Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance Newshttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/SCITT Newsletter June 2017http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2017-06-21-scitt-newsletter-june-2017http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2017-06-21-scitt-newsletter-june-2017<p><a href="/files/newletter_june_2017.pdf">Download the newsletter here</a></p> <p>As we move to the last half term of the year, our current trainees are facing the final hurdles on their journey to QTS.&nbsp;</p> <p>They are building their best practice evidence files and preparing for their final assignment which is an impact presentation to a panel of SLT. They have to evidence what impact the SCITT has had on their progress as a teacher, and what impact they have had on the pupils they have taught.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We are very proud to report that more trainees have secured full-time teaching positions for September:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Mandy Dawson-Nuttall at Fleetwood High School</li> <li>Jamie Wade at Montgomery High School</li> <li>Simon Hunt at Rossall</li> </ul> <p>We are continuing to recruit for our next cohort of trainees ready for September. Initial Teacher Training (ITT) figures for 2016/17 show a decrease in the overall number of recruits compared with 2015/16, with only 93% of places being filled. The overall contribution to the secondary target was 89%, meaning nearly 2,000 places went unfilled. In the northwest, we are down 2000 applications to ITT when compared to this time last year. Despite these figures, our SCITT programme will have a strong field of trainees commencing their training in September.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Celebrating success</strong></p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="20" style="width: 760px;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="/images/Chloe_photo.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 180px; float: left;" /></td> <td style="width: 600px;">Chloe Thirsk graduated from our SCITT programme in July 2016 and secured a job as a teacher of Drama at St Mary&rsquo;s Menston Catholic Academy in Leeds. During her teacher training year with us, she completed placements at Millfield Performing Arts College and Garstang Community Academy. We are so proud to report that after an extremely successful NQT year, Chloe has secured a position as Head of Drama at a new school. Many congratulations to her!</td> </tr> <tr> <td><img alt="" src="/images/Charlotte.png" style="width: 120px; height: 154px; float: left;" /></td> <td>Charlotte Boyle graduated from our teacher training programme in July 2015 and secured a job as a teacher of English at our lead school Hodgson Academy. She worked hard during her NQT year and this did not go unnoticed. As a result, she is now Head of Pheonix House! Superb achievement for Charlotte at such an early stage in her career!&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/empolyment_map.jpgWed, 21 Jun 2017 15:02:25 GMTSCITT Newsletter April 2017http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2017-04-26-scitt-newsletter-april-2017http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2017-04-26-scitt-newsletter-april-2017<p>Since the last edition of our SCITT newsletter, our trainees have continued to work extremely hard and face the challenges of the classroom head on. After the half term break, most trainees changed schools to Placement B and entered a very different teaching environment. Once they had settled in to their new home, they were tasked with an assignment to produce a detailed comparative analysis of their two placement schools; considering how key differences such as demographic and geographic profiles, religion and pupil premium may impact on the outcomes of pupils they teach. The assignments were impressive and yielded some very interesting results. Our professional studies have continued alongside the classroom training, and we have to give a huge thank you to Laura Foley at Hodgson. She has worked so hard to train our new teachers to be fully prepared to teach PSHE and they have now been certified as Chartered Teachers of the PSHE association; thank you Laura! Thank you also to Stephen Tierney who gave his time to work with our trainees and share his experiences. They gained so much from that session - particularly on how to use data to inform their planning and maximise pupil progress.</p> <p>On Wednesday 1st March, a film crew from the cabinet office alongside representatives from the Department for Education arrived on the Fylde Coast to make a promotional video with our trainees in our schools. It was a real pleasure to be chosen to showcase our teacher training programme and the impact it has as a local solution to teacher recruitment. The trainees shared their experiences with confidence and pride. Case studies of them have been published on social media as part of the NCTL&rsquo;s recruitment drive in our region.</p> <p>On Tuesday 7th March, we were chosen to further promote teacher training in the North West at the Blackpool Hilton Train to Teach event. Daniel Caldarelli and Natalie Hicks represented this year&rsquo;s SCITT trainees and Gemma Smith [graduate and NQT from our first SCITT cohort] shared her experiences on the expert panel. It was a really successful evening and another proud spotlight moment for our trainees.