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Welcome to Wessex Teach

Our aim is to support all schools in our trust to offer the very best opportunities to staff and students through a collaborative approach to professional learning.

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Career Advice

We are here to support and guide, to answer questions:

What steps do I need to take to develop my career?
What courses are available to me?
Am I eligible to train?
How do bursaries work?
For teachers: What subject should I teach?

Training Event

Professional Network

We provide regular training sessions, meetings, webinars and give you access to our annual conferences.

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Share Best Practice

We facilitate the sharing of experiences with like minded people. Helping you to learn and develop within your role and share best practice.

News and Notices

NPQ Application Window

Wessex Multi-Academy Trust & Best Practice Network are pleased to announce that the application window for the National Professional Qualification (NPQ) Autumn 2022 Spring 2023 Intake is open.

Why choose us as your NPQ Delivery Partner?

  • DfE accredited qualifications delivered by local leaders
  • NPQs for all leadership levels
  • Fantastic support from initial application to graduation
  • Flexible delivery fits around your timetable
  • Based on the latest research and evidence
  • A blend of Face-to-Face events and online training

Click here to learn more

Online CPD Seminar for Wessex MAT teachers

Alex Quigley – Closing the vocabulary gap

Join us for a twilight seminar run by Alex which will focus on the importance of teaching vocabulary well, regardless of the age or subject we teach. Alex will provide practical tips on helping to close the vocabulary gap and will share his expertise in this area.

To book a place, please register your name and email address using this form

'Alex is a former teacher of over 15 years, who now works for a national educational charity. He is the author of the 'Closing the Gap' literacy series, along with being a columnist for TES and Teach Secondary magazines. Alex is passionate about ensuring every pupil can access the school curriculum and read and write with skill and confidence’

Date: Tuesday 17th January – Online (16:00 – 17:30)

DASP-Wessex Teachers' Conference 2022

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Shaping a culture of hope and optimism for now and for future generations. Celebrating and embracing difference, where belonging is key.

This year's teachers' conference focussed on raising awareness of both the challenges and immense opportunities that EDI brings our partnership. Following a key note address from Aisha Thomas, founder of Representation Matters, more than 15 seminar leaders from our own schools, alongside guest speakers from across the country, led a programme of inspirational seminars for our teachers. All 350 of our teachers were together for the day at Thomas Hardye School and the event was a resounding success in moving forward our thinking around embracing difference. Many colleagues commented on how the day helped them to feel empowered to contribute to their schools' focus on EDI.

Date for your diary - DASP-Wessex Professional Learning Day for Teaching Assistants - Friday 10 February 2023

Complete Your NPQ with Wessex MAT

Wessex Teach is proud to be working with Best Practice Network/Outstanding Leaders Partnership to deliver the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) to colleagues across Wessex MAT and beyond.

The frameworks for the NPQs draw from the very latest evidence and research into pedagogy, behaviour, curriculum and more.

We are initially offering two NPQs:

Full details for each of the NPQs, including the registration form and information on funding, can be found at www.outstandingleaders.org/npq or www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/npq. The team at Best Practice Network can be contacted through the live-chat function of their web site or you can send enquiries to npq@bestpracticenet.co.uk .

Our teacher training courses for 2022-2023 are now open. You can complete your application online at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training

Bursaries and scholarships for ITT in 2022-2023 have just been announced – they include:

Tax-free bursaries of £24,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. Scholarships worth £26,000 tax-free will be offered in partnership with professional bodies for chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics.

The DfE are also offering a £15,000 tax-free bursary in design & technology, geography, and languages, including ancient languages, and a £10,000 tax-free bursary for biology trainees.

Further information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-initial-teacher-training-itt/funding-initial-teacher-training-itt-academic-year-2022-to-2023

What we offer

Wessex Teach offers a wide range of services and support in the following areas. Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more.

Initial Teacher Training

We are a lead centre for School Direct teacher training through Winchester University, and we have a long history of working with Exeter University in providing placements for their PGCE trainees. We work extensively with other local providers to support teacher training through all routes.

Early Career Framework

From September 2021, all Early Career Teachers have a statutory entitlement to a two-year programme of support and development based on the Early Career Framework. We offer a full induction programme for your Early Career Teachers (ECT) and their mentors. They will receive a two-year programme of high-quality, research-led training, based on the Early Career Framework. If you opt to provide ECF induction yourself we can support you with the delivery of your programme.

CPD Leadership

We can support you to plan and facilitate whole-school approaches to CPD that will bring about lasting improvement to the quality of teaching in the classroom. From bespoke training events and seminar programmes to continuous, enquiry-based professional learning, we will work with you to identify the best approach to suit your needs.

