Free Teacher CPD for AQA Geography teachers lead by Simon Ross

Simon is the former Head of Geography and Assistant Head at Queen's College, Taunton. He’s a consultant and a teacher trainer and has worked on a wide range of geography resources, including GCSE Geography AQA and AQA Geography A’Level and AS for the 2016 specifications.

·Introduction to AQA assessment

·Delegates will then look at a sample of specimen answers for physical and human geography (Papers 1 and 2) together with examiner comments.

·Simon will also be able to share specimen answers for the Paper 3 fieldwork section. We will consider strategies for teaching exam technique in the classroom.

Date: 22nd January 2018
Venue: The Castle School, Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 5AU

Women into Leadership (WiL)

Women into Leadership is a programme to develop women leaders. In recent BBC news 86% of women reported that they felt they were unable to have the same opportunities in their careers as men. With such a talent pool in our women teachers, we see many deciding that they cannot pursue a career and have a family. We lose great teachers and potential leaders this way as many do not return to leadership once their children are at school, believing they no longer have anything to offer or they have missed their chance. We want to remedy that. The programme gives 30 women participants the opportunity to personal coaching from great leaders, a programme of conferences and workshops and a school- based project to practise those skills and enhance their CVs. (Fully funded. School pays part supply only).

Wednesday 31st January
Tuesday 13th March

Free Event - Understanding Teenagers - feeling well, being well, doing well by Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan is a multi-award-winning author and international expert on teenage brains and mental health, how stress impacts wellbeing and performance, effects of screens and social media and the science of reading for pleasure. A former teacher and dyslexia specialist, Nicola was a prize-winning novelist whose career changed after the success of her best-selling examination of the teenage brain, Blame My Brain, short-listed for the Aventis Prize, and The Teenage Guide to Stress, winner of the School Library Association award in both readers’ and judges’ categories. The Teenage Guide to Friends, her popular teaching resources, and the forthcoming Positively Teenage and The Teenage Guide to Life Online, have established Nicola as the go-to expert in her field.

Date: 19 February 2018
Venue: The Castle School, Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 5AU

School to School Support

The Castle is a National Support School and the head is the NLE. However we know that each school is different and that School to School Support may be better coming from one of our other schools that share contexts. When the Alliance is contacted for S2S support, the first stage is for the NLE to meet with the Head usually but sometimes the Chair of Governors to discuss what is needed and the way forward. The next step is to broker the support amongst Alliance schools depending on the subjects and/or skills and experience needed for the receiving school. Access to all CPD programmes is included in the support, membership of the Alliance and the Head is invited to attend the core group meetings. 

NPQH Middle Leadership Programmes

LSSW is a not-for-profit charitable Trust, formed and governed by leading Teaching Schools to provide leadership training for teachers across the South West of England. The purpose of the Trust is clear: to develop outstanding school leaders who raise standards of achievement. The programmes are designed and led by experienced school leaders for aspiring leaders 

NPQML Level 1 Programme Summary

NPQML Level 2 Programme Summary

NPQML Level 3 Programme Summary


Sometimes the LA will fund this or the DfE. Schools may wish to fund any work themselves and the NLE will discuss this with the Head/ Chair of Governors at the initial meeting.

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