&nbsp;</p> <p>We are very proud to report that 4 more trainees have secured full-time teaching positions for September. This now takes us to a record 13 employed trainees!!</p> <ul> <li><span style="color:#008000;"><strong>Phill Anyon</strong></span> at Fleetwood High School</li> <li><strong><span style="color:#008000;">David Fisher</span></strong> at Longridge</li> <li><strong><span style="color:#008000;">Daniel Caldarelli</span></strong> at Montgomery High School</li> <li><strong><span style="color:#008000;">Richard Spall </span></strong>at St Mary&rsquo;s Catholic Academy</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/employment_map_PNG.pngWed, 26 Apr 2017 08:49:56 GMTA local solution to teacher recruitment!http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2017-02-08-a-local-solution-to-teacher-recruitmenthttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2017-02-08-a-local-solution-to-teacher-recruitment<p><b><i>Congratulations </i></b><i>to all of the following trainees for securing a teaching positions in schools across the Fylde coast.</i></p> <ul> <li><b>Richard Crawshay </b>in Science at Hodgson Academy</li> <li><b>Molly Fenton</b> in RE and <b>Tom Hibbett</b> in Science at St George&iacute;s School</li> <li><b>Olivia McKell</b><b> </b>in Science and <b>David Gilmartin</b> in Maths at Fleetwood High School</li> <li><b>Joe Clayton</b> in Science at Aspire Academy</li> <li><b>Rob Whitley</b> in Maths at St Aidan&iacute;s CoE High School</li> </ul> <hr /> <p>The first term of the training course has had its ups and downs, with difficult moments being challenged and many members of the course feeling their own personal <strong>&#39;crunch time&#39;.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>With our trainees spread across the Fylde Coast, there has been a diverse range of school environments to train in and learn from. They&#39;ve made tremendous progress from the strangers of day one back in September to become a fully fledged training team, supporting each other through the dreaded &#39;Nutty November&#39; to reach the end of term one in triumphant style.&nbsp;</p> <p>With a focus on behaviour management in the&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;training days during term one, the trainees have been immersed in different strategies of coping, preventing and adapting to different behaviours. This has provided the trainees with the toolkit to create a safe and successful learning environment. They are all looking forward to the contrasting placements after February half term.</p> <p>Local employment rates are higher than ever this year! Beating everyone to the post was Mr&nbsp;Aidan Eaves, who has been awarded a position at&nbsp;St. Mary&#39;s Catholic Academy teaching Maths.</p> <p>When asked about his success at St. Mary&#39;s, his response was overwhelmingly positive:</p> <p><q><i>&quot;The hard work and effort I have put into the school during my first placement here has really paid off. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and can&iacute;t wait to be back at the school in July, when I can start preparing for my NQT year.&quot;</i></q></p> <p>Following closely behind were Molly Fenton who was awarded a position teaching Religious Education and Tom Hibbett secured a position in Science -both at St George&#39;s High School. All trainees did tremendously well, with jobs starting to be released at a steady flow, there is hope that by the time of the next issue, there will be even more success in obtaining jobs for our trainees. &nbsp;</p> <p>Since October half term we have been focusing our attentions on Standard 5, and meeting the needs of all pupils in our care. The trainees have received superb sessions focusing specifically on different learning needs and disabilities, and how to modify planning accordingly. We have also learnt how to use data to inform our planning. We have welcomed outstanding training sessions from local experts such as Darius Robinson, Roy Blake, Chris Lickiss, Stephen Cooke, Sally Radford and Cherryl Drabble at Highfurlong to name but a few. Most trainees have experienced teaching in a local primary school and/or at the Blackpool Sixth Form as our course in 11-16 with post-16 enhancement but it&#39;s important to know the KS2 curriculum too.&nbsp; Thank you to all of our schools for their continued support and contributions to the SCITT partnership.</p> <hr /> <ul> </ul> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/DSC08537.JPGWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:16:27 GMTUCAS is open! http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2016-10-25-ucas-is-openhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2016-10-25-ucas-is-open<p><strong>Why train with us?</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Fylde Coast Teaching School is the ideal provider if you want to teach in any schools in Blackpool, Poulton or the surrounding area.&nbsp; We have provided initial teacher training for the past 3 years and are delighted to be able to offer a choice of courses for 2016-17.&nbsp; We have an excellent track record of success with our trainees as they feel &#39;part of the family&#39; of the schools in which they are based and the wider alliance of the teaching school.