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Talking Shop..…

This week, many of our headteachers attended the WGSP Partnership Network Meeting, the theme of which was The Talking Shop. They heard Mimi Hughes from The Oracy Hub talk about the latest research into oracy and how it can help in developing confidence, resilience, and motivation as well as improving communication skills. She had the heads standing up and trying to loosen their face muscles by reciting How Now Brown Cow and flopping from the waist to learn how to breath!

Julia Dowding from Mitcheldean CofE talked about The Oracy Project: Talk for Talk Sake (funded by Dene Magna and supported by Pie Corbett), which her school and eight other partnership schools had participated in. The project involved teachers and TAs working as reading / story partners with small groups of children for 12 weeks. They supported daily sessions focused on providing a rich language experience through sharing rhymes, stories and talk. Although the groups were small, the results showed that this short-term input had a positive impact on children's narrative oral language compared to the control groups.

Our last main session of the day was led by Rachel Dare, Executive Head at Lydney CofE, our newly accredited Teaching School. She outlined the role the Forest of Dean Teaching School Alliance will play and what it means for our partnership schools, WGSP and most important of all, the children in our schools. A tremendous achievement with lots of exciting times ahead.

Our next Partnership Network Meeting is on 30th January 2019 and our main speaker will be high profile headteacher Clare Sealy from St Matthias in Tower Hamlets. She will be talking about her school's rich knowledge-based curriculum which Ofsted described in June 2018 as "innovative and having a significant impact on pupils' achievement."– very topical with all the proposed changes to the Ofsted framework next year.


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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    CPD opportunities which improve standards in our schools and meets the needs of staff and governors within our partnership.

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  • SCHOOL TO SCHOOL SUPPORT

    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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  • WGSP MEMBERS

    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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