Piecing the Jigsaw Together - South Coast Central Teaching Schools Conference
Piecing the Jigsaw Together - South Coast Central Teaching Schools Conference

Piecing the Jigsaw Together - South Coast Central Teaching Schools Conferen...

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Deansleigh Road



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Working collaboratively to develop a sustainable and effective self-improving school-led system which enables all our young people to excel.

Come and hear from our four engaging keynote speakers including: -

  • Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner and Rebecca Clark, South West Regional Schools Commissioner 
  • Roger Pope, NCTL
  • Christine Raeside, SHMI

There will be an opportunity to attend workshop sessions on the following ‘hot topics’ during the day: -

-          Pupil Premium

-          Multi Academy Trusts

-          Primary Maths

-          Secondary Maths

-          System Leadership

-          Early Years

-          SEND

-          Ofsted Ready

-          Recruitment & Retention


You will have the chance to speak with Teaching School leads from the following Teaching Schools and Teaching School Alliances: -

-          Twynham Teaching School

-          Wimborne Teaching School

-          Ambitions Teaching School

-          Poole Teaching School Alliance

-          Linwood Teaching School Alliance

-          SPELL Teaching School Alliance

-          ACE Alliance

-          Dorset Teaching School Alliance

-          Sigma Teaching School Alliance

-          Holt Heath Teaching Alliance


Can I register more than one delegate for the event from the same school?

Yes, but you will need to purchase each ticket seperately as each delegate needs to complete their workshop selections at the bottom of the registration page.

How do I book a governor place?

We have a limited number of free places for governors attending the conference with a paid delegate from the school they are linked to.  Please email teachingschool@twynhamschool.com if you wish to book a governor place.

How do I book the workshops I wish to attend?

You may choose ONE workshop for session 1 and ONE workshop for session 2 from the options listed below.  There are 25 places in each workshop and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please click on 'GET TICKETS' to purchase a ticket to the event and complete your workshop selections at the bottom of the registration page.  

Workshop Summaries

Pupil Premium Workshop – Presented by Dan Hurley

Raising Attainment and Closing the Gap: Disseminating good practice with the Pupil Premium

Good education systems do well by most children and great ones are particularly successful in securing successful outcomes for all children.

The Teaching Schools Alliance is committed to supporting schools in the effective use of the pupil premium to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged pupils and others. We are also committed to an inclusive school-led system, characterised by excellence and equity, as a facilitator of high quality collaboration which leads to improved outcomes for all young people.

This workshop will look at the dissemination of PP policy and practice, examine the nature of the gap across the SW, identify how to overcome barriers to progress, consider strategies for your school, review current evidence on what works well and signpost delegates to other sources of evidence and support.

Recruitment and Retention Workshop – Presented by Nicki Morton and Sharon Burt

Recruitment and Retention – what are the secrets?

Right up until 31st May, every year, most Headteachers are strapped down for the white knuckle rollercoaster ride of emotions.

If you are lucky enough to have a full complement of staff then you are just keeping your fingers crossed that you can keep them until the ‘transfer window’ closes. If you are still searching for the right members of staff then you are frantically trying to squeeze in an advert, shortlist, interview and appointment before midnight and not be one of the many schools/academies that greet the month of June with empty places in your staffing structure for September.

There must be an easier way? This workshop will provide an opportunity to share some strategies that work. How to maximise your chances of having a full complement of high quality staff and sharing some new initiatives from across the country.

Multi-Academy Trusts Workshop – Presented by Chris Carraro - RSC office, plus panel of MAT CEOs 

Hear from officers from the DfE Academies Division on the following:

-  How to set up and structure a MAT

-  What is the process and how long does it take

-  What are the DfE 'look fors' when they assess how effective your MAT is

-  Understand the role of the Regional Headteacher Board and RSC

-  How do Teaching School Alliances fit with MATs

Hear from local MAT CEOs about:

-  their experience and lessons learned

-  the advantages of a MAT

-  the pitfalls

Plus, the opportunity to question DfE officers and experienced MAT leaders.

System Leadership Workshop – Presented by Liz Garman and Laura Lombard

System leadership is central to the National College’s overall vision of a self-improving system, where schools, academies and children’s centres take collective responsibility for leading, co-ordinating and delivering sustainable school improvement.

This session will look at how school to school support, NLEs, LLEs and SLEs are working, ’piecing the jigsaw together’, to provide sustained improvement and share best practice.

Early Years Workshop – Presented by Louise Light and Alex Hustler

The aim of this workshop is to provide delegates with an understanding of the variety of Early Years support that the Holt Heath Teaching School Alliance can provide, ranging from specialist workshops, day visits, team teaching opportunities and many more.

This interactive workshop will outline how the HHTSA operates to provide high quality support. Delegates will be required to reflect and evaluate their Early Years setting. Our practitioners will then highlight the strategies and support that the Holt Heath Teaching School Alliance may be able to assist with.

Ofsted Ready Workshop – Presented by Terry Fish and Liz West

There is often a misconception that Ofsted are expecting schools to make special preparations for inspection, but this is simply not true. What is expected is that schools are well run with the interests and the achievement of their students in mind. There is also a fallacy in ‘going for outstanding’ since effective leaders are those who focus on what their particular school needs to do to raise achievement, or to maintain achievement at a high level.                                                                                                                  

This session is being led by two senior leaders:

- The Executive Headteacher of a MAT with two secondary schools and one primary school, with experience as an Ofsted inspector and

- The CEO of a First/Middle school MAT, having previously been a First School Headteacher.

Both colleagues are NLEs and Education Specialists with considerable experience of school improvement.

The session will provide the opportunity to reflect on what is important in your own setting and how to lead your school towards and through inspection.

SEND Workshop – Presented by Jo Tondeur and Sue James

Tracking Pupil Attainment

Staff from Linwood will give an overview of how we have responded to the challenge of assessing pupil attainment. We will show how, through reflection and review, we now measure our pupils’ progress. Our workshop will show how we have continued to personalise learning for all our pupils and enable them to engage with curriculum changes. We will show how pupil progress is evidenced through :

-  academic attainment

-  progress towards Statement / EHCP objectives

-  progress towards objective set by external agencies

-  “soft” / intra-personal skills such as social skills and skills for employment

Our workshop will cover both Primary and Secondary phases.

Primary Maths Workshop – Presented by Katharine Anstey and Jo Hancock

Maths - No Problem! Using textbooks and the Singapore approach

St John’s CE First school in Wimborne was chosen to be part of the Jurassic Maths Hub National Textbook project in November 2014. This project began in a Year 1 class and has now developed across the school (Yr 1- Yr 4). Katharine Anstey is head of School at St John’s and leads the Singapore project for the Jurassic Hub.

This workshop will share how the textbook material contributes to children’s’ deeper conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts. There will be an opportunity to view the textbook material, discuss and understand the Singapore approach using the Maths - No Problem Material. First hand examples will be shared of how this maths mastery approach uses the Concrete - Pictorial- Abstract (CPA) as an integral approach to the learning process.

Secondary Maths Workshop – Presented by Clare Hill

Developing pedagogy within your department

In this workshop we will explore different ways to develop pedagogical understanding within your department - through a mainly mathematics’ perspective.

From introducing topics that are new to the GCSE, to evaluating academic papers and reflecting on how they might impact day to day practice, we will examine opportunities to discuss, reflect and improve understanding of how your teachers teach and how your students learn.

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