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our secondary trainees are hosted by over 7 different schools all in different circumstances, so our placements are very contrasting and we negotiate the right place with you. We can offer enrichment placements in one of our local primary schools, our Outstanding SEN school, our Sixth Forms and our local Pupil Referral Units. We also work in partnership with our local Private school so you will get to teach in an independent setting as part of our programme. We do not offer a PGCE, but our Professional Studies programme covers all relevant theory to support you in becoming an outstanding teacher.&nbsp; Train to teach with us, and you will also become a Chartered Teacher of the PSHE Association at no extra cost.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>When and where?</strong></p> <p>Our course starts in September and ends in early July at our lead school Hodgson Academy in Poulton. You will have placement experience in a minimum of two contrasting schools. Depending on which school you are in, you will have their holidays. These placements are complimented by Professional Studies every Friday up until Easter, when you will be in school full time and experiencing school like an NQT ready for the September.</p> <p><strong>What about the theory?</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The theory of quality teaching and learning is crucial.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You will be immersed not just in the theory but in the practical application of planning, delivery and assessment. Important areas such as behaviour management, differentiation, assessment for learning, and how to support pupils with additional needs are given great attention on our Fridays. You then apply these theories in the classroom on your placement.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Entry requirements</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The essential requirements for entry onto the Secondary QTS programme are:</p> <p>An Honours degree 2.2 or above in the specialism to be taught is a perfect start for you being able to manage the subject knowledge content. It may still be necessary to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, lasting up to 6 months, before being accepted on to the programme, but these are funded.</p> <p>You need evidence of your Grade C or above in GCSE Core subjects of English Language and Mathematics plus a C grade in at least 2 other GCSE subjects.</p> <p>Good grades at A level in the specialist subject to be taught are ideal.</p> <p>Effective communication skills in spoken and written English are essential.</p> <p>Ideally at least 10 days recent and relevant work experience in a Secondary School environment will give you an edge in the interview.</p> <p>2 written references, one of which must be academic in nature, must be uploaded to UCAS before we will interview you.</p> <p>Please note that your original certificates [Degree, A Level and GCSE or equivalent] will be required to be produced at interview.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Will you make an outstanding teacher?</strong></p> <p>We are looking for trainees whom we believe have the attributes to develop into outstanding practitioners.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Assessment and interview</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Following successful application via the UCAS system you will be invited to attend an assessment day.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During this day at one of our partner schools, you will complete a 20 minute lesson to a group of our pupils in order for us to assess your ability to build relationships and create a safe environment. The feedback from those pupils is fundamental in our decision as to whether we offer you a place.</p> <p>You will also complete a literacy task and an interview with a subject specialist who will confirm that you have the ability to teach the subject you have applied for.</p> <p>The final part of the day is an interview with the Head of ITT and a headteacher or principal from one of our partner schools.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/IMG_0527.JPGTue, 25 Oct 2016 12:50:21 GMTTraining session gives new teachers a confident start! http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2016-05-24-training-session-gives-new-teachers-a-confident-starthttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2016-05-24-training-session-gives-new-teachers-a-confident-start<p><span class="marker">All trainees on the Fylde Coast Teaching School&#39;s SCITT programme will be qualified as Chartered Teachers of the PSHE Association thanks to training provided at&nbsp;Hodgson Academy. Many newly qualified teachers [NQTs] are required to teach PSHE [Personal, Social, Health and Economic] education in their first teaching post so it is vital that the training year&nbsp;prepares them fully for this.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="marker"><img alt="" src="/images/SCITT images/IMG_2064.JPG" style="width: 640px; height: 480px;" /></span></p> <p><span class="marker">Laura Foley, Lead Teacher of PSHE at our lead school, says &quot;<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">PSHE training is a&nbsp;valuable aspect to ITT&nbsp;which will&nbsp;equip&nbsp;trainee teachers with the raft of skills&nbsp;required beyond their subject, whether as a form tutor or occasional PSHE teacher.