This week, Chairs of Governors from ten of our schools came together to lay the foundations for establishing a WGSP Chairs' Network Meeting for our schools.
Chairs play an important role in setting the mission, vision and ethos of their school and hold a primary responsibility for driving strategies and change to improve outcomes for our pupils, it can however be a lonely job. The group agreed that Chairs meeting to discuss common issues and supporting each other would be of great benefit to their schools and to themselves. The Chairs felt that the network would:
- Provide a good cross section of governor backgrounds "to see the bigger picture"
- Would enable a group of Chairs to have a "louder" voice than an individual Chair
- Provide cross fertilisation of practice
- Maintain individuality whilst co-operating on common ground
The Chairs identified areas for collaboration, foci for the network and established ground rules for future meetings.This included:
- Meetings would be held three times / year and governed by Chatham House rules
- Providing support for recruitment of new headteachers
- Developing community wide strategies
- Comparing governor arrangements
- Providing support to schools expecting Ofsted from recently inspected schools
- Share finance budget challenges
- Sharing skills of specialist Chairs / Governors
The next meeting will be held in May when the Network will produce their first collaborative work – developing a New Governor Pathway for use in our schools.
If Chairs are interested in attending future WGSP Chairs Network Meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Half Term!
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 email@example.com and we will add you to the ever growing list of people who want to know more!
Leigh and Julia