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Our latest Newsletter can be viewed on WGSP Newsletter 22nd March 2019

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Definitely More than Just A Jolly!

At our Partnership Network meeting this week, 26 of our headteachers reviewed the way we provide CPD and discussed the fact that CPD is not just a jolly but needs to demonstrate real impact and value for money.We also discussed the latest research that shows CPD made up of a 'one-off' session is unlikely to have much, if any, real impact, and that effective CPD needs to be of a sequence of events, where the initial 'input' of an expert is just the beginning with staff being given the opportunity to 'try out' the new ideas, evaluate, discuss implementation and impact with peers followed by further CPD with the expert to review progress so far and set the next steps.We have decided that this approach alongside developing networks for YR-Y1, Y2-Y3 and Y4-Y5 which include all core subjects, will achieve more impact and is the way forward for our partnership next year- so watch this space!

Other sessions on the day included:

  • A review of our draft strategy 2019-22 which outlines our plans for the next few years and the impact we hope they will have.
  • Claire Ridsdale, Liz Thomas and Liz Southwell, our expert trainers, also delivered top tips and key messages on the Statutory Assessment 2019 so Far for KS2 writing, KS1 reading & maths and science.This provided heads with a solid base on which to support assessment in their schools.This will be followed by a dedicated session on 9th May, when heads will have the opportunity to undertake supported moderation and look in depth at assessment in these key areas.More information in next week's newsletter.
  • A Headteachers' Guide to Phonics delivered by Laura Jones, one of our SLEs.The heads had great fun trying out the low-priced phonics games which Laura uses – this included an adapted version of Pass the Bomb!
  • Annalise Price-Thomas outlining the proposal for the development of Local Inclusion Hubs across the county. The vision is for clusters of schools to share good practice across schools and provide funding for group and individual interventions to meet the needs of pupils earlier and more effectively.

The day was definitely not just a jolly but just one part of the development of our partnership and our schools which will have impact on the outcomes for our children!


The Future is Very Bright!

WGSP are delighted to announce that after many years of hard work by schools in the Forest, Lydney C of E Primary School has been designated as a Teaching School and will lead our alliance which will be known as:

The Forest of Dean Teaching School Alliance

WGSP will work very closely with the FoDTSA and will continue to provide high quality CPD but will now do so on behalf of our alliance.

This is the start of an exciting journey that will benefit the children and staff of the Forest of Dean and we look forward to the many opportunities that it will bring.


Training the Next Generation of Teachers

Our WGSPschoolsdirect programme for September 2019 has now gone live on the DfE website Get into Teaching where you can search for more information on our programme using one of the following:

  • Name: WGSPschoolsdirect
  • Training provider code: 2C1
  • Training programme code: 3CPC

You will also find more information on the Schools Direct section of our website.

Nothing matters more to the success of our pupils than the quality of teachers in our schools. To ensure that this continues, we set our bar high when recruiting students and provide them with a thorough training programme which makes use of the many experts across our schools as well as experts from outside of our partnership. As the Schools Direct approach means students are in school from day one, every day spent in the classroom working alongside class-teachers and mentors, is training. Students also receive a dedicated CPD programme covering all aspects of the curriculum and pedagogy and are fully supported by their school-based mentors.

We've made sure that a strong culture of support exists for our students and provide opportunities for them to work across a range of key stages and types of school. As a result, we have students who emerge from their training fully prepared for the intensity of their first years in the profession and passionate and inspired about the difference they can make in the years ahead.

We are looking for potential candidates to train to teach with us. Do let us know if you are interested in teaching or know someone who is! We have unlimited spaces for the programme which runs through the year from October to the end of June.

So what are you waiting for?

Come and join us!


WGSP CPD Programme 2018-19

We have lots of exciting events organised this year. Information about the WGSP CPD Programme is being added to the website over the next few weeks so watch this space. If you would like to be added to our CPD update circulation list, please email info@wgsp.co.uk and we will add you to the ever growing list of people who want to know more!

Leigh and Julia


  • ABOUT WGSP

    The WGSP is a strong cohesive partnership of the 39 primary schools in the Forest of Dean from Newent down to Tutshill plus one in Tewkesbury and the Gloucester & Forest APS.

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  • RAISING STANDARDS

    Raising standards within our schools by sharing information and good practice, peer review, supporting leadership progression and succession planning.

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    Providing a supportive network for our schools by offering support to schools and within schools by our schools.

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    We are looking for the next generation of stand-out teachers - students who are excited about making a difference to our children and our schools - come and join us!

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    The West Gloucestershire Schools Partnership comprises of the 38 primary schools in the Forest of Dean plus one in Tewkesbury, and the Gloucester and Forest APS

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    Information, tools and resources to govern our partnership.

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