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Professional networks and training

Our Teaching School runs a number of Subject Networks:

  • English
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Languages Teachers' Support Network
  • Maths.

We also offer a programme for non-specialist teachers who:

  • have the potential to teach Physics
  • want to retrain as Physics teacher
  • wish to return to the profession and teach Physics.

English

The Secondary English subject leaders continue to meet regularly around the city. This is a self-sustaining free network which is hosted by subject leaders for subject leaders. Please contact Richard Benn (SLE for English) at Silverdale School rbenn@silverdale.sheffield.sch.uk if you want to join the meeting as a new subject leader.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Sheffield Teaching School Alliance is a representative on the CWLB EAL Steering group and is committed to working with this group to develop CPD and partnership working with schools, Universities and experts in the city and beyond. The group are working to bring together all the EAL ‘experts’ in the city so that we can design and deliver a coherent programme of support for teachers of EAL. We have a day of visioning and a Spring conference planned for 2015. Please contact enquiries@sheffieldtsa.org if you are interested in the work of the steering group alternatively contact the chair of this group pamsmith1@sheffield.gov.uk

Language Teachers' Support Network

In partnership with Porter Croft Church of England Primary School, King Edward VII School, Languages Sheffield, Sheffield’s City Wide Learning Body (CWLB) and Silverdale School we have come together to create a network to support all teachers of languages in the city and beyond. The aim of the network is bring together teachers of languages in the city across all phases and to create a space for colleagues to hear about current developments, exchange ideas and collaborate.

The CWLB has provided a small amount of funding for the network to pump-prime the start-up.  We have one SLE for MFL Eva Lamb from King Edward’s who can be contacted at elamb2@kes.sheffield.sch.uk for further details of the next network meeting alternatively check our calendar – (link to calendar page). We are currently looking for a primary colleague to take up the SLE mantle on behalf of primary schools and to work with Eva to collaborate across key stages. (link to becoming an SLE page)

Maths

The Secondary Maths subject leaders continue to meet regularly around the city. This is a self-sustaining free network which is hosted by subject leaders for subject leaders. Please contact Alida Allen (SLE for maths) at Forge Valley School AAllen@forgevalley.sheffield.sch.uk if you want to join the meeting as a new subject leader.

Physics: funded teacher subject specialism training (TSST)

We offer a programme for non-specialist teachers who:

  • have the potential to teach Physics
  • want to retrain as a Physics teacher
  • wish to return to the profession and teach Physics.

Our high quality, high impact programme is delivered in partnership with the Science Learning Network at Sheffield Hallam University.

The programme covers the KS3 and KS4 National Curriculum and provides a firm foundation for KS5. Most importantly the programme is centred on ‘how to teach’ physics in a way that can improve student outcomes, enjoyment and progression rates.

By engaging with this training programme you will be able to:

  • increase your understanding and confidence at KS3 and KS4
  • develop an understanding of common misconceptions
  • employ the effective use of scientific models
  • rehearse opportunities for practical work
  • draw on a wider range of techniques and pedagogies to improve your students’ knowledge and understanding
  • understand more about the researched benefits of active learning approaches
  • teach the mathematical aspects of physics with greater confidence.

Course information: 

8 days equivalent face to face CPD  

Held in the Science Learning Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.

Application:

There is no fee for this training – it is funded by the government Teacher Subject Specialism Training programme. Participants will receive a course completion certificate at the end giving details of all the sessions attended, course content and accreditation (optional Masters accreditation is available)   

To book a place contact our Teaching School on 0114 236 9991 or email: enquiries@sheffieldtsa.org