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."


Teaching School Courses: Autumn 2017


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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


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.


Happy New Year


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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.


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.


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.


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)


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!"


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.


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.


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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.



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:

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.

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.


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.

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