We offer a 2-day programme that will transform your CPD thinking. We will support you to plan and implement high impact, teacher-led professional learning that will provide you with the skills and knowledge to embed authentic, lasting change. Find out how to:

National College Membership

All Wessex schools have full access to the National College CPD resources. The National College offers a wide range of online professional development opportunities for both teachers and non-teaching staff. CPD leaders are given administrator access to the platform which allows them to assign tailored CPD programmes to staff, groups or individuals, as well as monitor completion.

Find out more about the National College CPD platform here: https://thenationalcollege.co.uk/browse

Teach Meet Seminars

We work with various visiting CPD leaders, many of national and international reputation. Our programme for 2022-23 began on Thursday 20 October with a fantastic seminar from John Tomsett on curriculum development. Keep an eye on the Wessex Teach website and Twitter feed for news of talks and seminars on a range of topics.

Leadership Development & NPQs

We have considerable experience of supporting a wide range of schools to build leadership capacity at all levels. We will work with you to plan and deliver a bespoke CPD programme to support your classroom teachers, middle leaders or senior leaders. We also offer individual development programmes for headteachers, including coaching.

Complete NPQLT and NPQSL with Wessex Teach

Wessex Teach has partnered with Best Practice Network to offer National Professional Qualifications in Leading Teaching and Senior Leadership. These programmes are delivered in Dorchester by experienced leadership facilitators. The programmes will equip you with the knowledge, strategies and confidence to successfully lead authentic, lasting change. We will support you to identify and develop the skills and attributes needed to support colleagues, empower teams and bring about worthwhile change. Further details of our NPQLT and NPQSL programmes, along with enrolment information can be found here:

https://www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/npq

CPD funded by the Apprenticeship Levy

Wessex MAT invests significantly in the Apprenticeship Levy and we currently have 8 staff, made up of teaching staff and support staff, who are enrolled on a variety of professional development programmes funded by the levy. These colleagues are using the fully-funded professional apprenticeships to upskill themselves in a range of courses from coaching to leadership and IT support.

Misconceptions about apprenticeships and their relevance to the professional development of school staff abound. For some, the term ‘apprenticeship’ still smacks of old-fashioned, industrial era, traineeships rather than modern CPD. An apprenticeship isn’t just for new staff or young people – it can be used to upskill and train existing staff of all ages and at any level, from GCSE-equivalent level 2 training through to level 7 – equivalent to Master’s level.

You can search for available apprenticeship training courses here but new opportunities are continuously coming online and you are advised to check with specific training providers that are linked to the particular area you wish to study.

How to apply to embark on CPD funded by the Apprenticeship Levy

If you wish to apply for a CPD course that is eligible to be funded by the Wessex MAT apprenticeship levy, please complete this short form and return to Tim Ennion.

We will do our best to fund your application, however, please note that there is finite levy funding available and a decision on funding will be made on a case-specific basis.

Annual conference events for teachers and TAs

We offer annual professional learning conference days for teachers and TAs. Our teachers’ conference day is attended by over 400 delegates from across the Dorchester area and beyond, and has attracted high-profile educators such as Guy Claxton, Lucy Crehan, Tom Sherrington and Mary Myatt. Our annual TA days are dedicated to building TAs’ skills to be as effective as possible at supporting children’s learning. We are fortunate to have been supported on our TA days by a range of experts including Amjad Ali, Sue Cowley and Rob Webster’s MITA research team. Our next TA conference day takes place on Friday 10 February 2023. Email tennion@wessex.ac for details of the event.

Specialist subject support

We offer specialist support in most subject areas, with Maths being a particular strength. We can help you to evaluate your provision in different subjects, assess strengths and areas for development and then work with you to plan for improvement. Our subject specialists work collaboratively with subject teams on areas such as curriculum design, high-impact pedagogy and evaluating teaching and learning.

We offer various opportunities to explore curriculum development, from the underpinning principles of effective curriculum design to working with colleagues across the key stages to build an ‘all-through’ approach. We can support you to review and develop subject curricula or to evaluate your whole school curriculum.

Leadership Support Networks

Disadvantaged/Pupil Premium leaders’ forum

We offer half-termly network meetings for colleagues leading provision for pupil premium / disadvantaged pupils. The aim of this group which focuses on peer support is to share approaches, build consistency across our schools, shape policy and identifying CPD priorities.

Peer evaluation

One way we support leaders with school evaluation is by offering intensive one-day peer evaluation visits. Our evaluation team will begin by conducting contextual desktop review of your website and publicly available data. They will then arrange a day to visit your school to carry out a snap-shot one-day review that usually includes lesson observations and interviews with staff and students. At the end of the day, the team will meet with the headteacher to present their findings. Feedback and key recommendations for further improvement are summarised in a written evaluation report. We can conduct a whole school evaluation or focus in on a particular aspect of your school, such as a specific key stage or post-16 provision, for example.