&nbsp;&nbsp;All teachers will deliver PSHE at some point in their careers so&nbsp;ITT seems the logical place to incorporate this training. Not only are they gaining employability with the PSHE Association accreditation but also subject knowledge and confidence in an area which underpins safeguarding and success for the students in our care.&quot;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="marker"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">Thanks to this training, the trainees will be well-equipped and ready for the challenges ahead!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/news/IMG_2062(3).JPGTue, 24 May 2016 15:13:08 GMTSCITT trainees continue to secure teaching posts for Septemberhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2016-05-24-scitt-trainees-continue-to-secure-teaching-posts-for-septemberhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2016-05-24-scitt-trainees-continue-to-secure-teaching-posts-for-september<p>Interviews are taking place weekly, and trainees are showcasing what they have learned since September in very tough recruitment days across the Fylde Coast.&nbsp;</p> <p>James Galler and Mike Jones are both joining&nbsp;FCAT schools as Maths teachers from September. Claire McDowall was delighted to secure a teaching position at Park Community Academy - her first job interview!&nbsp;</p> <p>Claire says,&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal;">&#39;I was over the moon to be offered a teaching position for September, my confidence in my teaching has grown tremendously since then and I already feel like a &#39;proper&#39; teacher.&#39;</span></p> <p>Some opportunities have been seized a bit further away from home.&nbsp;Joe Branker, one of our English trainees, has secured a job at Longridge High School in Preston and said,&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: normal;">&#39;I&#39;m really happy to get a job for September. It&nbsp;seems really suited for me and specialises in the parts of teaching I love the most which is with SEN and small group classes. Can&#39;t wait to start!&#39;</span></p> <p>If you want to teach in the schools on the Fylde Coast, then train with the Fylde Coast Teaching School!!!!</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/news/celebrate.pngTue, 24 May 2016 14:59:41 GMTSpeed-dating prepares trainees for conversations with parentshttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2016-02-02-speed-dating-prepares-trainees-for-conversations-with-parentshttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2016-02-02-speed-dating-prepares-trainees-for-conversations-with-parents<p>The 23 trainees are continuing to prepare for all aspects of the job! This week&nbsp;they completed a speed-dating activity at Unity to practise phoning home for their students. The activity involved a variety of realistic scenarios, and they had to demonstrate their ability to build positive relationships using tips and tricks from their wider reading. Everyone enjoyed the challenge!</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/news/IMG_1896.JPGTue, 02 Feb 2016 10:27:41 GMTSCITT trainees experience exam conditions!http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2016-01-28-scitt-trainees-experience-exam-conditionshttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2016-01-28-scitt-trainees-experience-exam-conditions<p>As part of their subject knowledge enhancement and teacher preparation year, the SCITT trainees sit GCSE papers in their subject area. Under exam conditions, they experienced life as a student and put their knowledge to the test. They then marked their papers in curriculum cluster groups, and shared how the experience would inform their planning for their own classes in the forthcoming weeks. This will be part of their training every few weeks, as they continue on the school-centred initial teacher training programme.</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/IMG_1866.JPGThu, 28 Jan 2016 11:47:50 GMT All Smiles at Highfurlong on their First Day in the New School! http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-11-16-all-smiles-at-highfurlong-on-their-first-day-in-the-new-schoolhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-11-16-all-smiles-at-highfurlong-on-their-first-day-in-the-new-school<p><strong><em>Children arriving on their first day. Headteacher Rosie Sycamore went out to meet them and bring them in to their new school.&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>Monday last week was the first day for everyone at Highfurlong Special School, our partner school, in their new school on Blackpool Old Road. The children were so excited, if a little nervous. However, there were wonderful smiles to be seen on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday &hellip;. in fact, the pupils, staff, parents, governors and visitors have never stopped smiling! The pupils describe their new school as &lsquo;awesome&rsquo;, &lsquo;brilliant&rsquo;, &lsquo;huge&rsquo;, &lsquo;cool&rsquo; and &lsquo;fantastic&rsquo;.</p> <p>Highfurlong Special School is sharing the premises with Blackpool Aspire Academy and say they are delighted to be &lsquo;semi-detached&rsquo; with the Academy and already staff and pupils are working together for the benefit of all the students, in both schools.