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

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Teaching School Courses: Autumn 2017

26/09/17

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

WCTSP Equality and Diversity 'Leading for Impact' Programme

10/01/17

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.

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David Didau talk, 9 January 2017

10/01/17

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: http://www.learningspy.co.uk/%20

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

Fully Funded Places on Leadership Equality and Diversity Programme

19/10/16

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 mailto:WCTSP@wellingtoncollege.org.uk 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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A-Level Maths SKE - Calculus & Trigonometry

11/10/16

Pupil Premium (Behaviour & Attendance) - Ideas Exchange

7/10/16

English: The Changing GCSE syllabus and pupil skillset

29/09/16

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.

ChemNet Conference – A-Level Students

29/04/16

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)

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New Course - New or Aspiring Heads of Department

20/04/16

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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St Michael's College visit

1/03/16

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.

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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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Meet the Team

15/01/16

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

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Happy New Year

6/01/16

Wishing you all a very...

17/12/15

Meet the Team

11/12/15

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......

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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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Meet the Team

27/11/15

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

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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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School Direct Train to Teach Information Event

20/10/15

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: jbushell@emmbrook.wokingham.sch.uk

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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Meet the Team

8/10/15

 

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?     

Chat!

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

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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.

Meet The Team

24/09/15

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.

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WCTSP Headteachers Introduction to the New Master of Wellington College

23/09/15

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)

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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.

The Wellington College Teaching School Partners