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Autumn 1 - Monday 6th September

Welcome back! 

We are excited to be starting the new academic year and sharing new and updates from the Teaching School Hub and DfE to support workforce development. We know there are quite a few changes whilst schools are still navigating Covid-related protocols from PHE so please do get in touch with the team if you have any questions. We want to be as supportive a possible and we're happy to set up a quick phone call or answer email questions - whatever works best. 

This week's digest is focusing solely on the imminent changes for Early Career Teachers, NPQs and wider CPD just to digest key information to launch the start of term. Following feedback, we thought this might be a good checkpoint for schools. We will resume normal service offering horizon scanning across our region in next week's edition. 

Tammy, Caroline and Lisa 
The Spencer TSH Leadership Team 
Find out more about your local Teaching School Hub, serving the schools of Derby, South Derbyshire, Erewash and beyond 
KEY ACTIONS: A Quick Checklist for Schools
  • Check 1: Have you registered you ECT on the DfE Portal? Confirm with the DfE who you Induction Tutor is (For schools with ECTs starting in September) CLICK HERE  You will then be asked to confirm your ECT details also 
  • OR Have you confirmed that you do not have an ECT? The DfE has now requested that schools without an ECT starting in September uses the portal to confirm that they do not have one.
  • Check 2: Have you registered your ECT for the fully funded training? Register for the funded Full Induction Offer with the Hub in partnership with EDT CLICK HERE  - once registered, the Hub team will get in touch to confirm your place and mentors and induction. We are now sending out training dates and mentors are receiving their login details from EDT. 
  • OR If you have chosen a school-based route or DIY route, have you have checked with you Appropriate Body about fidelity checks and read the Induction guidance documents? 
  • Check 3: Have you registered your ECT with your Appropriate Body to complete their induction? Our local AB services include Derby and Derbyshire LA and the TSH. For schools looking to engage with our Appropriate Body service (£250 for the standard package) CLICK HERE for more information. You will need to confirm your induction tutor and ECT details, and confirm the start date. 
Guidance from the DfE: What date should I record induction start dates from? 
  • ECTs who formally start their induction programme before 1 September 2021 should complete induction under current (pre-September 2021) arrangements. These ECTs will then fall under transitional arrangements and have until 1 September 2023 to complete the remainder of their three-term induction. Further information on transitional arrangements is provided in section 1.4 – 1.7 of statutory guidance.
  • ECTs who start their contract over Summer, but importantly do not formally start their induction programme, do not fall under transitional arrangements and will be able to access a two-year Early Career Framework based induction from September 2021.
  • For new teachers starting this academic year, please record their formal induction start date as September 1st. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Lisa Harrison.   
  • YOUTUBE VIDEO: Early Career Professional Development programme 15-Minute Overview - CLICK HERE  
  • YOUTUBE VIDEO: EDT Induction Tutor Webinar: CLICK HERE
  • YOUTUBE VIDEO: EDT Mentor Induction Webinar: CLICK HERE 
  • Early Career Framework Programme Booklet with EDT: CLICK HERE
RQT Programme 2021 2022: The disruption to training and induction has been felt by our NQTs over the last couple of years. If you would like a support programme for RQTs and RQTs+1, our bespoke primary and secondary training series is tailored for these cohorts with direct input, coaching, pair mentoring and classroom observations - COST: £250 - CLICK HERE for more information and a booking link

Teacher Educator Programme - Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Accreditation: For schools looking to formalise coaching structures, our NASBTT accredited programmes offers routes for those starting out and colleagues who are advanced in their skills. Both entail 3 twilight events. COST: £30/£50 - CLICK HERE for more information and a booking link to both programmes  

Making the Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils: Newly refreshed for 2021 with current PP Strategy Document requirements, this programme offers support for Pupil Premium Leaders and senior leaders responsible for CPD and teaching and learning. The 5 module programme covers the statutory requirements, what the evidence says about how disadvantaged learners make progress and using the pupil premium strategy to drive you school's improvement. Offered in collaboration with the Derby Research School, the course draws on expertise from across the Research School Network and EEF - CLICK HERE for more information and a booking link   

SPOTLIGHT Events 2021 2022: In partnership with Derby University, Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University, we are pleased to offer the chance to collaborate as professionals, delve into key topical themes and what the evidence base shows about them and reflect together on our next steps as schools. Following on from the success of our Summer session on Sexual Abuse in schools, we can share new dates for the academic year. Save the dates in your diaries and we will confirm the themes closer to the time so that they are as topical as possible to emerging school needs. Free for all school senior leaders. 
  • Spotlight 1: Wednesday 29th September 2021 4pm – 5pm (webinar)
  • Spotlight 2: Tuesday 16th November 2021 4pm – 5pm (in person)
  • Spotlight 3: Monday 17th January 2022 4pm – 5pm (in person)
  • Spotlight 4: Monday 21st March 2022 4pm – 5pm (in person)
  • Spotlight 5: Monday 27th June 2022 4pm – 5pm (in person)
SPOTLIGHT 1: Inclusivity and DiversityWednesday 29th September 2021 4pm – 5pm
CLICK HERE for more information and a booking link 

Termly Briefing Events: To keep up to date with the Teaching School Hub and workforce development threads, we are hosting three live headteacher briefing events this academic year. With guest speakers and the chance to network in a short burst, we hope the events offer senior leaders representing schools from the TSH area the chance to capture key take away information and updates for their settings.
  • Autumn Briefing: Tuesday 28th September 2021 4pm – 5pm (webinar)
  • Spring Briefing: Tuesday 26th April 2022 4pm – 5pm (in person)
  • Summer Briefing: Wednesday 6th July 2022 4pm – 5pm (in person)
CLICK HERE for more information and a booking link 
KEY ACTIONS: A Quick Checklist for Schools
  • Check 1: Have you looked at the information about the new NPQs? There are some key changes this year with the introduction of three new specialist NPQs, different delivery models and assessment requirements. 
    • An Overview of the Reformed NPQs: CLICK HERE for key information and a summary of changes for the new suite of NPQs.   
    • Education Development Trust: If you are looking to work with the Spencer TSH, we have partnered with the Education Development Trust as a lead provider. CLICK HERE to find out more. 
  • Check 2: Have you looked at the information about scholarship funding eligibility? The DfE have shared the new scholarship funding criteria. CLICK HERE to find out more and see if your school is eligible. Previous funding criteria no longer applies and schools are advised to check. 
    • Scholarship Funding: The other courses will be free to access for schools in the the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium as of the end of the previous academic year. This will change annually but at present, this lies within the 25% and above PP numbers. Email if you are unsure if you are elgible 
    • Free for All State Schools: Two courses will be free to all participants in state funded schools - Leading Teacher Development and the NPQH  (when within your first 2 years of headship) 
  • Check 3: Have you registered for NPQs on the DfE portal? Once you have decided on NPQ programmes, funding options and your provider, teachers register on the DfE portal CLICK HERE - This is the first formal step where the DfE collates key information and confirms details. This is then sent to the lead providers and they follow up with the next stage of the application process. CLICK HERE for a walkthrough of the portal and step by step guidance - stop and play the video as you need. 
  • FAQ: Who do I say is the lead provider? For schools looking to work with Spencer Teaching School Hub, please record 'Education Development Trust' as your lead provider. Following this, EDT will confirm which delivery partner you would like to work with which is Spencer TSH. 
Find out more about the DfE offer to schools in this explainer video.
Don't fear if you have missed any previous content - here are links to our two previous editions: 
29th May-CLICK HERE, 21st June-CLICK HERE, 21st July CLICK HERE
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