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/Highfurlong1.JPG" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p><em><span style="color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-size: 11.9px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<strong> &nbsp;Part of the Early Years&nbsp;class enjoying their new spacious classroom.</strong></span></em></p> <h6>&nbsp;</h6> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/news/Highfurlong2.JPGMon, 16 Nov 2015 13:34:38 GMTOur Partner Schools taking part in the Anti-Bullying Campaignhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-11-16-our-partner-schools-taking-part-in-the-anti-bullying-campaignhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-11-16-our-partner-schools-taking-part-in-the-anti-bullying-campaign<h6>Caitlyn Edwards, Tom Torvell and Ella- Rose Walls from Roseacre Primary with Molly Rainford from CBBC, X Factor singer Lola Saunders and Radio 1 DJ Cell Spellman. &copy; Blackpool Gazette.</h6> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>With celebrity support, more than 300 youngsters aged five to 18 took part in the Anti-Bullying Campaign day as part of the Diana Award scheme.</p> <p>To date, more than 16,000 young people have volunteered for and led the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme in schools throughout the UK and Ireland. The Ambassadors are a network of young people who share and develop best practices and have received training to help them present bullying prevention initiatives and ongoing peer support.</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/AntiBullying2.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 426px;" /></p> <h6>From left, Darcy Beckett, Daniel Barber and Maddie Owens from St George&#39;s School, at the anti-bullying event at the Winter Gardens. &copy; Blackpool Gazette.</h6> <p><span style="font-size: 14px;">During the day at the Winter Gardens, the anti-bullying ambassadors got hands on to help explore bullying through workshops in drama, singing, photography, rap, graffiti art and public speaking.</span></p> <p>They were taught more about how to tackle bullying, and are being sent back to their schools as anti-bullying ambassadors with an action plan to help them to prevent bullying and ensure everyone feels safe and happy in their school.</p> <p>Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council&rsquo;s cabinet member for children&rsquo;s services, said: &ldquo;We are delighted to be part of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme and proud to host the national event in Blackpool.
&ldquo;Bullying is an extremely serious issue and one that we cannot just stand by and ignore. We work closely with all schools in the town and expect that any instances of bullying are dealt with swiftly and effectively.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h6>&nbsp;</h6> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/news/AntiBullying1.jpgMon, 16 Nov 2015 09:13:54 GMTGiving evidence in Parliamenthttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-11-06-giving-evidence-in-parliamenthttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-11-06-giving-evidence-in-parliament<p>On Wednesday 21<sup>st</sup> October 2015 I gave evidence to the Commons Select Committee for Education on &ldquo;The Role Of The Regional Schools&rsquo; Commissioners.&rdquo;</p> <p>As an elected member of the Headteacher Board for the North West and West Yorkshire, (and a serving Headteacher,) I was the only witness not to have a &ldquo;national&rdquo; profile and I quickly realised that my co-witnesses were all very experienced evidence-givers!</p> <p>I was therefore somewhat daunted by the formal surroundings and the reputations of my esteemed colleagues, but after two minutes of feeling tongue-tied, I decided I needed to find my voice! After all, I had been invited to TALK, and I was the only witness with direct experience of working on an HTB with a Regional School&rsquo;s Commissioner. The other witnesses were each representing their members and had opinions about the role of the RSCs rather than actual knowledge of how the Headteacher Boards function.</p> <p>And it was fine! The MPs were well-briefed, interested and even humorous! It also helped that my friend and cousin were both sitting right behind me &ndash; moral support for me, and a fascinating morning for them too.</p> <p>It was a privilege to be invited, to be asked for my views on a topic for which I feel great passion, and to contribute to a national debate.</p> <p>Back at my school, the children watched citizenship in action!</p> <p>Pamela Birch</p> <p>NLE, Headteacher</p> <p>Hambleton Primary Academy</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/news/PamAtParliament.JPGFri, 06 Nov 2015 13:59:39 GMTMagical Mentor Trophyhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-11-03-magical-mentor-trophyhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-11-03-magical-mentor-trophy<p>Every half term we are awarding a Magical Mentor Trophy to one of our SCITT subject mentors. The first trophy has been awarded to Colin Malone, our SCITT Subject Mentor for Computer Studies at Hodgson. Well done Colin and thank you for your excellent mentoring and support!