Opportunity for all: strong schools with great teachers for your child (White Paper Summary)

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White PaperOn 28 March 2022 the Department for Education published a Schools White Paper called Opportunity for all: strong schools with great teachers for your child.

This is an at-a glance guide to the newly announced policies it contains, drawn from the paper’s four chapters:

  1. An excellent teacher for every child

  2. Delivering high standards of curriculum, behaviour and attendance

  3. Targeted support for every child who needs it

  4. A stronger and fairer school system

Two ‘national ambitions’

The government has set two national ambitions for 2030:

  1. 90% of primary school children to achieve the expected standard in reading,

    writing and maths, and the percentage of children meeting the expected

    standard in the worst performing areas will have increased by a third.

  2. In secondary schools, the national GCSE average grade in both English language

    and in maths will increase from 4.5 to 5.

Download the White Paper Here

Vacancy - Millbay Academy Deputy HT (Secondary) - Quality of Education.

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Millbay AcademyMillbay Academy, Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint an exceptional person to join our Senior Leadership Team as Deputy Head Teacher in September 2022.  

Post: Deputy Head Teacher (Secondary) – Quality of Education

Location: Millbay Academy, 22 Millbay Road, Millbay, Plymouth PL1 3EG

FTE Salary Range: Leadership Scale L10-L16; £52,721 rising to a maximum of £61,164 per annum; (depending on qualifications and experience)

Contract Type: Permanent; full time, 52.14 weeks per year

Contract Hours: 32.5 hours per week; Monday to Friday

Apply Here

Maths at the Transition

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Plymouth Schools - Maths at the Transition

You will be aware that Plymouth is one of the four national pilots for developing a place-based approach to school improvement. As part of the plan there are some funded cross phase opportunities for colleagues to engage in. The Plymouth Maths at the Transition programme is designed for maths leads to engage with the best available evidence from the EEF, work with maths experts in Plymouth and engage in cross-phase collaboration to improve pupils’ transition experience in maths. 
The training is aimed at primary and secondary Maths Leads and will be led by Debbie Weible, (Evidence Lead in Education for primary maths, Devon maths hub lead for CODE maths hub and lead maths PD across the region) and Sandra Westlake (Evidence Lead in Education for secondary maths, expert teacher for the Mathematics Enhancement Project and Head of Mathematics at Dartmouth Academy).  Jon Eaton, Director of Kingsbridge Research School will support maths leads with implementation.  In addition, participants will engage in work groups led by the maths hub.
The intention is to create a collaborative forum where primary and secondary schools can work together to improve pupils’ transition experience in maths.  This is not about rewriting the whole curriculum – it is about making small, evidence-informed improvements over time.
This programme is fully funded by Plymouth City Council and is FREE to schools.

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Talent Management & Succession Planning

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Talent Management & Succession Planning


Unique content that relates to the Plymouth context
Plymouth teachers within the first 2 to 3 years of their career who have shown an interest in, and aptitude for the leadership of subjects or other school areas.

6 months course including master-class lectures, 2 days shadowing experience, a half-day conference including national speakers and access to high quality resources.

Free to Plymouth Teachers!

Meta Memory CPD Sessions

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meta memory cpdWe are delighted to announce that as part of the Area Wide Funding GCSE support programme for Spring/Summer Term '22, Thinking Schools Academies Trust in partnership with the Plymouth Place Based Plan, will be delivering a programme of 'Meta-Memory' CPD sessions for all secondary teachers, subject leads and T&L leads across the city. High quality pre-recorded sessions will come online from 29th April via the TSAT website (link to follow) so that colleagues can watch asynchronously with their subject teams to help inform planning for the final few weeks of term before GCSE examinations start. 
The first two sessions, Meta Memory Modules 1 & 2 will be for all secondary teachers regardless of specialism and provide an explanation of which teaching strategies make the most of long term memory and the science behind retrieval.

The subsequent 3 sessions will have a focus specifically on Maths, English and Science lessons with subject specific, evidence informed masterclasses for teachers and leaders of those core subjects on how to optimise the last few weeks of learning before students start their GCSE examinations.

Download the flyer here