Direct programme please visit their website

We also have more information about School Direct within the partnership on the  Initial Teacher Training  tab.

23 February 2015 Common Inset Day Conferences - Book Now


Wokingham & Surrey Heath Schools, together with Wellington College, are holding a range of conferences on a common INSET day: Monday, 23 February 2015. There are over 20 courses covering a whole range of subjects from the core curriculum topics to Music, Art and Network Managers. For more details on the Wokingham Secondary Federation conferences please take a look at the information booklet which can be downloaded from the following page:

To guaranteed a place please book by 24 January 2015. Please contact  for the Wokingham Federation Conferences and  for the Surrey Heath Federation conferences. There is a charge of £50 for delegates who are not from the relevant Federation.

Successful research bid with WCTSP & Winston Churchill School


We're delighted to have been successful in a bid for a new research project where the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership will be working closely with Winston Churchill School on digital strategy, technology and student feedback. Zoe Johnson-Walker, Head Teacher at the Winston Churchill School, said "We believe that working with the WCTSP will provide opportunities to develop our research skills as we strive to explore outstanding pedagogy and the use of technology and implement our findings in the classroom for the benefit of our students. Developing resilience, alongside the achievement of excellence, are aspects of our work which we feel can be developed by working with the partnership, as we all have a common moral purpose, to educate young people to be effective learners in the future."

Exciting Maths CPD with the Exeter Mathematics Institute


We are very excited to be offering  for the first time, a four day, groundbreaking  Maths course from 29 June 2015. This will be led by the highly acclaimed Exeter Mathematics Institute (EMI), from the USA, who are known for their 'Harkness' independent learning style,. This will be intensive, hands-on, onsite professional development program for secondary school mathematics teachers.  For further details please visit the 'Courses on Offer' section of our website. We are looking  to confirm the numbers attending by 15 January 2015 (this date has been extended) so that we can request the correct number of instructors to run the course. Please book your place by 15 January 2015.

Applications welcome for two new SLE positions in Maths and Science


The WCTSP is looking two recruit two SLEs, one in the Sciences and one in Mathematics. The application window will be open from 1 – 23 October.  Applications will be via a link from the DfE, which will be shared from this site once it is live. For more information about eligibility and the application process please follow this link:

Should eligible applications be received, there will be an assessment day at Wellington on 27 November. Applicants will be made aware of the outcome shortly after 5 December.

Paul Blake (The Wellington Academy) to spearhead the "Leading Educator" series


The WCTSP is delighted to announce that Paul Blake (Assistant Principal at The Wellington Academy) will deliver the Leading Educator series that is scheduled to commence this term. At The Wellington Academy, Paul's specific responsibility lies with Teaching and Learning as well as Professional Development. He joined The Academy in January 2014 and he will draw on over seventeen years of experience as an outstanding teacher to deliver a quality programme for Leading Educators within the Partnership. Paul has considerable knowledge in the area of school improvement and was notably involved in improving an Ofsted rating from 'Inadequate' to 'Good' in just 14 months at his previous school.

"I am delighted with the opportunity to spearhead the Leading Educator group on behalf of the WCTSP. Primarily directed towards outstanding practitioners and teaching and learning leads, our aim is to create a forum for the sharing of best practice from across the partnership. Ultimately, our lofty ambition is to improve the quality of teaching and learning in partnership schools through the strategic development of key staff"

Paul Blake (Assistant Principal, The Wellington Academy)

The date of the first Leading Educator meeting will be confirmed shortly but will not take place this Wednesday 1st October as previously advertised. More information to follow very soon.

Research Partnership with Harvard Faculty of Education


This Wednesday is the formal launch of Wellington College's research partnership with Harvard Faculty of Education. The project seeks to explore the broader topic of independent learning and at this event, Carl Hendrick (Head of Learning and Research) will introduce the project to Wellington College staff and partner schools along with the recently appointed Head of Professional Learning.

We are delighted that three schools from our Partnership will be involved - Waingels, Bulmershe and St. Crispins. As the project develops all research findings will be distributed to the Partnership.

Teaching School Launch Event – 16th October 2014


The Wellington College Teaching School Partnership is hosting a launch event on Thursday 16th October to promote the Partnership's activities for the next twelve months. This is an exciting event that will provide a fantastic opportunity for partners as well as other schools to learn more about our activities for the year. Email us at for more info.

Now booking online


Over the summer our Teaching School team has been hard at work updating our Partnership news and events as well as marketing and media information relating to the Partnership's activities. We are also pleased to announce that our website has undergone further development so as to enable us to promote our Professional Learning course and take bookings online.

Do follow us at @WCTSP for further information or browse our new website. We will be using both of these to promote our events over the course of the coming year. You can also sign up for our newsletter here.

Why every School needs a research champion


Wellington Colleges' Head of Learning and Research has written an interesting article about Research 'champions' in schools. Read it here.

Branding and Marketing News


It's been a busy few months with regards to our media and marketing activities and we're extremely pleased to now have our website up and running. This will serve as a useful tool to communicate all the activities of our Teaching School.

Other activity in this area over the past few months includes:

• The creation of our logo, where we gave our partner schools a design brief for their Year 9 pupils, to help with the creation of a logo for the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership. This followed the suggestion from one of our partner schools and we received some fabulous entries. After much deliberation we selected the winner, Amie Westwood, from Waingels College and we have used her wonderful design to inspire our new logo which you can see at the top of the screen. Well done Amie, we hope you will be proud to see your design in use!

• The setting up of a twitter feed, WC Teaching School @WCTSP, which we will use to update our followers with the latest activities of our Teaching School as well as highlighting any relevant news articles.


New website launched


After months of planning and hard work behind the scenes, we are pleased to present our new website. A growing resource base of information about the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership, we hope you will find it useful and look forward to hearing your feedback.

The Wellington College Teaching School Partners