</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/MagicalMentor.jpgTue, 03 Nov 2015 16:04:44 GMTFCTSA Newsletter Autumn 2015http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-10-16-fctsa-newsletter-autumn-2015http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-10-16-fctsa-newsletter-autumn-2015<p>Read the&nbsp;latest news from the Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance</p> <p>{doc:151016090133-b0f41a43dbbc41fa9f3a123304d8e0dd}</p> <p>To download our Newsletter please <a href="/files/FCTSA_Newsletter_Autumn_2015.pdf">click here&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/Newsletter4-01(1).jpgFri, 16 Oct 2015 09:04:52 GMTMeet our new teacher traineeshttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-09-16-meet-our-new-teacher-traineeshttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-09-16-meet-our-new-teacher-trainees<h5>Here are our new trainees and their subjects:<img alt="" src="/images/Profiles_namesubjects_3v(2).jpg" style="width: 1500px; height: 850px;" /></h5> <h5 style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">What our new&nbsp;trainees are saying:</h5> <p><img alt="" src="/images/QuotesTrainees-04(1).jpg" style="width: 875px; height: 400px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/FCTSA_SCITT_Web.jpgWed, 16 Sep 2015 09:05:05 GMTOur new SCITT http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-09-15-our-new-scitthttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-09-15-our-new-scitt<p><strong>The FCTS SCITT </strong>(School Centred Initial Teacher Training) was launched last week with 23 trainees eager to start our secondary programme. Their induction&nbsp;week was spent at Hodgson Academy&nbsp;preparing them for their first placement this week&nbsp;in one of our alliance or member schools.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/images/Activity2.JPG" style="width: 200px; height: 150px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/18092015_1.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 149px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/IMG_6179.JPG" style="width: 200px; height: 150px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/Activity1.JPG" style="width: 200px; height: 150px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Our fab new trainees also completed an<strong> Outdoor Revolution Highrope&nbsp;Course</strong> together as a team!&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/Course1.JPG" style="width: 200px; height: 267px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/Course2.JPG" style="width: 200px; height: 267px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/Group1a.jpgTue, 15 Sep 2015 14:43:04 GMTGCSE resultshttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-08-24-gcse-resultshttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-08-24-gcse-results<h5><strong>HODGSON ACADEMY</strong></h5> <p>77 % of the Class of 2014 achieved at least five A* to C GCSE grades, including English and maths. A total of 83 % of students achieved an A-C grade in English and 81 % in Maths. Nearly one fifth of Hodgson&rsquo;s students (18%) achieved at least five A* and A grades.</p> <p>Principal Mrs Roethling said about the school&rsquo;s overall GCSE results: &ldquo;It is a really solid performance from our students in a stormy year of transition for education.&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hodgson.lancs.sch.uk/2014/08/gcse-results-day-at-hodgson-academy/" style="font-family: inherit; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">Click here</a><span style="color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;</span></p> <h5><strong>GARSTANG COMMUNITY ACADEMY</strong></h5> <p>Garstang Community Academy students have achieved the best GCSE results in their school&rsquo;s history, with 66% of GCA students gaining 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths.</p> <p>Headteacher Phil Birch is delighted with his students&rsquo; latest success: &ldquo;We are totally inspired by their year&rsquo;s phenomenal GCSE results, which are testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of our fabulous Team Garstang.&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://garstangcommunityacademy.com/7606" style="font-family: inherit; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">Click here&nbsp;</a></p> <h5><strong>MILLFIELD SCIENCE &amp; PERFORMING ARTS COLLEGE</strong></h5> <p>It was another excellent year for Millfield. With only one chance at success, with only one entry in English and Maths, the overall 5A*- C English/Maths figure was 66%. Headteacher Sean Bullen says: &ldquo;this year we were extremely pleased with the performance in the core subjects, English achieved 80% and Maths 77% A*- C. In addition, we were also very pleased with a strong improvement in Humanities and Music. The Science results were (93%) once again, very impressive. We are so proud of all our students, particularly in a year when there were further changes to the system.&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.millfield.lancs.sch.uk/" style="font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">Click here</a><span style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;</span></p> <h5><strong>ST GEORGE &#39;S SCHOOL</strong></h5> <p>St George&rsquo;s is very proud of their Year 11 GCSE pupils. The school has improved slightly on the previous year overall once all expected outcomes are returned. Top performing subjects are English Literature, French, Religious Education, PE, Food Technology and Mathematics.