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Ongoing engagements with PRTSA

29 Oct 2019   |   Jonny Wathen, CIO & Amy Hinchliffe, Operations Manager   |   Wellspring Academy Trust

School Direct 2020/21 – Initial Teacher Education
UCAS is now open for the 2020/21 School Direct programme!  The Positive Regard programme provides a pathway into teaching, allowing individuals who have just completed their degree, or those considering a career change, to combine teacher training and learning within a school-based setting.

We are excited to be working in partnership with three universities; Bishop Grosseteste University, Leeds Beckett University and Sheffield Hallam University to ensure that candidates can train locally.  Placements are available across all sectors and phases of education utilising our network of Primary, Secondary and Special school settings.

Bespoke programmes can be designed to meet individual needs and aspirations. Our inclusive programme is delivered by our network of expert practitioners and demonstrates throughout that relationships really do make the difference. Interested? Further information is available at our information event taking place on Friday 15th November 2019 (9:00 – 10:30).
Individuals can access the event virtually from your local Digital Hub or attend in person at the Digital Media Centre, Barnsley.


Maths Network
The next Maths Network will be held at Greenacre School, Keresforth Hill Road, Barnsley S70 6RG on Wednesday 29th January 2020, 10:00 – 14:00.
The focus of the session will include:

  • Maths Of The Day
  • Third Space Learning resources
  • Big Maths and Corbett Maths
  • Early Bird Templates
  • Calculations Policy – Progression

Further information about the network group can be accessed via the Maths Portal link on Wellspring Digital.


Primary Reading Network
On Wednesday 25th September 2019, Forest Academy hosted the Primary Reading Network meeting that focused on reading and writing vocabulary development. Ten colleagues from across the Trust were in attendance and able to share ideas, best practice and resources. A product demonstration of Reading Cloud software was also received by the group. The next Reading network will be held at Bramley Park Academy, Fairfield Hill, Bramley, Leeds LS13 3DP on Thursday 23rd April 2020, 10:00 – 14:00.


Arbor Training
A programme Arbor training was delivered at locations across the region during the autumn half term. The first of these sessions demonstrated the power of the Arbor
‘Interventions’ module to track, monitor and evaluate the impact of interventions, such as pupil premium activities.

The session was held on Friday 20th September 2019
in order to support colleagues who attended the Pupil Premium conference at the Holiday Inn, Doncaster. Arbor ‘Assessment’ workshops were also scheduled to demonstrate the assessment tools available that support formative, summative and adhoc assessments tracking. An exciting new development was showcased that enables standardised test data to flow automatically
from Hodder products (PIRA, PUMA & GAPS) in to Arbor for instant analysis at individual Academy or Trust wide levels. Assessment workshops were held at:

  • Beacon Academy, on Tuesday 15th October 9.00 – 15.30
  • Springwell Alternative Academy Grantham, on Monday 7th October 9.00 – 15.30
  • Springwell Leeds Academy (South Site), on Wednesday 16th October 9.00 – 15.30

The ‘Communications and Parental Engagement’ sessions looked at a range of tools that are also available to improve parental engagement such as; the new parent app, the parents evening booking system and parental correspondence tools. During the session, some academies identified potential cost/time savings that could be realised by reducing the number of systems they currently use or streamlining their current ways of working.  The sessions took place at:

  • Littlecoates Primary Academy on Thursday 26th September 9.00 – 15.30
  • Springwell Alternative Academy, Lincoln on Monday 30th September 9.00 – 15.30
  • Springwell Leeds Academy (South Site), Leeds on Friday 4th October 9.00 – 15.30
  • Digital Media Centre, Barnsley on Tuesday 1st October 9.00 – 15.30

This coordinated approach resulted in a saving of over £6500 in training costs to our academies in addition to providing an opportunity for colleagues to network with
peers from across our growing community. The times and locations of all future training sessions is available on the Wellspring Digital calendar and Positive Regard website.


Leadership Development Programmes
Positive Regard welcomed the first two cohorts of colleagues to our new leadership programmes in September. The 30th September 2019 saw our Level One Aspiring Leaders
Programme explores concepts such as ethical leadership, leadership styles and becoming a reflective leader in their first module. Delegates are now looking forward to the
next part of the programme… the professional encounters residential!

Our Level Two Senior Leadership Cohort commenced their programme on 11th October 2019. Leaders undertook critical self reflection, developed professional learning networks and considered
their personal leadership manifestos. The next module will support leaders to develop their financial knowledge and data analytics skills.

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