A look back at autumn term 2016

With Christmas a mere five days away and the cold starting to bite, it’s hard to believe we were having a late summer heatwave on those first few days of term in September. A lot has happened since then – both in Southwark and the world outside – and, as is traditional at this time […]

Recruiting and retaining great teaching and leadership talent in Southwark

On 8 November a group of headteachers came together to consider how to meet the challenges we face around the recruitment and retention of great teachers and leaders in Southwark. By the end of the morning we had a good grasp of the issues; some ideas to tackle them; and the suggestion of forming a […]

So what is Southwark Teaching School Alliance anyway?

After a whirlwind seven weeks as the new Director of Southwark Teaching School Alliance (STSA), half term offers a moment to pause and reflect. The questions at the forefront of my mind were posed recently by a new-to-Southwark headteacher who asked what STSA is and where it fits in the wider Southwark landscape. The answers […]

Supporting Parental Engagement

At STSA we are always looking at ways to support schools in involving parental engagement.  We are now beginning to create a network of practitioners who are involved in working with parents and we are beginning to meet regularly meet to share good practice.  If you are interested in joining this group, please email enquiriesstsa@gmail.com. […]

1 day NLP course for teachers

Over the last 10 years the skills, tools and techniques from NLP have been increasingly useful for teachers in the classroom and with parents and colleagues. NLP can have a real impact on learning to learn and teaching, enabling teachers to become more reflective and skilful leaders of learning’. Techniques taught in the Evolution NLP […]

FREE CPD: Last chance to sign up! Effective Leadership

STSA are offering two FREE sessions on effective leadership. These sessions will be run by Nicola Noble and Liz Robinson (NLE) both highly experienced trainers and headteachers. At each session they will be providing support on a variety of topics and participants will be able to choose which are the most appropriate sessions for them: […]

‘Supporting children with SEND – Strategies to develop early learning and communication.’

‘Supporting children with SEND –  Strategies to develop early learning and communication.’ This term STSA ran a session on ‘Supporting children with SEND –  Strategies to develop early learning and communication.’  The session was run by Shona Morgan and covered the following: Early learning – overview of EYFS and small steps to learning. Developing an […]

Day Two of Outstanding Maths course – Differentiation and Planning

Day two of the STSA Outstanding Maths beyond the NQT year course was again packed with learning.  Students reflected on their gap tasks and discussed the impact that the course had had on their teaching so far.  As well as looking closely at differentiation and planning, the topics covered were: Challenge & Engagement – instilling […]

Outstanding Mathematics Course gets everyone talking about Maths!

  Making Every Lesson Count Outstanding Mathematics – Beyond the NQT Year (Key Stage 1 and 2) STSA “I have learnt lots of practical ideas that I can use in class. Also really interesting talking to other teachers in Year 1. Lesson observation was most useful.” (Course participant) On 6th October Charles Dickens Primary School […]

STSA Schools Direct Students receive excellent phonics training

Full on phonics! As part of our provision for Schools Direct Students in the Southwark Teaching School Alliance, we offer a supplementary programme of courses. The first of these courses was an introduction to teaching phonics for students. The course focused on developing students’ phonics subject knowledge and explored a range of activities to support […]