&nbsp;<a href="http://stgeorgesblackpool.com/gcse-results-day-2015/" target="_blank">Click here</a></p> <h5><strong>ST MARY&rsquo;S&nbsp;CATHOLIC ACADEMY</strong></h5> <p>St Mary&rsquo;s Year 11 students produced a very pleasing set of results in their GCSE examinations this year. Results showed significant improvements across all measures compared to last year and were above national average across the board. Students performed particularly well in English with 78% of students achieving a grade C or above and a solid performance in Maths ensured that 58% of students achieved a grade A*-C in both English and Maths.</p> <p>Headteacher Simon Eccles praised students saying; &ldquo;I would like to congratulate our students for their hard work and achievements this year. With continued turbulence and changes to examinations nationally I am pleased that results have improved and are in line with National expectations. On the back of a superb set of A level results last week this shows that the picture is very positive at St Mary&rsquo;s.&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=1579:good-news-for-st-mary-s-gcse-students&amp;catid=166&amp;Itemid=221" style="line-height: 15pt;" target="_blank">Click here</a></p> <h5>&nbsp;</h5> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/GCSE_Hodgson_Hollie-Murray-and-Skye-Demar(1)(2).jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 139px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/GCSE-Garstang(1)(2)(1).jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 139px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/GCSE-St_Georges(1).jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 139px;" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/images/GCSE-St_Georges2.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 139px;" /></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,sans-serif;color:#25374B"><o:p></o:p></span></p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/GCSE_St_Marys.jpgMon, 24 Aug 2015 10:11:19 GMTFantastic A level results! http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-08-18-fantastic-a-level-resultshttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-08-18-fantastic-a-level-results<p>Photo: students at Blackpool Sixth Form College (copyright&nbsp;Blackpool Gazette).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Blackpool Sixth Form College</strong> is celebrating a brilliant set of A level and BTEC results this year.&nbsp;The overall pass rate remains at 99% and there have been significant increases in the numbers of students achieving the highest grades.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/education/hard-work-pays-off-for-relieved-pupils-1-7410508" target="_blank">Click here</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sixth Form students at <strong>St Mary&rsquo;s Catholic Academy</strong> achieved a sparkling set of results in their A Level examinations.100% of students achieved at least two A levels or equivalent and 98% of students achieved&nbsp;3 or more A levels or equivalent.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/education/congratulations-to-the-st-mary-s-shining-stars-1-7410439" target="_blank">Click here&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Congratulations !</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/news/CaptureAlevelsBSFC.jpgTue, 18 Aug 2015 14:32:58 GMTNorbreck Primary Academy's Choirhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-07-14-norbreck-primary-academy-s-choirhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-07-14-norbreck-primary-academy-s-choir<p><a href="/files/audios/01_Norbreck_at_Rossall_Big_Sing.mp3">/files/audios/01_Norbreck_at_Rossall_Big_Sing.mp3</a></p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/news/NorbreckPrimary4.jpgTue, 14 Jul 2015 08:35:02 GMTJune Newsletterhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-06-16-june-newsletterhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-06-16-june-newsletter<p>To download a pdf version of the newsletter,<a href="/files/FCTSA_Newsletter_June_2015(1).pdf"> click here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To view the newsletter, click here&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 26.6666660308838px;">{doc:150617084533-ccebb60ca4054b36a7eaa437e6327068}</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/Newsletter3Mock-up.jpgTue, 16 Jun 2015 09:03:42 GMTMarch Newsletterhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-03-17-march-newsletterhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-03-17-march-newsletter<p>To download a pdf version of the newsletter, <a href="/files/files/FCTSA-Newsletter2.pdf" target="_blank">click here&nbsp;</a></p> <p>To view the newsletter, click&nbsp;below :&nbsp;</p> <p>{doc:150408144545-7384e8cc9f5d43cb8a1349cacbb9b8df}</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/Newsletter_March.jpgWed, 08 Apr 2015 14:46:37 GMTFebruary Newsletterhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-02-17-february-newsletterhttp://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/news/latest/2015-02-17-february-newsletter<p>Read the latest news from the Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance</p> <p>{doc:150227153129-fdd08b3f24c44a0f8d7b9b612638b9ac}</p> http://www.fyldecoastteachingschool.blackpool.sch.uk/images/1024x1024s/news/Newsletter_February.jpgFri, 27 Feb 2015 15:31:38 GMT