Jim Heal (English Teacher and Behaviour & Discipline SLE) describing the use of Harkness to develop Independent Learning

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Teaching School Courses Spring 2018

27/11/17

Teaching School Courses: Autumn 2017

26/09/17

Secondary School NQT Mentor Training

4/07/17

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: jbushell@bulmershe.wokingham.sch.uk

Languages (MFL) TeachMeet

20/06/17

 

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: giles.may@edgbarrowschool.co.uk

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

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A Level Maths SKE - Twilight Sessions

7/06/17

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.

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Advanced Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

10/05/17

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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Restorative Practices in Schools - 6th March 2017

30/01/17

Happy New Year

5/01/17

Happy Christmas from everyone at WCTSP

16/12/16

Spring & Summer 2017 Courses

9/12/16

A Level Maths SKE - 2017 sessions

2/12/16

A-Level Maths SKE - Calculus & Trigonometry

11/10/16

Pupil Premium (Behaviour & Attendance) - Ideas Exchange

7/10/16

Leading in Education

6/10/16

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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English: The Changing GCSE syllabus and pupil skillset

29/09/16

History - Remembering Srebrenica

27/09/16

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.

History Extension Teaching Genocide: Lessons from Srebrenica

7/09/16

Welcome Back

5/09/16

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.

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Positive feedback from CPD Ideas Exchange

27/05/16

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.

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CPD - Ideas Exchange - Come and join the discussion

10/05/16

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

4/05/16

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.

New Course - New or Aspiring Heads of Department

20/04/16

United Learning - Easter Leadership Programme 2016

19/04/16

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!"

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Wellington Leadership Programme - Summer Courses 2016

19/04/16

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2016 Summer Term Courses

18/03/16

Are you working towards your Leadership Certificate or Diploma?

2/03/16

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.

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

1/03/16

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.

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New Effective Pastoral Care in Schools course

1/03/16

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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Harkness Teaching and UK Education

24/02/16

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.

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

29/01/16

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.

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Maths CPD with the Exeter Mathematics Institute

27/01/16

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.

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Emotionally Intelligent Leadership - 4th February

25/01/16

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."

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BOOK NOW - Linear Latin & Greek course

15/01/16

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.

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Wishing you all a very...

17/12/15

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

15/12/15

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.

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BOOK NOW Engaging with Research & Evidence in Schools

10/12/15

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.

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BOOK NOW for Character development in the Spring term

9/12/15

WCTSP presents an afternoon of Character Development training.

Go to http://wctsp.org.uk/courses.php for more information.

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Feedback from Leadership Vision & Strategy course

2/12/15

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.

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

2/12/15

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.

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BOOK NOW Spring term Leadership courses

2/12/15

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.

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Feedback from Emotionally Intelligent Leadership course

24/11/15

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.

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Developing a Leadership Vision & Strategy

13/11/15

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.

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COMING NEXT TERM - Science Teachmeet

6/11/15

 

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY.

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Are you interested in developing as a leader?

3/11/15

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.

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Geography using GIS

19/10/15

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.

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Effective CPD in Schools

8/10/15

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).

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What's On

2/10/15

DO YOU KNOW WHO CAN SEE/ACCESS YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILES?

DO YOUR STUDENTS?

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

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Exeter Maths Institute - Summer 2016

24/09/15

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

22/09/15

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.

EFFECTIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING—Part 1 (6th October 2015)

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

EFFECTIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING—Part 2 (2nd December 2015)

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

EFFECTIVE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING—Part 3 (10th March 2016)

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

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The Term Ahead

14/09/15

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

Key Dates & Events - Autumn 2015

30/06/15

The autumn term events are open for registration. 

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

New website launched

19/06/14

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