PLEASE BE AWARE WE HAVE AN EXTRA DATE ADDED FOR PAEDIATRIC FIRST AID IN JANUARY 2018
Governor Network Meeting
On Thursday, 20 governors from 10 schools came together to listen to a range of speakers on different issues.Carole Phillips from Yorkley School talked about how Nurture makes an impact on improving challenging behaviour and developing the self-esteem of children. Pam Howell from Severnbanks talked why it is important to think beyond simply closing the gaps because….
•If overall achievement is low, narrowing the gap is meaningless.
•Focusing on the gaps can limit aspirations.
She explored why it is important to understand pupils' needs and the barriers to learning to raise aspirations.
Karen Powell, our experienced governor trainer explored the new competency framework for clerks and how governing bodies can work more effectively with clerks.Throughout the evening, there was lots of opportunities for governors to share their own experiences and learn about practices in other schools.
The comments received included:
"very positive, beneficial and worth attending"
"knowledgeable speakers, good subjects, great nibbles"
Come and join us at the next Governor Network Meeting on 11th January 2018
Growing Our Own! - WGSP School Direct
This month has seen the start of an exciting new development for our partnership – teacher training! We already have a reputation for developing staff within our partnership, so this was the next logical step. At the beginning of the month, five students started the WGSP Schools Direct Programme. This is an innovative route into teaching which enables our schools to take a leading role in teacher training, working in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire.
School Direct is a way of our schools growing our own teachers and future leaders, so from the beginning of the programme, the students become part of our network of schools with the intention of employing them as teachers once they qualify. The students will be working in schools within our partnership and studying at the university. Their learning will be supported by teachers, mentors and university tutors from across the partnership and a unique training package carefully tailored to suit the needs of the schools, their pupils and their future teachers!
We have also just been informed that we were successful in our application to continue our Schools Direct Programme in 2018-19 and have been allocated nearly double the number of places we have this year. We will start recruiting for this very soon so watch this space!